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Combat system trials for HMAS Brisbane

16th October 2019 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) HMAS Brisbane has commenced Aegis combat system trials in US waters, the RAN announced on 12 October.

The Hobart class destroyer has undergone a period of combat system preparation and training for almost twelve months. This has included embarking a team from the US, and working with US Navy Destroyer Squadron 31, including USS Preble in Hawaii and alongside in San Diego to supplement and enhance this training. 

Interoperability with the US Navy has been a driving factor during the preparation phases of the weapons firings.

Commanding Officer, Commander Josh Wilson, said: ‘Having the US Navy project team on board and working with Destroyer Squadron 31 in Hawaii provided an excellent opportunity for the crew to be exposed to complex training scenarios that have enhanced our knowledge of the Aegis combat system.

‘With the introduction of Aegis we will be able to work closer and better integrate into joint exercises and operations.’ 

HMAS Brisbane is due to return to Australian in December.

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