The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) second air warfare destroyer (AWD), NUSHIP Brisbane, has been officially delivered during a ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide.
NUSHIP Brisbane represents the second of three vessels that are currently being built for the RAN by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance.
The alliance was established by the Australian Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia and ASC Shipbuilding with support from Navantia Australia.
Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “Today’s milestone is a further demonstration of the success of the Turnbull government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan.
“The AWD Programme has met all budget and schedule targets since the implementation of the government’s reform initiative.”
The AWD vessels have been designed to be the most capable warships ever operated by the Australia Navy and the second unit is slated to enter service later this year, Pyne further said.
Pyne added: “By using a combination of Australian and globally proven technologies, these highly capable warships will contribute directly to our maritime security and allow us to work even closer with our allies.”
More than 5,000 skilled workers have contributed to the construction of the three AWDs over the last ten years.
Pyne noted: “This has laid the foundation for an Australian shipbuilding and systems integration industry, which will construct the new Hunter-class frigates in South Australia.
“The AWD Programme has also built a vast Australian supply chain, comprising more than 2,700 suppliers.
“Over 500 of these are from South Australia, stimulating strong economic growth and job creation.”
The first vessel of the class, HMAS Hobart, was previously accepted and commissioned into service with the Australian Navy last year.
The third AWD, Sydney, was launched at the Osborne shipyard in May and is slated for delivery next year.