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BAE Systems delivers more
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced
on January 23 that the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance
has taken delivery of the first blocks from Melbourne
for the second air warfare destroyer, Brisbane.
Mr Clare said the two blocks, manufactured by
BAE Systems, arrived into Adelaide by tug and barge
from Williamstown, Victoria.
“The blocks will be located in the front third of
the ship and once consolidated will house the 48
cell MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS),” Mr Clare
“The VLS can store and then fire SM-2 or Evolved
Sea Sparrow missiles in quick succession and is an
important element of the combat system that will be
installed into the Hobart Class destroyers.”
The three guided-missile destroyers are being
constructed using a modular method where blocks
are manufactured across four shipyards and
consolidated at the South Australian Government’s
Common User Facility at Techport Australia.
The first destroyer Hobart is expected to be
delivered to the Royal Australian Navy in early 2016.
Consolidation of second ship Brisbane is due to start
in early 2014. Fabrication has begun on the blocks
for the third destroyer Sydney.
“BAE has significantly improved the quality of their
manufacturing performance and delivered blocks that
are virtually defect free,” Mr Clare said.
“This is testament to the hard work and skill of the
team at BAE’s shipyard in Williamstown.”
The AWD is based on a proven Navantia design
used by the Spanish Navy and when complete will
be one of the most capable warships of its size in
The ships will be equipped with the Aegis Weapon
System, making them capable of assuming a
leading command and control role within the
Australian Defence Force as well as coalition forces.
The AWD project is being delivered by the AWD
Alliance. The AWD Alliance is made up of the
Defence Materiel Organisation, ASC and Raytheon
BAE are currently constructing 11 blocks for the
AWD project, including seven blocks for the first
destroyer and two for the second.
The AWD project directly employs more than 2500
people, with 200 employed by BAE in Melbourne.
C-17 bushfire relief flight
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is supporting
an Emergency Management Australia request
on behalf of the Government of Tasmania to
transport two 20-tonne mobile diesel powered
generators and transformers to Tasmania in the
wake of the bushfires.
Australian Air Force
aircraft and their
have departed RAAF
Base Amberley and
will arrive at Hobart
later this morning.
for Defence, Warren
Snowdon, said the
generators would assist
in restoring electricity to
residents in the Tasman
“The arrival of the
Ergon Energy QLD equipment will hopefully provide
some relief to those most affected by this week’s tragic
events,” Mr Snowdon said.
“The ADF will continue working closely with
Emergency Management Australia (EMA) to provide
assistance to the civil community facing danger
across Eastern Australia.
“Australia’s firefighters, including thousands of
volunteers, are doing a great job and are facing
enormous challenges to protect life and property in
hundreds of areas currently facing fire emergencies. I
would also like to thank all those ADF personnel who
are working with EMA to provide assistance when and
where it is needed,” Mr Snowdon said.
The Royal Australian Air Force operates six
C-17A Globemaster heavy transport aircraft which
are operated by No 36 Squadron from RAAF Base
Amberley, near Brisbane.
The C-17A is a high-wing four-engine heavy
transport that significantly enhances the ADF’s ability
to support national and international operations, and
major disaster relief efforts.
The first blocks for the second destroyer, Brisbane, arrive
in Adelaide. Credit Department of Defence
RAAF C17 Globemaster continues
its support in the wake of the
Credit Department of Defence
25/01/13 7:24 PM
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