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THE bridge-training console
for the Hobart-class destroyers'
Integrated Platform Management
System (IPMS) is now up and run-
ning in the Maritime Skills Centre
at Techport Australia.
The crew of the future
destroyer Hobart will begin train-
ing at the facility from early next
It is the first of 10 training
systems being set up in Adelaide
by the Air Warfare Destroyer
Two crew who have had a pre-
view are CMDR Tony Miskelly
and LEUT Peter Shirley, who as
WEEOs spend their time with the
combat systems of ships.
"It is great to see the first
Hobart-class DDG training sys-
tem in place as part of the AWD
Project," CMDR Miskelly said.
"The IPMS is a leap forward
in technology and is on a scale
never seen before in RAN war-
ships or submarines.
"The complexity of IPMS
and the Aegis Weapon System
will require our very best main-
tainers to take on the challenge
of introducing into service the
"With the keel section not far
from being fully consolidated and
training systems being commis-
sioned, the rebirth of a guided
missile destroyer capability with-
in the Navy is becoming very real
The Hobart-class IPMS is a
complex system which has more
than 22,000 inputs and outputs
and allows the crew to monitor,
control and operate equipment
To assist with the training
of operators, the IPMS training
system provides a representation
of the DDG's propulsion control
room as well as local operator
panels and the bridge console.
The training system uses
a variety of operating systems,
applications and simulation soft-
ware to allow trainees to expe-
rience the realism of being on
board the ship and having control
of the ship's systems including
propulsion, steering, electrical
distribution, auxiliaries and dam-
The AWD Alliance is respon-
sible for delivery of three
destroyers to the RAN.
The first, Hobart, is rap-
idly taking shape at Techport
Australia with 20 of the 31
blocks now consolidated and a
considerable amount of pre-fitout
The Alliance is made up of the
Defence Materiel Organisation,
ASC as the lead shipbuilder and
Raytheon Australia as the mis-
sion systems integrator.
A LARGE sonar winch weighing
6500kg has been loaded on to the future
AWD Alliance CEO Rod Equid said
the winch would be used on operations
to deploy and recover the underwater
towed variable-depth sonar array.
The sonar array will be fitted to the
winch before sea trials begin in 2015.
"The variable-depth sonar array will
be winched out to the acoustically quiet
zone behind the ship and used to detect
torpedoes and submarines," Mr Equid
"The variable-depth sonar array can
operate in both active and passive modes
to identify potential underwater threats,
with the active mode transmitting sound
energy into the water and listening for
echo returns and the passive mode listen-
ing for underwater noise sources.
"The towed variable-depth sonar
will work in close conjunction with the
hull-mounted sonar as part of the ships'
integrated sonar system to provide a
comprehensive picture of the underwater
The ship's underwater sonars were
supplied by Ultra Electronics from
Britain. The winch was manufactured by
Rolls Royce Canada Ltd and lifted on to
the aft of the ship in parts and is being
reconstructed within the hull of the ship.
The winch consists of a pedestal, out-
rigger, drum and winding system.
A separate control station, weighing
500kg has also been lifted into place.
Hobart will be the first ship in the
fleet to use the combination of underwa-
ter sonars -- an active and a passive hull-
mounted sonar at the fore of the ship and
an active and a passive towed variable-
depth sonar at the aft, giving the Navy a
new level of operational capability.
Preparing to train Hobart
HIGHLY IMPRESSED: LEUT Peter Shirley, left, and CMDR Tony Miskelly, two of the first crew members from the future
destroyer Hobart check out the ship's controls.
Photos: AWD Alliance
Winch holds key to
THE REEL THING: The winch loaded on to the future destroyer Hobart ... the
sonar array will be fitted to the winch before sea trials begin in 2015.
State of the art
The Hobart-class Integrated Platform
Management System will have:
• 19 multifunction consoles
• More than 600 programmable logic controllers
• More than 6500 fibre optic connections
• More than 1200 instruments
• More than 22,000 inputs and outputs
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