Australian Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) accepted delivery of the second Hobart Class destroyer NUSHIP Brisbane during an official ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia on Friday.
The ceremony, attended by Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, included the presentation of the ship’s bell rope and battle honour board to Brisbane’s Commanding Officer Commander Josh Wilson.
“Brisbane will enter into service later this year and with her sister ships, they will be the most potent warships ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy”, said Minister Pyne. “By using a combination of Australian and globally proven technologies, these highly capable warships will contribute directly to our maritime security and allow us to work even closer with our allies.”
“This is major step in the construction of the Brisbane, and she will be one of the most capable warships in the world, and it is a reflection of how Navy’s modern warfighting has evolved.” Vice Admiral Noonan said. “She has the world’s first complete combat management system, which integrates powerful computers, radars and weapon systems to provide simultaneous defence against advanced air, surface and subsurface threats, allowing the Royal Australian Navy to think, fight and win.”
In the coming months, NUSHIP Brisbane will sail from Adelaide to Sydney where she will be commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) fleet as HMAS Brisbane (DDG 41), joining her sister ship HMAS Hobart (DDG 39). HMAS Hobart is the lead ship of the RAN’s Hobart class of destroyers.
In April, NUSHIP Brisbane successfully completed her second phase of sea trials off the coast of South Australia. This phase of trials, known as Category 5 (CAT 5) Sea Acceptance Trials, ran over a three week period, and included some 30 platform tests and 38 combat system tests, comprising of over 120 other test activities.
AWD Alliance will deliver the third and final Air Warfare Destroyer, the future HMAS Sydney (DDG 42), in 2019.
The Hobart Class destroyers are being built and integrated by the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance, comprised of the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia and ASC Shipbuilding with support from Navantia Australia, at ASC’s shipyard in Osborne, South Australia.
These ships, built under Australia’s SEA 4000 program, will replace the Adelaide-class frigates and restore the capability last exhibited by the Perth-class destroyers. The total cost of the program will be over $8 billion, making it the most expensive weapons program ever for Australia.
The destroyers will provide air defence for accompanying ships in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft.
The ships are based on Álvaro de Bazán class frigate deployed by the Spanish Navy. It is equipped with the Aegis Combat System, which integrates with the long-range AN/SPY1 passive electronically scanned array (PESA) radar to detect, track, and engage aerial targets. The new destroyer is the first in the RAN to carry the Aegis system.
They have the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) capable of firing RIM-66 Standard 2 surface-to-air missiles (SAM) or quad-packed RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow missile (ESSM) and torpedoes for anti-submarine operations. The missiles are supplemented by 2 x 4 Harpoon anti-ship missiles in canister launchers and a BAE Mark 45 (Mod 4) 5-inch 62-calibre gun with a range of 23.6 km (14.7 mi).
Two Babcock Mark 32 Mod 9 two-tube torpedo launchers are used to launch Eurotorp MU90 torpedoes for Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. For close-in defense, the ships will carry one aft-facing Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS) and two M242 Bushmasters in bridge wing Typhoon mounts.
The destroyers will carry a single MH-60R Romeo Seahawk helicopter. Two rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB) are also carried. The standard ship’s company is 186-strong, plus 16 additional personnel to operate and maintain the ship’s helicopter, with maximum accommodation for 234.