Australia’s third Hobart-class destroyer enters service

Photo: Royal Australian Navy/Able Seaman Benjamin Ricketts

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) formally welcomed HMAS Sydney, its newest air warfare destroyer, into the fleet on Monday, May 18.

The commissioning ceremony off the coast of New South Wales was the first time since World War II that a RAN warship was commissioned at sea.

Sydney is the last of three 147-metre Hobart-class destroyers built for the RAN at Osborne in South Australia and is based on the Navantia F100 frigate design. It will soon begin undergoing a test and evaluation period prior to commencing full-time operations as part of the fleet.

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