Final Air Warfare Destroyer completes sea trials

Published on Department of Defence (author), Russell Millard Photography (photographer)

Topic(s): NUSHIP Sydney (D42), Sea Trials

NUSHIP Sydney during recent sea trials. (photo: Russell Millard)
NUSHIP Sydney during recent sea trials.

The Australian Defence Force’s third Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), NUSHIP Sydney, is on track to be delivered to the Navy in February 2020 after completing sea trials.

Sydney is the third and final ship being delivered by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance which includes the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia, and ASC Shipbuilding supported by Navantia Australia.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the success of Sydney’s sea trials represents a significant step towards its delivery.

“Today’s milestone is another example of the Liberal and National Government’s successful initiative to reform the AWD program, setting the scene for the Naval Shipbuilding Plan,” Minister Reynolds said.

Sydney will enter into service early next year, and with her sister ships HMA Ships Hobart (III) and Brisbane (III), they will be the most potent warships to date.

“By using a combination of Australian and globally proven technologies, these highly capable warships are truly world-class and will allow us to work even closer with our allies.”

Following Sydney’s sea trials, final production work including the integration of the MH60-R helicopter, will be completed ahead of the ship's provisional acceptance into service in February 2020.