The Australian Defence Force’s third Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), NUSHIP Sydney, has commenced the first phase of sea trials that will test the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems.

The initial trial phase will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials in October to test the ship’s combat and communications systems in preparation for delivery next year.

The Defence Minister, Linda Reynolds said industry played a fundamental role in the input into Defence capability.

“Through the AWD program we have created a local workforce with specialist shipbuilding and complex systems integration skills that will form the foundation for future shipbuilding projects in Australia.”

“Over the past decade, more than 5000 people from across the Department of Defence, Australian Shipbuilding Company, Raytheon Australia and Navantia have dedicated millions of hours of work towards delivering the most capable warships ever to be operated by the Royal Australian Navy,” Senator Reynolds said.

“This is underpinned by over 2700 suppliers who have supported the AWD Alliance in its efforts to expand Australian Industry Capability for the overall program.

“Through the AWD program we have created a local workforce with specialist shipbuilding and complex systems integration skills that will form the foundation for future shipbuilding projects in Australia.”

For many in the Navy, commissioning a ship is a once in a career opportunity.

The crew of Sydney (V) has spent the majority of 2019 conducting training courses around Australia and in the United States in preparation for taking acceptance of the ship.

Anticipation of commissioning is growing, particularly among those members of the crew who are yet to go to sea.

“As this is my first ship and I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well everyone has worked as a team to get to this point, and I’m looking forward to the exciting opportunity of commissioning a warship with such a long and prestigious history,” Seaman Marine Technician Jared Maczyszyn said.

The ship's October sea trials will involve testing of combat systems and sensor equipment.

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