HMAS Hobart, first-of-class of Australia’s three new Aegis-equipped Air Warfare Destroyers has completed five weeks of sea trials.
The focus of the trials was to test and verify the ship and its ability to support the Aegis combat system, including demonstration and test of the system across multiple ‘warfare areas in an at-sea environment’.
The Hobart class is a ship class of three air warfare destroyers. Planning for ships to replace the Adelaide-class frigates and restore the capability last exhibited by the Perth-class destroyers began by 2000.
Although the designation “Air Warfare Destroyer”, the destroyers are expected to also operate in anti-surface, anti-submarine, and naval gunfire support roles.
Jim Sheridan, Lockheed Martin vice president of Naval Combat & Missile Defense Systems said:
“This is yet another significant milestone for the Commonwealth and for the Aegis combat system aboard Australia’s first Hobart Class destroyer, capable of simultaneously defending against advanced air, surface and subsurface threats.
Having these three destroyers with the Aegis combat system provides Australia with new game changing capabilities to address modern threats.”
Paul Waterworth, Aegis engineer, Lockheed Martin Australia said:
“Australia is receiving a significant new capability which, as an Australian, I am very proud of contributing towards.
The team is dedicated to ensuring the successful delivery of Hobart’s Aegis capability to the Royal Australian Navy.”
Each ship’s main weapon is a 48-cell Mark 41 Vertical Launch System. The cells are capable of firing the RIM-66 Standard 2 anti-aircraft missile or the quad-packed RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow point-defence missile.