Asia Beckons for Naval Task Group

September 26, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy has begun its largest deployment of the year with more than a thousand sailors and officers bound for engagements across North and South East Asia. Departing today from Sydney, the lead element of a nine ship Task Group will participate in bilateral and multi-national activities over the next four months. Minister for…

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The Green Ghost and Cobra 16 Combine

August 2, 2019 – Two of Navy’s newest cutting-edge platforms have combined, with the air warfare destroyer HMAS Hobart embarking an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and standing up an aviation department for the first time for first-of-class flight trials. Hobart – nicknamed the ‘Green Ghost’ – has been carrying out trials with the aircraft from 816 Squadron – dubbed ‘COBRA 16’…

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Hobart steps up in expeditionary strike group

June 13, 2019 – HMA Ships Hobart and Stuart have participated in a real-time, simulated exercise with American forces, with Hobart showcasing her AEGIS Combat System while assigned Air Defence Commander duties. Fleet Synthetic Training – Joint, under the banner of Exercise PACIFIC THUNDER, is an annual certification exercise for the United States Navy’s Japan-based Task Force 76. The five-day…

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Lockheed Martin Australia Announces Successful Aegis Combat System ‘Light Off’ For Australia

June 6, 2019 – Defence technology and innovation company, Lockheed Martin Australia in support of the Royal Australian Navy, is today announcing the successful ‘light off’ of the Aegis Combat System on HMAS Hobart, following her first docking at Garden Island, Sydney. The Aegis system ‘light off’ marks the transition from the production period of the Post Delivery Upgrade (PDU)…

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HMAS Hobart Returns from AEGIS Trials off California

December 21, 2018 – Australia’s first Aegis combat system based guided missile destroyer, HMAS Hobart, has ended the year in spectacular style, conducting weapons and systems evaluations with the United States Navy off the US West Coast. HMAS Hobart’s crew deployed to the United States well aware that this was no ordinary deployment. At stake was the Destroyer’s ability to…

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Australia and United States first countries to use Cooperative Engagement Capability between Navies

November 5, 2018 – In a first for our respective navies, HMAS Hobart has successfully tested a communications capability, proving her ability to share sensor information and real-time combat system data with the United States Navy. During training and testing near Hawaii, HMAS Hobart established secure data links with the US Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS John Finn and shared…

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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.…

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HMAS Hobart Celebrates First Birthday

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…

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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…

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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…

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Hobart’s RAS with fellow First-In-Class

HMAS Hobart has completed her first ever replenishment at sea (RAS) with HMAS Anzac off the east coast of Australia. Both ships – the first in their respective classes – sailed from Fleet Base East to immediately conduct officer-of-the-watch maneuvers as Hobart closed up along Anzac’s starboard side. Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, said that the ship’s company…

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HMAS Hobart visits namesake city for the first time

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest warship, HMAS Hobart, has arrived in its namesake city for the first time. This port visit is the first time in 18 years a ship carrying the name Hobart has visited the City of Hobart and will see the guided missile destroyer feature as the flagship in the Royal Hobart Regatta. Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart,…

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HMAS Hobart sets sail

HMAS Hobart has “slipped her lines” and set sail for the first time since commissioning on 23 September 2017. Her departure from Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney on Wednesday heralded the much anticipated return to sea for the Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) of the Royal Australian Navy. During her journey to and from Jervis Bay on the New South…

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