NUSHIP Hobart crew trains on Aegis with US
Some of the crew members set to serve onboard HMAS Hobart when it is commissioned, the first of three new Hobart-class air warfare destroyers of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), trained on the Aegis combat system onboard a US Navy Aegis-equipped ship, the RAN announced on 29 August.
Eight Hobart electronics technicians embarked the USS Spruance, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer of the US Navy, in Darwin for training. The event enabled the sailors to consolidate their previous training by utilising tailored scenarios that displayed capabilities and functionality unique to the Aegis weapon system.
Several members of the NUSHIP Hobart’s company have already undertaken Aegis combat system training in the US. The ship is set to enter contractor sea trials in September and will be delivered to the navy in 2017.
With three Hobart class destroyers being transitioned into service, the RAN expects opportunities for experiential training with the US Navy to become more frequent. The new destroyers will replace the RAN's Adelaide-class frigates.
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