Australia’s Destroyer Brisbane Enters Sea Trials
ADELAIDE, Australia — The trials for Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Brisbane over the coming weeks will test the ship’s propulsion, maneuvering, control and navigation systems and will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials next year to test combat and communications systems.
Brisbane is the second of three warships built in Adelaide as part of the most complex defense project in Australia’s history — an $8 billion collaboration between ASC, Raytheon and the Department of Defense at Techport, Australia’s premier naval industry hub.
Brisbane will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy next year to join sister ship, HMAS Hobart, and be followed by the delivery of the third and final Air Warfare Destroyer, Sydney, in 2019.
The new destroyer is the third ship in the Australian Navy’s history to share the Brisbane name.
The ship is 146.7 meters long and has a top speed of more than 28 knots, a range of about 5000 nautical miles and can accommodate more than 200 personnel.
It will also carry a range of weapons, detection and electronic warfare systems on board, which include an Aegis Weapon System Baseline 7.1, SPQ Horizon Search Radar, 48 vertical launch missile cells, an Mk 45 5-inch .62-caliber gun for coastal operations and two quad launchers of anti-ship Harpoon weapon systems.
The AWD enterprise partners include the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia as the combat systems integrator, ASC as the shipbuilder and Navantia as the shipbuilder manager.
Raytheon Australia Managing Director Michael Ward commended the team on today’s achievement.
“As the combat systems integrator for the AWD program, Raytheon Australia has applied its highly skilled Australian workforce of 350 architects, systems engineers and project managers to the AWD program over the last decade,” he said.
“The commencement of Brisbane’s sea trials is a source of tremendous pride for Raytheon Australia and our home-grown Australian workforce that has built a national asset in complex combat system integration.”