The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) first Hobart-class air-warfare destroyer (AWD) has been deployed in order to commence sea-acceptance trials off the coast of South Australia.
The trials will be conducted to test the function and performance of the vessel’s complete mission system, which includes both the platform and combat systems. The latest tests follow the builder-sea trials that were conducted in September last year.
Defence Industry Australia Minister Christopher Pyne said: “The construction and integration work occurring here in Adelaide on the AWD programme is a vital part of South Australia’s shipbuilding industry.”
The air-warfare destroyer is expected to be delivered to the Australian Department of Defence later this year, upon successful completion of the current round of trials.
ASC Shipbuilding chief executive officer Mark Lamarre said: “Successful sea-acceptance trials show that Australia’s sovereign defence industry can build and integrate ships for our specific defence needs, and will prove this highly capable platform ready for delivery to Defence.”
Hobart has been designed to offer an advanced and potent air-warfare capability to the RAN, and was officially launched last year. Construction of the 146.7m-long Hobart started in 2010.
The Hobart-class destroyers have a displacement capacity of the vessels is 7,000t, and are fitted with Aegis weapon system baseline 8, AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar, horizon search radar, advanced Harpoon weapon control systems and two Quad launchers.
The second ship of the class Brisbane was recently launched and is scheduled for delivery in 2018, while the third AWD Sydney has been gaining efficiency improvements of roughly 61% and is expected to be delivered in 2020.
Image: The Royal Australian Navy’s air warfare destroyer Hobart. Photo: courtesy of LordHello1 / Wikipedia.