Australia has a long and proud history of developing high-class, modern-day warships. However, this history stems back many years to before the Second World War. After the war had come to an end, though, several new ships were developed. The world had entered a new age of naval technology, and the post-war developments were key to keeping the Australian navy at its peak in terms of firepower. One ship that was developed in this post-war era was the HMAS Sydney (V) D42.
HMAS Sydney (V) is the last of the three ships of the Hobart Class guided missile destroyers. Her sister ships are HMAS Hobart (III) and HMAS Brisbane (III). HMAS Sydney is based on the Navantia-designed F100 frigate and is equipped with the Aegis Combat System.
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Sydney was constructed in Australia by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance. Her principal role is the provision of air defence to RAN task groups engaged in maintaining maritime security. Sydney is also capable of supporting land forces and protecting important infrastructure in coastal areas.
The keel of Sydney (V) was symbolically laid down on 19 November 2015, on the anniversary of HMAS Sydney (II)‘s sinking in November 1941. She was launched on 19 May 2018 by Mrs Judy Shalders, the wife of former Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Shalders, RAN, in Osborne, South Australia.
The Aegis Combat System, incorporating a state-of-the-art phased array AN/SPY 1D(V) radar in combination with the SM-2 missile, provides an advanced air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at ranges in excess of 150km. Sydney carries a MH-60R helicopter for surveillance and response to support key warfare areas. The surface warfare function includes long range anti-ship missiles and a naval gun capable of firing extended range munitions in support of land forces. Sydney conducts undersea warfare and is equipped with modern sonar systems, decoys, surface-launched torpedoes and an array of effective close-in defensive weapons. These capabilities ensure that the Hobart Class guided missile destroyers have the layered defensive and offensive capability required to counter conventional and asymmetric threats.
Sydney was commissioned during a ceremony conducted off the coast of New South Wales on Monday, 18 May 2020.