Sydney Sea Trials Make a DDG Trifecta

September 27, 2019 – As NUSHIP Sydney cast off for her final period of Builders Sea Trials this week, it marked the first time that all three Hobart Class Destroyers have been at sea or deployed at the same time. This is a significant milestone for the Royal Australian Navy and the Air Warfare Destroyer program. Spread across two weeks in the St Vincent Gulf, South Australia, Sydney’s trials involved a comprehensive suite of tests designed to push the limit of the newly built platform. While Sydney was being put…

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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…

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Search on for Unknown Sailor

January 14, 2019 – On February 6, 1942 the remains of a sailor in a Carley Raft washed up on Christmas Island, 1500km northwest of Western Australia’s northwest coast. For more than 75 years the identity of the man remained a mystery but it is largely believed he was a crew member from the ill-fated HMAS Sydney (II) which was sunk on November 19, 1941 by German Raider Kormoran. If this is the case, the unidentified sailor remains the only member of Sydney’s ship’s company to be found; the search…

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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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Navy farewells HMAS Darwin after 33 years of service

The Royal Australian Navy has decommissioned the Adelaide Class frigate, HMAS Darwin, at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney, December 9th after more than three decades of service to the nation. In a ceremony full of tradition, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, paid tribute to the service of the ship’s company past and present. “HMAS Darwin has laid down a proud history over her 33 years,” Vice Admiral Barrett said. “The ship and her successive companies have served Australia with distinction, being awarded battle honours three times for successful…

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