Defence takes delivery of second Air Warfare Destroyer

NUSHIP Brisbane at sea during builders trials viewed from her sister ship, HMAS Hobart. Source: http://www.navy.gov.au/

Defence has taken delivery of the second Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.

Dubbed “Brisbane”, the vessel is the second of three ships being built and integrated by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance which comprises the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia, and ASC Shipbuilding supported by Navantia Australia.

In the coming months, NUSHIP Brisbane will sail from Adelaide to Sydney where she will be commissioned into service by the Royal Australian Navy.

Speaking at the acceptance ceremony in Adelaide on Friday, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said the AWD Program is being delivered on budget and on schedule.

“Today’s milestone is a further demonstration of the success of the Turnbull Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan,” the Minister said.

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The first Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Hobart, was accepted and commissioned into service last year, with the third ship, Sydney, to be delivered to the Navy next year.

The entire project provided employment for more than 5,000 skilled Australians over the past decade.

“The AWD Program has also built a vast Australian supply chain, comprising more than 2,700 suppliers,” Minister Pyne added.

“Over 500 of these are from South Australia, stimulating strong economic growth and job creation.”

AWD Alliance General Manager, Paul Evans said the AWD program has proven that Australia is able to build and integrate ships from the ground up.

“We have implemented learnings from ship to ship in order to deliver better outcomes, faster outcomes, create more skills, more efficiency and ultimately deliver a better capability.”
“The complexity of this project is reflected in the sophistication of the Air Warfare Destroyers which are providing a step-change in capability for the Australian Defence Force,” Director General Naval Construction Branch, Commodore (CDRE) Steve Tiffen said.
“As the most lethal warships Australia has ever possessed, all three destroyers feature an advanced anti-submarine warfare capability, state-of-the-art radar technology and an air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at an extended range,” said CDRE Tiffen.
Raytheon Australia Managing Director, Michael Ward said that the company is extremely proud to be part of the team that is delivering the Hobart class AWDs to the Royal Australian Navy.
“Together we have delivered two warships equipped with a powerful, integrated combat system, making them the most advanced warships ever operated by the RAN. This Australian combat system is the result of millions of hours of effort from our highly skilled Adelaide workforce, which includes more than 350 combat systems integrators, engineers and program managers as well as the 500 combat systems suppliers who have directly contributed to the AWD program,” Ward said.
“The AWD program’s combat systems integration activities represent some of the most advanced engineering and project management skills in this country. Through our work to deliver the AWD combat system on time and to budget, we have ultimately created a unique combat systems integration capability for Australia,” he said.