Enter the 5th HMAS Sydney

Filed under Military & Defence, News, Port & Shipping ~ by Press on  20 May 2020

The Commonwealth Government’s Air Warfare Destroyer program ends with the recent commissioning of HMAS Sydney at sea.

The crew of HMAS Sydney ‘cheer ship’ inside Jervis Bay, NSW, following the ship’s commissioning ceremony at sea.

It was the first commissioning of an Australian warship at sea since World War II.

The ceremony took place off the coast of NSW and marked the moment the 147-metre long Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Sydney (V) became one of Her Majesty’s Australian Ships.

Sydney is the last of three Hobart Class vessels built for Navy at Osborne in South Australia and is based on the Navantia F100 frigate design. She is equipped with advanced combat systems, providing the ship with layered offensive and defensive capabilities to counter conventional and asymmetric threats.

HMAS Sydney will now undergo her test and evaluation period where she will integrate into the fleet and Navy personnel will develop their proficiencies with her cutting-edge Aegis combat system. Sydney and her sister ships, Hobart and Brisbane, are based at Garden Island in Sydney.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, CSC said the vessel’s commissioning marks a significant milestone in the Commonwealth Government’s $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan.

The commissioning of the final Hobart Class Destroyer not only marks the beginning of a new era for the Navy, but also demonstrates the success of the Government’s Australian Naval Shipbuilding Plan,” Minister Reynolds said.

The Navy is now equipped with a new level of flexibility and lethality to protect maritime task groups operating in an increasingly complex region, while also allowing us to work even closer with our allies.”

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN said as the fifth warship to bear this name, she inherits an important legacy.

HMAS Sydney was technically upgraded during her build to integrate the MH-60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk submarine-hunting helicopter and her Close-in Weapons Systems, making her Australia’s most lethal ship,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.

She is designed to protect task groups by providing air defence to accompanying ships, in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and self-protection against missiles and aircraft.”

The Royal Australian Navy welcomed its newest Air Warfare Destroyer into the fleet with the first ever commissioning of an Australian warship at sea since World War II, off the coast of New South Wales.

The ceremony marked the moment the 147-metre long Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Sydney (V) became one of Her Majesty’s Australian Ships.

Sydney is the last of three Hobart Class vessels built for Navy at Osborne in South Australia and is based on the Navantia F100 frigate design. She is equipped with advanced combat systems, providing the ship with layered offensive and defensive capabilities to counter conventional and asymmetric threats.

Sydney will now undergo her test and evaluation period where she will integrate into the fleet and Navy personnel will develop their proficiencies with her cutting-edge Aegis combat system. Sydney and her sister ships, Hobart and Brisbane, are based at Garden Island in Sydney.


Image: © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence



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