The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has provisionally accepted the first of three Aegis-equipped Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
Hobart , which is being built and integrated by the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance comprising the DoD, Raytheon Australia, and ASC with support from Navantia, was handed over in a ceremony held at the Osborne naval shipyard in Adelaide on 16 June.
In the coming months Hobart will transit from Adelaide to Sydney, where it is expected to be commissioned by the RAN later this year.
The 146.7 m-long vessel, which has a full-load displacement of 6,350 tonnes and a top speed of 28 kt, was laid down in September 2012 and launched in May 2015.
In March the ship completed 21 days of sea acceptance trials off the coast of South Australia involving about 20 platform and 45 combat system tests.
"The acceptance of this first-of-class ship is a further demonstration of the success of the government-led reform initiative, with the programme meeting all budget and schedule targets," Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement.
The minister added that the provisional acceptance of Hobart represents "some of the most complex and innovative engineering accomplishments ever undertaken in Australia".
The second ship of the class, Brisbane , is expected to undertake builder's sea trials in the final quarter of 2017, with delivery to the RAN scheduled for September 2018.
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