ASC was the lead shipbuilder in the AWD Alliance for the construction of the three Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), which are now in the service of the Royal Australian Navy. The ships are Australia’s most advanced and complex warships, and among the most capable in the world.
ASC was selected as shipbuilder for the Hobart Class AWD project in 2005, and constructed the three ships at the company’s dedicated shipyard in Osborne, South Australia.
The fleet was constructed through the AWD Alliance, an innovative alliance-based contracting strategy between ASC, Raytheon Australia and the Australian Government.
The AWD Alliance helped lay the foundation for a sustainable naval shipbuilding sector in Australia, building on existing national capability to establish a world-class naval shipbuilding and systems integration capability.
The ships were built using a block build method. Blocks were manufactured at three shipyards across Australia; ASC South in Osborne, South Australia, BAE Systems in Williamstown, Victoria, and Forgacs in Newcastle, New South Wales. Some blocks were built in Spain by the AWD design partner, Navantia. These were transported by sea to the Osborne shipyard.
The first ship, HMAS Hobart, was delivered in 2017; the second, HMAS Brisbane, in 2018; and the third and final ship, HMAS Sydney, in 2020.
Features of the fleet include an Aegis phased-array radar and multiple long range surface-to-air missile launchers.