Final Hobart-class destroyer delivered to Royal Australian Navy

Photo: Australian Department of Defence

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) took delivery of the future HMAS Sydney, the final one of three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers, on Friday, February 28.

The 147-metre, 6,250-tonne destroyer is scheduled for commissioning later this year. For its anti-air warfare role in defence of naval task groups and of friendly forces on shore and in littoral environments, it will be armed with Standard 2 and Evolved Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), a Phalanx 20-millimetre close-in weapon system (CIWS), and two Bushmaster 25-millimetre autocannons.

As with sister vessels HMAS Hobart and HMAS Brisbane, the future Sydney was built by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance of the Australian Department of Defence, ASC Shipbuilding, and Raytheon Australia with support from Navantia Australia.

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