The AWD Alliance has marked a week of significant progress for the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program, as the keel was laid for the third and final destroyer, Sydney, and initial combat systems activation commenced on the first ship destined for the Royal Australian Navy, Hobart.
AWD Alliance chief executive officer Rod Equid stated that the keel-laying for the third AWD represents the latest in a series of important achievements, with the start of the hull consolidation phase for Sydney, as well as the progression to the systems activation phase for Hobart ahead of sea trials next year. The second destroyer, Brisbane, is on track for the completion of hull consolidation in December.
“We are proud of this further progress,” Equid said. “Production is now more than 70 per cent complete across the project and significant productivity improvements are being realised from ship to ship.
“We have come a long way since our first keel-laying ceremony was held three years ago. We recognise the importance of the work being done on the third ship, as this is where we will achieve the highest levels of productivity.”