The first of Navy’s new destroyers, NUSHIP Hobart, got to 'feel the water' as she was launched at the ASC shipyard in Adelaide on 23 May.
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, along with the Governor of South Australia his Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le and the Minister For Defence the Hon. Kevin Andrews, MP oversaw the lowering of the ship into the water amid cheers from gathered dignitaries and workers.
Vice Admiral Barrett and the launching lady, Mrs Nicola Hodgman, wife of the Tasmanian Premier were joined by the premier of South Australia the Hon. Jay Weatherill, as the 7,000 tonne guided missle destroyer (DDG) was named and entered her working environment, the sea, to serve the nation for a generation.
Vice Admiral Barrett said the launch of a major new warship was a significant day for the Navy and the nation.
“When that ship is the first of class, it is a momentous occasion,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.
“On her launch day, she is no longer just inert steel in an industrial site.
“She has reached the point in her construction when she no longer belongs ashore.”
The ship is 75 per cent complete and will now undergo several months of fit out of her sensors and weapons in preparation for her acceptance trials.
Only when they are completed and passed will she be commissioned into naval service as HMAS Hobart.
“The fleet that NUSHIP Hobart will eventually join, is growing in size, in strength, in agility, in intelligence and in lethality.
“The introduction of the DDGs will significantly increase Navy’s ability to contribute to an integrated joint mission for air and missile defence.”
The launch concluded with three cheers from the crowd as she settled into the water heralding the beginning of an era of new naval capability.
More images of this event are available in the Navy Gallery http://images.navy.gov.au/S20151439
A webcast of the launch is available in the AWD gallery http://stagingconnections.org/webcasts/AWD/AWD.html