San Francisco Fleet Week Kicks Off

October 8, 2019 – The 39th annual San Francisco Fleet Week kicked off Oct. 6 as ships arrived bringing U.S. Navy, Marines, and Coastguardsmen together with the city to celebrate the military sea services. This year is expected to be one of the largest San Francisco Fleet Weeks with eight ships and more than 2,300 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsman participating. “I would like to thank the San Francisco Fleet Week Association for putting together, what I think to be an amazing week to celebrate Fleet Week right here in San Francisco,”…

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Vendémiaire Trains With HMAS Brisbane

August 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – At the end of a week of training, essential to the training of the newly embarked personnel, the crew of the Vendémiaire conducted a day of joint exercise with the Australian Navy. Made with HMAS Brisbane, the latest Australian destroyer off the coast of Nouméa, it allowed French and Australian sailors to improve their interoperability by running complex exercises. The interaction began with an evolution exercise in parallel with the implementation of the Alouette III. The latter took several snapshots of evolutions before making…

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HMAS Brisbane Integrates with RAAF 5th Generation Fighters

April 1, 2019 – Her Majesty’s Australian Ships Brisbane and Melbourne have successfully integrated into Exercise DIAMOND SHIELD, the Royal Australian Air Force’s Tier 1 air defence activity. Operating off the coast of Newcastle, Brisbane embarked three Fighter Controllers from the Fleet Fighter Control Element, based at RAAF Williamtown. Throughout the exercise, Brisbane and Melbourne contributed to high-end air warfare activities which tested the crew and greatly expanded collective understanding of complex warfighting scenarios. Fighter Controllers had the opportunity to control a range of assets including F/A-18F Super Hornets and…

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HMAS Brisbane Completes Seaworthy Assurance Trials

March 27, 2019 – It’s been a busy start to the year for HMAS Brisbane, having not only conducted her first Mariner Skills Evaluation, but also her first ammunitioning, structural firings and recently her Seaworthy Assurance Trials (SWATs). Over the course of three weeks, the ship’s company was put through its paces, practicing an array of different warfare exercises involving the ships state-of-the-art Aegis Weapons Combat System. Once in open waters and with staff from Raytheon Missile Systems USA on board, the ships Close-In Weapons System (CIWS), Bushmaster 25mm Typhoon…

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HMAS Brisbane Trials New Mariner Skills Evaluation

March 4, 2019 – While sailing under the Australian White Ensign for the first time, HMAS Brisbane became the first ship to trial an enhanced Mariner Skills Evaluation (MSE) in Sydney and off the coast of Jervis Bay. The new and challenging training program was designed and led by Sea Training Group to ensure Brisbane and her crew are capable and safe to handle some of the worst case scenarios when sailing in a peacetime environment. Brisbane began her work-up period by commencing the standard phase of MSE. The assessment…

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US Navy says RAN’s new Destroyers strengthen a close friendship

November 5, 2018 – The United States Chief of Naval Operations has ended his visit to Australia, praising the Royal Australian Navy for its regional leadership and complimenting Navy for its game-changing new capabilities. US Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral John Richardson, was in Canberra earlier this month for a day of high level talks on maritime security issues. Hosted by the RAN’s Chief of Navy, VADM Mike Noonan, CNO met with a range of senior leaders, including Chief of Defence Force, the Secretary of Defence and the Secretary…

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HMAS Brisbane Commissioned

October 27, 2018 – The Royal Australian Navy welcomed a new ship into the fleet today, with the commissioning of the guided missile destroyer, HMAS Brisbane (III). In the ceremony at the Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney, the Brisbane officially became one of Her Majesty’s Australian Ships. Before an audience of dignitaries, family and friends, the Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN, welcomed Brisbane to the fleet. During the ceremony the Governor-General of Australia, inspected the Brisbane’s crew and HMAS Brisbane received a blessing.…

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NUSHIP Brisbane completes CAT 5 trials and cooks up a storm

NUSHIP Brisbane has recently completed her Category 5 (CAT 5) Sea Trials off the coast of Adelaide. During CAT 5 Sea Trials, the functional performance of the Mission System as a whole is verified. This verification is a pre-requisite to enable the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance to deliver Brisbane to the Department of Defence for provisional acceptance. During this phase of trials, testing of key components of both the platform and combat systems occurred. Achieving this key milestone represents an important step closer to becoming the RAN’s newest DDG. During…

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AWD Intellectual Property

The intellectual property for the Hobart Class family of warships has transferred to Navantia Australia, which ensures Australia now has sovereign control over our Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) capability. Minister Pyne welcomed the transfer, which coincided with the successful launch and formal naming of the third and final AWD, Sydney. “Sydney’s float off reflects a remarkable 60 per cent productivity improvement over the first ship,” Minister Pyne said. “This is in no small way due to the highly skilled workers from ASC, Raytheon Australia, Navantia Australia and Defence.” “More than…

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Cristobal Colon arrives in Sydney

March 24, 2017 –   HMA Ships Darwin, Melbourne and Parramatta have escorted the Spanish Armada’s Cristobal Colon into Sydney Harbour as part of her role in providing platform and familiarization training to Australian personnel. Over the next three months the ship will assist in enabling Australian Navy people to have advance training for Australia’s first Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer, Hobart. Commanding Officer Hobart Captain John Stavridis said the opportunity to embark in Cristobal Colon presented an opportunity for the Royal Australian Navy to prepare Hobart and the Navy for the…

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