Production of Australia’s Three Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD) Is Now Underway.

Australia is making a big push in defense. Australian Minister Combet has announced that full production of Australia’s three Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD) is now underway. In a ceremony at the BAE Systems shipyard in Melbourne, he announced that full production of hull blocks has commenced at three shipyards: ASC in Adelaide, BAE […]
Australia is making a big push in defense. Australian Minister Combet has announced that full production of Australia’s three Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD) is now underway. In a ceremony at the BAE Systems shipyard in Melbourne, he announced that full production of hull blocks has commenced at three shipyards: ASC in Adelaide, BAE Systems in Melbourne and Forgacs in Newcastle. More than 500 people are working on building hull blocks for the AWDs, and will grow to a total workforce in the three shipyards of over 1,000 people,” said Combet. “Overall, more than 3,000 people will be working to build these warships around Australia and, about 200 apprentices will join the project in the next few years. Each ship is made up of 31 blocks fabricated at the three shipyards. The construction of each ship requires 51 kilometers of piping, 427 kilometers of electrical cable, 4,700 tonnes of steel, 138,000 liters of paint, 4,700 mechanical valves and 1.5 million fasteners. “By mid-2011, completed hull blocks will begin to arrive in Adelaide for consolidation into the complete warship at the Government of South Australia’s Common User Facility. Successful completion of pilot fabrication work and production readiness reviews has finalized the transition of the project from detailed design into full production of the ships. The project is on track to deliver the first AWD, HMAS Hobart, in December 2014. HMAS Brisbane is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016 and HMAS Sydney in mid 2017.