Royal Australian Navy’s first Hobart-class guided-missile destroyer, HMAS Hobart (DDG 39) has conducted its maiden firing of an SM-2 Standard Missile against an unmanned target during trials off the coast of New South Wales.
With the test firing, HMAS Hobart became the first Hobart-class destroyer to fire a missile in Australian waters.
Linda Reynolds, the country’s Minister for Defence, said the successful missile firing demonstrates the capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy’s most advanced warships.
“HMAS Hobart is the most sophisticated and lethal warship ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy, and this missile firing is a demonstration of how she can fight and win at sea,” Minister Reynolds said. “The Australian Government is modernising our Navy into a state-of-the-art maritime power through an additional $90 billion commitment.”
Hobart’s Commanding Officer, Commander Ryan Gaskin said the successful firing was a significant step in progressing Navy’s high-end warfighting capability.
“The missile firing was an opportunity to test recent upgrades to the ship’s Aegis combat system and prepare the ship’s company for their upcoming deployment,” Commander Gaskin said. “Our advanced sensors provide a real-time picture of the tactical situation, which when combined with our weapons systems gives us a formidable defence capability.”
HMAS Hobart carries a range of weapon systems, including an Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) containing RIM-66 Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) and RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSM), a Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber main gun, Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS), two 25mm Mk 25 Typhoon guns, and MU90 and Mk54 light-weight torpedoes for subsurface defence.
HMAS Hobart is based at Garden Island in Sydney and will deploy for the first time next month as the lead ship in a task group deployment.