The second of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) three Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), Nuship Brisbane, was put to sea on 20 November for builder’s sea trials that will test its propulsion, manoeuvring, control, and navigation systems.
The 7,000-tonne ship will subsequently undertake sea acceptance trials early in 2018 to test its combat and communications systems, with delivery to the RAN scheduled for June of that year.
AWD Alliance general manager Paul Evans said in a statement on 20 November that the start of Brisbane’s sea trials confirmed that the AWD programme continued to meet or exceed milestone targets since the government’s successful reform initiative.
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