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RAN’s Hobart completes first RAS

20th February 2018 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN's) HMAS Hobart has completed its first replenishment at sea (RAS) with HMAS Anzac off the east coast of Australia, the RAN announced on 18 February.

The ships sailed from Fleet Base East to conduct officer-of-the-watch manoeuvres. In addition to successfully connecting lines between both ships, Hobart also transferred a test weight to ensure that it could transfer items with other ships in the future.

HMAS Hobart has been conducting a number of first of class trials, including launching test torpedoes, anti-air gunnery serials and firing the ship’s close-in weapon system. The ship is expected to be ready for deployment upon completion of the final series of trials in US later in 2018.

Capt John Stavridis, Commanding Officer of HMAS Hobart, said: ‘We wanted to get our first RAS right and set the standard for what I expect to be hundreds of similarly successful replenishments in Hobart’s future. The officer-of-the-watch manoeuvres saw Hobart and Anzac sailing in close company and crossing each other’s wakes, meaning that everyones’ intense focus was required for quite some time.

‘Conducting dynamic manoeuvres or staying a steady course in company with another ship both require concentration and teamwork to maintain situational awareness, and the ship’s company can be proud that they rose to the challenge.’

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