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Australia’s third Hobart-class destroyer set to be operationalised earlier

26 March 2019

Key Points

  • Australia will incorporate structural upgrades to the country’s third Air Warfare Destroyer as it is being built
  • The vessel will be operational with the Royal Australian Navy 12 months earlier than originally planned

The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) third Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), HMAS Sydney , will achieve operational capability 12 months earlier than originally planned after a technical upgrade process for the ship has been fast-tracked.

The technical upgrade, which will enable Sydney to accommodate the Sikorsky MH-60R helicopter and its associated ordnance, has now been incorporated into its building process at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.

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