Hobart completes Sea Acceptance Trials
The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) first air warfare destroyer, the future HMAS Hobart, has successfully completed Sea Acceptance Trials following 21 days at sea off the coast of South Australia. The Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance announced the development on 6 March.
The alliance has now conducted 20 platform system tests and 45 combat system tests to validate the vessel's complete mission system.
During the sea trials, Hobart's sensors, weapons and communications systems were put to the test by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft, and RAN ships and helicopters, through a complex series of simulated scenarios and battle space management.
The vessel is on track to by delivered to the RAN in June 2017.
More from Defence Notes
The US’s ability to prepare for future conflicts had been placed at risk with many Pentagon laboratories and testing centres being housed in poorly maintained and aging structures.
On the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the uncertainty regarding the future of the conflict has split opinions in Washington, placing military assistance to Kyiv and sanctions on Moscow in a nebulous zone.
Sweden has announced another package of support for Ukraine, following hot on the heels of Canada’s additional support announced this week and last week’s support from the UK and the EU.
NATO Defence Ministers met on 15 February to discuss how to further strengthen the alliance’s deterrence and defence followed by a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council.
With the possibility of having to confront challenges without substantial US support looming, European nations have been compelled to reassess their defence strategies and prioritise investments to ensure collective security and resilience.
As part of the national security supplemental package, the fund will now be analysed by the House of Representatives.