The Australian Defence Force’s third Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), NUSHIP Sydney, is on track to be delivered to the Navy in February after completing her sea trials.

Sydney is the third and final ship being delivered by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance, which includes the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia and ASC Shipbuilding supported by Navantia Australia.

The Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds, said the milestone was an endorsement of the initiative to reform the AWD program, setting the scene for the Naval Shipbuilding Plan.

Sydney will enter into service early next year, and with her sister-ships HMA Ships Hobart and Brisbane, they will be the most potent warships to date," Senator Reynolds said.

“By using a combination of Australian and globally proven technologies, these highly capable warships are truly world-class and will allow us to work even closer with our allies.”

Final production work, including integration of the MH60-R helicopter, will be completed ahead of the ship's provisional acceptance into service in February.