The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart (DDG 39) has completed the initial phase of its first operational deployment, engaging with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF).
Hobart is part of a Task Force of nine ships, two submarines and four helicopters representing Australia from South East Asia to North Asia for multinational exercises and regional engagement activities. The ship arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, after successfully completing Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT with JMSDF assets.
This deployment is an important milestone for Hobart following a demanding year of maintenance, upgrades, testing, and training. The ship will now continue on to other countries in the region for bilateral exercises.
HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), named after the city of Hobart, Tasmania, is the lead ship of the Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWD) operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
The ship, based on the Spanish Navy Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate designed by Navantia, 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. Hobart was ordered in 2007, laid down in September 2012, and launched in May 2015.
The ship is equipped with the American Aegis Combat System, which integrates with the long-range AN/SPY-1 PESA radar to detect, track, and engage aerial targets. The new destroyer is the first in the RAN to carry the Aegis system.
The Australian Department of Defence accepted delivery of the vessel on 16 June 2017 and the ship was commissioned into the RAN fleet on 23 September 2017.