The last of the Hobart-class air warfare destroyers has gone through its one of its final tests, completing sea trials last week.
Built in Australia by ASC Shipbuilding, the Hobart-class were designed by Navantia, in partnership with Raytheon and the Department of Defence.
The NUSHIP Sydney, the third of the Hobart-class destroyers, was assembled along with its sister ships at the Osborne shipyards in South Australia, based on pre-fabricated modules.
The Hobart-class, by providing air defence of other naval ships, as well as protecting onshore assets and providing gunfire support, replaces the Perth-class destroyers and Adelaide-class frigates. Total cost for the program is estimated at $9.1 billion and has lasted from 2009 to the current day.
According the Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds, the ships will be the best in their class.
“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.”