Australia’s Newest Warship HMAS Brisbane Arrives Home from First Overseas Deployment

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest warship, HMAS Brisbane (DDG 41), arrived home to Sydney on Dec. 17, following her first overseas deployment.

HMAS Brisbane (DDG 41), named after the city of Brisbane, Queensland, is the second ship of the Navy’s Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWD). The five-month deployment saw the destroyer put through her paces, including combat system testing off the West Coast of the United States.

Commanding Officer, Commander Josh Wilson, said in a first for the Royal Australian Navy, Brisbane completed a live cooperative missile engagement with the United States Navy.

“Brisbane’s deployment has both enhanced interoperability with the United States and demonstrated the lethality of the Hobart class,” Commander Wilson said. “Australia is now better equipped to integrate into joint exercises and operations as a result of this deployment. The deployment marked the culmination of 12-months’ hard work for the crew. It feels fantastic to have achieved our objective and returned home to our friends and family in time for Christmas.”

Brisbane’s arrival drew to a close the return of ten Royal Australian Navy warships from deployments across South East Asia, the Pacific and the United States. Over the past several months Navy’s warships have conducted complex exercises with our partners, building on our respective skills and helping to keep our region secure.

HMAS Brisbane is the second of three 147-meter long Australian-built Hobart class Destroyers and is designed to provide air defence for groups of ships, in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, against missiles and aircraft.

The ship is equipped with an Mk41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) with SM-2 Standard Missiles and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM), an Mk45 5-inch main gun, Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS), two 25mm Typhoon guns, and MU90 and Mk54 light-weight torpedoes for subsurface defence.

Brisbane was built at ASC’s shipyard in Osborne, South Australia from modules fabricated by ASC, BAE Systems Australia in Victoria, and Forgacs Group in New South Wales. She was laid down on 3 February 2014 and launched on 15 December 2016.

The vessel commenced sea trials in November 2017, was handed over to the RAN on 27 July 2018 and was commissioned on 27 October 2018.

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