Recently, the third and final Air Warfare destroyer, appropriately named HMAS Sydney was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy. This was a very significant moment on many levels for Australia and for its allies in the Asia-Pacific region. For this is not just about what a single Air Warfare destroyer capable of doing; it is about what it can do when operating as part of the broader maritime kill web, either to defend Australia out to its first island chain,...

ASC Shipbuilding gears up for Osborne South Surface Warship Facilities handover 925 001Construction is nearing completion in the $500 million upgrade of Adelaide’s new high-tech frigate shipyard with five new sheds rising from its Port River site. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the handover is still planned for June 2020. According to ASC Shipbuilding director Jim Cuthill, five new sheds in the shipyard were being fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

Work is almost finished in the $500 million upgrade of Adelaide’s new high-tech frigate shipyard with five new structures rising from its Port River site. Shipbuilding in South Australia is proving a bright spark in the economy with the first new construction shed for the nation’s $35 billion Hunter Class Frigate program now ready for action.

Final Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Sydney V Takes its Place inThe Morrison Government’s Air Warfare Destroyer program has officially come to an end with the commissioning of HMAS Sydney at sea. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, CSC said her commissioning marks a significant milestone in the Morrison Government’s $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan.

HMAS Perth is moved back to the ship lift during her undocking at Henderson, Western Australia, following the completion of the docking phase of Intermediate Maintenance Availability 06. Royal Australian Navy PictureThe Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has launched 'Plan Galileo' in order to maintain its fleet capability. This sustainability program is a step-change in its functionnality. The plan should be developed and implemented by 2030. The plan’s objectives aim at ensuring a perfect cooperation between uniformed personnel and industry, helping each other in order to achieve a high level of sustainability for the newer and future classes of ships of the RAN.

Royal Australian Navy First Offshore Patrol Vessel Arafura coming together 925 001The Morrison Government’s Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program has reached another milestone with the two halves of the first Arafura Class OPV coming together to form a complete hull. In a further milestone for the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program, the two halves of the first of class ship, Arafura, built by Luerssen Australia and its partner ASC have been brought together and welded to form a complete hull.

The US Navy has heaped praise on the Royal Australian Navy for taking part in South China Sea exercises that show allies in the region both nations have the 'same interest in ensuring freedom of navigation'The US Navy has heaped praise on the Royal Australian Navy for taking part in South China Sea exercises that show allies in the region both nations have the 'same interest in ensuring freedom of navigation'. Australian warship HMAS Parramatta sailed with guided missile-cruiser USS Bunker Hill and then rendezvoused with amphibious assault ship USS America and guided missile destroyer USS Barry.

MH-60R ‘Romeo’ helicopter may not be a stealth platform, but it has become a globally used platform by the US Navy and U.S. allies and has done so in barely noticed fashion. Globally is a key aspect of a platform, even with different systems onboard common platforms, common logistics and platform support across the demanding maritime environment is a clear plus for the US Navy and the global partners with whom they work.

A key aspect of how the Royal Australian Navy is working integration across the fleet and shaping a way ahead for the ADF as an integrated distributed combat force is shaping commonality across its combat systems. As Vice Admiral (Retired) Tim Barrett has highlighted about the approach: “We see new shipyard capabilities and new industrial partnerships being forged to build a new approach to shipbuilding.

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