The second Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has begun its first phase of sea trials ahead of the ship’s expected delivery to the service in mid-2018.
This first phase of sea trials, which will take place over the coming weeks, will test the propulsion, manoeuvring, control, and navigation systems of Brisbane , and will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials in 2018 to test the ship’s combat and communications systems, according to a 20 November statement by the AWD Alliance, which includes the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), Raytheon Australia as the combat systems integrator, ASC as the shipbuilder, and Navantia as the shipbuilder manager.
The start of Brisbane ’s sea trials follows the commissioning on 23 September of the RAN’s first AWD, HMAS Hobart, which is expected to be ready for operational tasking in late 2018. The third and final of Australia’s AWDs, Sydney , is expected to be handed over to the RAN in late 2019.
Formally designated guided missile destroyers (DDG), the Hobart-class vessels are to replace six Adelaide-class (US Oliver Hazard Perry design) guided missile frigates. Only three ships of the Adelaide class remain in service, of which one, HMAS Darwin , will be retired in December 2017, as Jane’s previously reported.
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