The Hobart class of Air Warfare Destroyers has completed its first round of sea trials, pointing towards a sucessful launch next year.
The tests took place at Techport Australia in Adelaide. A second round of tests will take place in early 2017, and launch is scheduled for June of 2017.
The Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said this achievement is a significant milestone for the Air Warfare Destroyer Project and the nation, and demonstrates the capacity of Australia’s sovereign defence industry to build and integrate ships for our specific defence needs.
“Hobart has now proven its hull, propulsion and navigation systems after several days of testing in local SA waters,” Minister Pyne said.
“Further sea trials will take place in early 2017 when Hobart conducts more advanced testing of the ship’s combat and communications systems.
Production will be finalised after three Hobart-class AWD's are completed in ports around Australia.
Progress also continues on the testing and construction of a second destroyer Brisbane, with the loading of combat system equipment prior to launch in December 2018, while hull consolidation on destroyer Sydney is well underway, scheduled for a 2020 launch.
“I congratulate the AWD Alliance partners; the Commonwealth, ASC and Raytheon Australia on this important milestone today, and their continued progress toward delivering the most capable warships ever to be operated by the Royal Australian Navy," said Pyne.