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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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I personally believe that the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand should attempt to synchronise and pool their procurement processes and training and perhaps establish a “surge group”, which would allow the respective nations to draw on “surge group” resources for short periods of intense activity or cover short-term procurement gaps.

    We all work with the US intimately in different spheres of operation and train closely so I do not see why not.

    The UK and Australia are going through destroyer, submarine and frigate upgrade programmes which, although out of phase, could have been aligned and delivered by new contractor Joint Ventures. We need to move away from the seller-buyer relationship with our key allies and expect to share the work. Yes, we’d sacrifice short term profits but we certainly reap longer term orders, reduced costs and more R&D.

  2. It’s a good ship
    Sadly just not enough built
    For a country the size of Australia 3 ships is just not good enough.

  3. Australian population 23.1 million – UK population 64.1 million or 2.77 times
    By 2020 RAN will have 3 x air warfare destroyers – UK should have 8 Type 45s
    RAN 8 Anzac Class Frigates – UK should have 22 Type 23s
    RAN 6 SSKs – UK should have 16 SSNs
    RAN 2 LHDs – UK should have at least 5 LHD equivalents

    RAN planned force expands to 9 frigates (UK 25) 12 SSKs (UK 33) 12 OPVs (UK 33) option for 4th AWD (UK 11)

    So you could argue for a country with population and GDP of the UK the current RN fleet is ‘just not good enough’.

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