The Department of Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group accepted delivery of the second Hobart Class destroyer NUSHIP Brisbane at an official ceremony in Adelaide on Friday.
The ceremony, attended by Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, included the presentation of the ship’s bell rope and battle honour board to Brisbane’s Commanding Officer Commander Josh Wilson.
Minister Pyne said Brisbane is the second of three ships being delivered by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance.
“Brisbane will enter into service later this year and with her sister ships, they will be the most potent warships ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy.” Minister Pyne
“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.”
Vice Admiral Noonan noted the significance of the occasion, for the Navy and Australia.
“This is major step in the construction of the Brisbane, and she will be one of the most capable warships in the world, and it is a reflection of how Navy’s modern warfighting has evolved.” Vice Admiral Noonan said.
“She has the world’s first complete combat management system, which integrates powerful computers, radars and weapon systems to provide simultaneous defence against advanced air, surface and subsurface threats, allowing the Royal Australian Navy to think, fight and win.”
This is the final milestone for Brisbane, and she will transition from Adelaide to Sydney in September where she will be commissioned into service.
In April, Brisbane successfully completed her second phase of sea trials off the coast of South Australia. This phase of trials, known as Category 5 (CAT 5) Sea Acceptance Trials, ran over a three week period, and included some 30 platform tests and 38 combat system tests, comprising of over 120 other test activities.
The Hobart Class destroyers will provide air defence for accompanying ships in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft.