Hobart completes Builder Sea Trials

This article has photo gallery Published on AWD Alliance (author), ABET Alan Lucas (photographer)

Location(s): Adelaide, South Australia

Topic(s): HMAS Hobart (D39)

The Air Warfare Destroyer, NUSHIP Hobart, commences its first series of sea trails, Builder's Sea Trials, which demonstrates the functionality of the ship's propulsion, manoeuvring, auxiliary, control and navigation systems. (photo: ABET Alan Lucas)
The Air Warfare Destroyer, NUSHIP Hobart, commences its first series of sea trails, Builder's Sea Trials, which demonstrates the functionality of the ship's propulsion, manoeuvring, auxiliary, control and navigation systems.

Builder Sea Trials for the first destroyer Hobart are complete following several days at sea off the coast of South Australia last week. 

Significant progress has been made on the project to reach the milestone with the ship build commencing in January 2010, hull consolidation in March 2014, and official launch - when the ship floated for the first time - in May 2015. 

Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance Program Manager, Commodore Craig Bourke said that he was looking forward to seeing the ship in the fleet.

“The completion of Hobart’s Builder Sea Trials is a significant step towards delivery of the first AWD to Defence and the most capable warships ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy,” he said.

“The team of shipbuilders and systems integrators can take great pride in attaining this major milestone of sending our first AWD to sea and successfully completing its platform trials."

Over the coming months the second destroyer Brisbane will enter the water following her launch in December, as well as hull consolidation of the third destroyer, Sydney, in August 2017.

The Alliance invovles shipbuilder ASC, combat systems integrator Raytheon Australia and the Defence's Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

ASC Shipbuilding CEO Mark Lamarre, said the team was aware there is much still to achieve.

“Moving forward, [we] will continue to consolidate and outfit the remaining two destroyers Brisbane and Sydney, implementing lessons learnt from Hobart’s build along the way,” he said. 

Raytheon Australia Managing Director, Michael Ward, also acknowledged the successful completion of Hobart’s first phase of sea trials. 

As the combat systems integrator for the project, Raytheon Australia has applied its workforce of architects, systems engineers and project managers to the project over the last decade.  

“Raytheon Australia is responsible for the design, delivery and integration of the AWD Combat System which comprises ten major subsystems, and more than 3,500 major pieces of combat system equipment.  This sophisticated combat system contributes to making AWD the most advanced and lethal warship ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy,” he said.

“We look forward to Hobart’s continued success on sea trials next year when the advanced combat system is tested.” 

Following completion of further sea trials in early 2017, the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance is scheduled to deliver Hobart to the Department of Defence in June 2017.