Capability on display for launch of NUSHIP Sydney

Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

Location(s): Osborne, SA

Topic(s): HMAS Sydney (D42), Launching

NUSHIP Sydney awaits her launch at Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide. (photo: Department of Defence)
NUSHIP Sydney awaits her launch at Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide.

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest ship has been launched during a ceremony at Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide. The Hobart Class Destroyer Sydney carries a proud name and is a significant warfighting enhancement to Australia’s fleet.

Air Warfare Destroyers like NUSHIP Sydney use a combination of global and Australian technology, to provide defence to a Task Group from air, surface and submarine threats. They are the first Australian ships equipped with the US Aegis weapon system, which significantly enhances Navy warfighting capability and allows them to work more closely with our allies than ever before.

The Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said the launching of NUSHIP Sydney is a significant milestone for industry and Defence.

“As Sydney floats clear of her synchrolift, she will continue her journey towards decades of service to the nation,” CN told the launch ceremony.

“In the last three years we have seen the launch of the first two Air Warfare Destroyers - HMAS Hobart (III) and NUSHIP Brisbaneand with the launch today of Sydney, the class is now complete.

“They are powerful, elegant new warships that will serve Australia as a key part of our fleet for decades to come - a fleet that will be strong, agile, intelligent, and lethal.”

NUSHIP Sydney will continue fitting out prior to the commencement of sea trials next year.