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April 29, 2010
By Michael Brooke
SAILORS serving in the Anzac and
Adelaide class warships have cheered
a significant milestone in the $8 bil-
lion Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer
The sailors applauded the beginning of
the block production of the three Aegis-
equipped AWDs in the exciting count-
down to them being commissioned into
service beginning in 2014.
The three AWDs, to be named HMA
Ships Hobart, Sydney and Brisbane, will
significantly improve the firepower of
the Fleet while providing vital protection
for the Canberra class landing helicop-
ter dock (LHD) amphibious ships to be
delivered from 2012.
Sailors serving in HMAS Sydney (IV)
said the AWD milestone bodes well for
the sailors hoping to serve in the next
RAN warship to carry the name 'Sydney'.
Greg Combet, Minister for Defence
Materiel and Science, recently hailed the
beginning of the full production of the
AWDs at three shipyards across Australia
as a major milestone.
"This is an important milestone for the
project," Mr Combet said.
Minister Combet said each AWD ship
will be built in a series of 31 modules,
each weighing about 200 tonnes.
"The AWD Alliance will fabricate 31
blocks for each ship at three shipyards;
nine blocks at ASC in Adelaide, 12 blocks
at BAE Systems in Melbourne and 10
blocks at Forgacs in Newcastle.
Minister Combet said beginning in
12 months the completed blocks will be
shipped to Adelaide for consolidation into
the complete warship.
COMAUSFLT, RADM Steve Gilmore,
also welcomed the project milestone, say-
ing the three AWDs would significantly
improve the firepower of the Fleet.
RADM Gilmore said the SEA4000
program is one of two important projects
aimed at delivering the Future Fleet.
He said the Aegis-equipped AWDs
will provide vital protection for the LHD
amphibious ships to be delivered under
Joint Project 2048 from 2012.
"The new AWDs will exploit the
advantages of new technologies to achieve
savings in manpower and operating costs,
and deliver enhanced capability," he said.
"The AWDs will be able to operate
offensively in a high density, multi-threat
environment in the blue oceans of the
world or in the littoral areas, and conduct
sustained combat operations in support of
joint battle groups and amphibious assault
groups as an integral part of a modern
naval force," he said.
AWD makes best
Shipyard workers 1000
Kilometres of piping 51
Km of electrical cable 427
Tonnes of steel
Litres of paint 138,000
Mechanical valves 4700
Production progress earns a BZ from sailors
UNDERWAY: Pictured above and below: production of the
Air Warfare Destroyer hull, an important milestone, at ASC's
Osborne shipyard, South Australia.
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