Navy Celebrates New Ship, Milestones
The Navy has celebrated major vessel milestones with the future HMAS Sydney (pictured) completing trials and its two Landing Helicopter Docks achieving final operational capability.
Sydney, the third and final ship being delivered by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance in Adelaide, is on track to be delivered to the Navy in February 2020 after completing sea trials.
Defence minister Linda Reynolds said: “Sydney will enter into service early next year, and with her sister-ships HMA Ships Hobart and Brisbane, they will be the most potent warships to date.
“By using a combination of Australian and globally proven technologies, these highly capable warships are truly world-class and will allow us to work even closer with our allies.”
The ships feature the Australian developed and manufactured CEAFAR Active Phased Array Radar systems.
Meanwhile Reynolds announced today that HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra are ready to be deployed on amphibious operations such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and amphibious warfare.
At 230-metres long and with a speed of more than 20 knots, the 27,500 tonne ships are home-ported at Garden Island, Sydney.
Each ship has the ability to support six helicopters, and four small landing craft which are able to carry Army’s M1A1 main battle tank.
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