Milestone RAS as East Meets West

August 6, 2019 – On her way home to Fleet Base West from the warmer climes of the South West Pacific, HMAS Sirius rendezvoused with east-based HMA Ships Hobart and Choules in the waters off Jervis Bay for a replenishment at sea. A key milestone was achieved for Choules as she conducted her first ever replenishment with Sirius, an activity which supported her Unit Readiness Evaluation (URE). It was the second time that Sirius had conducted a replenishment with ‘the Green Ghost’ (HMAS Hobart) whose speed and manoeuvrability was on…

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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’ – off the coast of New South Wales, establishing operating limits and testing recent upgrades to the ship under the AIR9000 project. Personnel from Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials…

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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 exercise saw Hobart protect amphibious assault ships USS Essex and USS Wasp from airborne attack. Hobart and Stuart’s operations teams used Royal Australian Navy Bridge Simulators at HMAS Watson in…

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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) to combat system testing and training for HMAS Hobart. These comprehensive tests will ensure the combat system equipment is operational and the crew are ready to commence their next mission.…

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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 successfully operate the most advanced weapons system ever owned by the Royal Australian Navy. Hobart also became the first ship of its class and the first International Partner to demonstrate…

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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 tracking and fire control data across the two ships. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the trials were a significant milestone in the testing and qualifying of…

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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 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 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…

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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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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 had to focus on an intricate series of maneuvers leading into the RAS. “We wanted to get our first RAS right and set the standard for what I expect to…

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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, Captain John Stavridis, said the ship’s company are excited to strengthen the ties Navy already has with Hobart and Tasmania. “Hobart has always been a friend of Navy and we…

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HMAS Hobart at Sea

As destroyer HMAS Hobart headed out on her first sea time as a commissioned warship, there was an atmosphere of anticipation in the salty air – as the ship’s company got to see what she can do. Petty Officer Boatswain Daniel Mercer previously served in Hobart II and is now the ship’s seamanship supervisor serving as part of the ship’s company of Hobart III. He said it was a great opportunity for both him and all the commissioning crew. “In my case, it’s even more exciting to have served in…

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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 Wales south coast, HMAS Hobart’s ship’s company will perform a series of exercises to test core mariner skills. Commanding Officer, HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, said the ship’s company were…

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Heroic Hobart (I)

In the lead-up to the commissioning ceremony of the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s new destroyers on 23 September, we look back upon ships who have previously carried the name HMAS Hobart. Hobart (I) was a modified Leander class light cruiser originally commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Apollo on 13 January 1936. She served on the North American and West Indies Stations and was due to transfer to the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Hobart on 6 October 1938 at Devonport. However, owing to the mobilisation of…

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