Navy’s most advanced ships exercise together for first time

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Jessica Craig (author), Mr Peter Beeh (photographer), LSIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), LSIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (author)

Topic(s): Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG), Standard Missile 2 (SM2)

HMA Ships Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney sail in formation through the the Eastern Australian Exercise Area off the coast of New South Wales. (photo: Mr Peter Beeh)
HMA Ships Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney sail in formation through the the Eastern Australian Exercise Area off the coast of New South Wales.

HMA Ships HobartBrisbane and Sydney have exercised together for the first time, setting the standard for blue water combat capability in our region.

Navy’s most advanced ships, the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers, also operated with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to develop air-sea integration.

Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Captain Ryan Gaskin, said the exercise confirmed the lethality of Australia’s Destroyers, their advanced capabilities and the superior skills of the ships’ crews.

“We have demonstrated through this exercise that our platforms and people are ready to respond to a more complex and contested maritime domain,” Captain Gaskin said.

“The Aegis Combat System provides the Destroyers with advanced layered offensive and defensive capabilities to counter conventional and asymmetrical threats, while our people provide the expert knowledge that increases our systems’ lethality.”

Commanding Officer HMAS Brisbane, Commander Aaron Cox, said integrating RAAF advanced platforms into the exercise was “a critical milestone in progressing maritime and air combat capabilities that will strengthen our partnerships with regional and allied nations”.

“We are continuing to work with the other Services to update, test and trial how we lead the business of defensive and combat effectiveness in our region.”

During the exercise, Hobart and Brisbane each fired a Standard Missile 2.

Noting the importance of the capability demonstration, the Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Melissa Price embarked in the ships to watch the firings.