Australias Third Air Warfare Destroyer Completes Sea Trials – The Diplomat


The Royal Australian Navys (RAN) third and final air warfare destroyer (AWD), the future HMAS Sydney (DDG 42), has officially completed sea trials, the Australian Department of Defense (DoD) announced on November 9.

Todays milestone is another example of the Liberal and National Governments successful initiative to reform the AWD program, setting the scene for the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, Australian Minister for Defense, Senator Linda Reynolds, said in a press statement.

Sydney will enter into service early next year, and with her sister-ships HMA Ships Hobart and Brisbane, 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.

Sydney completed two rounds of sea trials in September and October. The first round tested the warships hull, propulsion and navigation systems. The second round tested and evaluated the destroyers combat and communications systems.

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The future HMAS Sydney will be the third and final ship of the 7,000-ton Hobart-class of guided-missile (air warfare) destroyers. The first-of-class HMAS Hobart was commissioned in September 2017. The HMAS Brisbane entered service in October 2018.

The warships are all based on the Navantia-designed Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate (aka F-100) currently in service with the Sp....

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