Sydney Goes to Sea

September 17, 2019 – The Navy’s latest and most exciting addition to the Fleet has set sail for the first time and is currently conducting Builder’s Sea Trials in South Australia.

This marks the first major step for NUSHIP Sydney and its crew in becoming a highly effective warfighting unit, capable of the full spectrum of naval operations.

Thanks to lessons learned from sister ships Hobart (III) and Brisbane (III), as well as the completion of the AIR 9000 upgrade enabling operational use of the MH-60R helicopter and the addition of Close-in Weapons System CWIS 1B2, when coming out of build Sydney will be the most capable Australian ship ever produced in an Australian ship yard, and the most advanced ship ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy.

Inheriting one of the most famous and historic names in the Royal Australian Navy, Sydney has an important legacy to continue within the modern force.

Alliance General Manager, Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance, Paul Evans (front row, third from left); Director General Naval Construction Branch, CDRE Steve Tiffen (centre); Captain Nick Woods MN (fifth from left); Commanding Officer NUSHIP Sydney, CMDR Edward Seymour (sixth from left); with NUSHIP Sydney crew and AWD Warrant Officer’s team onboard NUSHIP Sydney before she enters Sea Acceptance Trials, Osborne, SA.

With her forbearers seeing action in numerous combat zones from the First World War through to involvement in contemporary conflict in the Middle East, HMAS Sydney (V) has inherited 14 Battle Honours.

Some of these include the sinking of Emden (1914), Bartolomeo Colleoni at Cape Spada (1940), Kormoran (1941), participation in the Korean War (1951-1952), the Vietnam War (1965-1972), Gulf War (1991), East Timor (1999) and the war in Iraq (2003).

Now the fifth re-incarnation of the name, this time as a Destroyer, the soon to be HMAS Sydney (V) boasts an impressive array of weaponry and sensor capabilities including the Aegis Weapons System.

Alongside HMA Ships Hobart (III) and Brisbane (III), Sydney is one of the most advanced warfighting platforms the Royal Australian Navy has acquired to date.

It will be a proud sight for all associated with the Royal Australian Navy when the newest ship sails into her namesake city for the first time.

Sydney (V) is due to sail into Sydney Harbour toward the end of March and planning is already underway for members of HMAS Sydney associations to view Sydney (V)’s first harbour entrance from the prime viewing location of HMAS Watson on South Head.

The HMAS Sydney (I) memorial on Bradley’s Head will also be an excellent vantage point.

NUSHIP Sydney is due to commission in early May 2020.

For many in the Navy, commissioning a ship is a once in a career opportunity.

The crew of Sydney (V) has spent the majority of 2019 conducting training courses around Australia and in the United States in preparation for taking acceptance of the ship.

Anticipation of commissioning is growing, particularly among those members of the crew who are yet to go to sea.

“As this is my first ship and I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well everyone has worked as a team to get to this point, and I’m looking forward to the exciting opportunity of commissioning a warship with such a long and prestigious history,” Seaman Marine Technician Jared Maczyszyn said.

Sydney (V) is set to conduct more sea trials in October, which will involve testing of combat systems and sensor equipment.

The Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance, including the Department of Defence represented by the Capability and Sustainment Group (CASG), industry partners ASC, Raytheon, and supported by Navantia, will conduct the trials with the assistance of NUSHIP Sydney’s crew.

Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance General Manager Paul Evans said getting Sydney to sea in such a collaborative way was a great achievement.

“Our highly skilled Air Warfare Destroyer workforce has taken Sydney to sea at the greatest level of completion, capability and quality of all three destroyers at this stage.

“This is a remarkable achievement by all involved from ASC, Raytheon Australia, the Commonwealth and Navantia.

“Together, this team is delivering the Royal Australian Navy with their most capable warships that are providing the outer tier of integrated air and missile defence for Australia.

“We look forward to delivering this ship to the Navy next year to complete their fleet and continue providing world-leading force protection for Australia,” Mr Evans said.