The first of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) was provisionally accepted by the Department of Defence (DoD) on 16 June from the AWD Alliance.
The grouping consists of the DoD, government-owned shipbuilder ASC, and contractor Raytheon Australia.
NUSHIP Hobart successfully completed 21 days of sea acceptance trials off the south Australian coast in March, involving a series of platform and Aegis combat system tests. Subsequent platform and system familiarisation activities were conducted with the Spanish Armada's Christobal Colon , on whose F-100 design the Hobart class is based.
The 7,000-tonne AWD will undergo further trials off south and east Australia before being formally commissioned into the RAN in Sydney on 23 September under the designation DDG (Destroyer Designated Guided).
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