The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) newest air warfare destroyer (AWD) NUSHIP Brisbane has started its first phase of sea trials.
NUSHIP Brisbane is the second of three Hobart-class guided missile destroyers that are currently being developed under the AWD programme in Australia.
Its two sister ships are named HMAS Hobart and Sydney respectively.
Brisbane is currently being constructed indigenously by the AWD Alliance, which comprises shipbuilding company ASC as the lead developer and Raytheon Australia as the mission systems integrator.
The Commonwealth of Australia is also involved in the development, while Navantia has collaborated with the alliance partners as the AWD designer and ship build manager.
Brisbane’s sea trials are being conducted to test its hull, propulsion and navigation systems.
The initial testing phase is slated to be carried out over the coming months and will be followed by a more advanced series of sea trials next year.
The advanced trials will help demonstrate the capabilities of NUSHIP Brisbane’s combat and communications systems.
Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “Over the past decade, more than 5,000 people from across the Department of Defence, ASC, Raytheon Australia and Navantia have dedicated millions of hours of effort to the AWD programme.”
“With more than 60% Australian industry capability, the AWD programme is a true example of a home-grown capability.
“Through the AWD programme, we have created a local workforce with specialist shipbuilding and complex systems integration skills that will form the foundation for future shipbuilding projects in Australia.”
Brisbane’s keel was initially laid down on 3 February 2014 and the vessel was launched on 15 December last year.
The first AWD, HMAS Hobart, was also commissioned by the Australian Navy in September this year.