CANBERRA, -- The first of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs), the future HMAS Hobart , has put to sea for the first time and has begun builder's sea trials off the coast of South Australia.
The sea trials, referred to briefly on social media by Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, are understood to have begun on 12 September and are taking place in the Great Australian Bight, off Adelaide.
An official announcement is not expected until after the expected conclusion of the trials on 17 September.
During the trials, the ship is being manned by a civilian master and crew, augmented by specialists from the AWD Alliance grouping that comprises government-owned shipbuilder ASC, contractor Raytheon Australia, the Department of Defence's (DoD's) Capability and Sustainment Group (CASG), and key equipment suppliers.
The Royal Australian Navy HMAS Hobart Anti Air Warfare Destroyer being turned with tug assistance to enable further testing on her port side.