The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) first of three 7,000-tonne Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) has conducted its first-ever replenishment at sea (RAS).
In an 18 February statement the RAN said HMAS Hobart carried out the move with the 3,800-tonne frigate HMAS Anzac off the east coast of Australia. The ships had sailed from Fleet Base East to conduct officer-of-the-watch manoeuvres.
In addition to successfully connecting lines between both ships, Hobart also transferred a test weight to ensure it could transfer items with other ships in the future, said the RAN.
The manoeuvre came as Hobart conducted several first-of-class trials, including launching test torpedoes, anti-air gunnery serials, and firing the ship’s close-in weapon system.
It is expected that Hobart will be ready to deploy upon completion of the final series of trials in the United States later in 2018. Australia's second AWD of the class, Brisbane , is undergoing sea trials, with delivery to the RAN scheduled for September 2018. The third ship, Sydney , is expected to be handed over in December 2019.
Captain John Stavridis, the commanding officer of Hobart , said the ship’s company had to focus on an intricate series of manoeuvres leading into the RAS. “We wanted to get our first RAS right and set the standard for what I expect to be hundreds of similarly successful replenishments in Hobart ’s future,” he said.
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