October 3, 2018 – The ship’s company of the Royal Australian Navy’s first Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer, HMAS Hobart, have celebrated their first birthday while enroute to the west coast of the USA.
Commanding Officer, Captain John Stavridis, along with the crew’s youngest member, Seaman Thomas Norris-Elliott and the crew’s most experienced member, Chief Petty Officer Ric Macchetta, cut the cake during a morning muster to mark this special occasion. The Ghost Riders took a moment to enjoy the scenery and a piece of cake on the flight deck.
Built in Osborne, South Australia, HMAS Hobart was commissioned into service on 23 September 2017 and continues a proud and distinguished history of the Hobart name in the Royal Australian Navy. Affectionately known as the Green Ghost, Hobart has been busy since commissioning with Category 5 weapons firings, first of class trials (including flight trials with the MH60R helicopter), Co-operative Engagement Capability testing with NUSHIP Brisbane, deployment readiness workup and a visit to her namesake city as flagship for the Royal Hobart Regatta.
Hobart is currently deployed to the west coast of the USA where her combat and missile systems will undergo rigorous testing and evaluation prior to returning to home port prior to Christmas.