Australia Launches New Air Warfare Destroyer
Royal Australian Navy ceremony was conducted in Adelaide
Raytheon Australia and its partners in the AWD Alliance are celebrating the official launch of the Hobart, the first Air Warfare Destroyer.
The launch at Techport, South Australia, not only signaled the next phase of fit-out and testing before Hobart is delivered to the Royal Australian Navy for operational duty, but will also enable the second destroyer, Brisbane, to undergo final block consolidation after it replaces Hobart on the hardstand.
Activity will also commence on the third ship, Sydney, as preparations are made for the upcoming keel laying ceremony.
Raytheon Australia Managing Director Michael Ward extended his congratulations to members of the AWD Alliance. “As the AWD mission system integrator, it is a source of pride for Raytheon that we have applied our unique engineering and project management skills to delivering a project that is integrated in Australia,” he said.
“The AWD’s combat system integration activities represents some of the most advanced engineering accomplishments yet undertaken in such a project in this country and will contribute to making the AWD the most sophisticated warship ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy,” Ward added. “Along with our experience and US reachback, there has been a strong investment in local capabilities in systems architecture, engineering and program management which have all contributed to this launch milestone."
Raytheon joined the initial phase of the project in 2005, drawing upon the experience of many staff who had worked on the Collins-class submarine project.
“Not only are we one step closer to the delivery of this vital new capability, but we can take pride in the fact that Australia now has a highly skilled workforce able to apply key learnings from this project to future naval shipbuilding activities,” Ward said.
Coupled with Raytheon’s reachback to Raytheon Company’s specialist skills, tools and proven processes, the launch represented a significant contribution to the potent capability that makes up the AWD program.
By addressing complex technical risks early in the project, Raytheon had tested more than 85 percent of the combat system interfaces before Hobart’s launch.
“As we look forward to delivering this capability to the Royal Australian Navy, each of us should take pride in knowing we all play a key role in the success of this project – from our experienced welders, fitters and technicians in the shipyard to our technical integration teams located across the country,” Ward said.