Governor-General inspects our newest warship

Published on LEUT Anthony White (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Fleet Base East, HMAS Hobart (D39)

Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, RAN, and HMAS Hobart's ship's company salute the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove depart HMAS Hobart. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)
Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, RAN, and HMAS Hobart's ship's company salute the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove depart HMAS Hobart.

The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove visited the Royal Australian Navy destroyer, HMAS Hobart alongside Fleet Base East recently and liked what they saw.

In Navy’s newest warship, the Governor-General heard directly from members of ship’s company who will be onboard a ship capable of engaging enemy ships, aircraft, missiles and submarines at distances of more than 150 kilometres as well as providing cover to land forces.

Sir Peter said that the Australian people will be well served by the capability that this new ship brings to the Australian Defence Force as well the Navy members who serve onboard her.

“This ship is at the cutting edge of Navy and Australia’s warfighting capability and I know that the men and women of HMAS Hobart will be proud of the service they provide to the Australian people.’ said the Governor-General said.

The Governor-General was escorted by Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM RAN who was keen to show the former Chief of Defence Force how Navy’s modern warfighting had evolved.

“Sir Peter was keen to hear how this type of capability could be deployed in warfighting, constabulary and diplomatic operations in a range of scenarios both regionally and further afield,” Rear Admiral Mead said. 

“We both agreed that the Hobart-class destroyers are a formidable and potent capability that will significantly enhance the defence of Australia and its national interests.”