• HMAS Brisbane departs from Fleet Base East to conduct sea trials.
    HMAS Brisbane departs from Fleet Base East to conduct sea trials. Defence

HMAS Brisbane has completed trials on a number of weapons systems.

According to a Navy statement, the Aegis system, Close-In Weapons System, Bushmaster 25mm Typhoon, and main five-inch gun were fired during the tests.

Commanding Officer, Commander Josh Wilson said that he was happy with the progress the ship’s company had made.

“The successful completion of the [Seaworthiness Assurance Trials] was an essential milestone in the building of ship knowledge of the Aegis Weapons Combat System and its awesome capability,” he said.

The ship was launched in 2016 and undertook tests of its Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) off the coast of SA alongside HMAS Hobart. The CEC combines radar and fire control data into a common picture to allow one ship to engage an adversary based on the other ship’s data.

The ship was then commissioned into the RAN in October last year.

Commodore Steve Tiffen, CASG’s Director General Naval Construction Branch, told ADM that modifications to to improve the storage of Mk54 torpedoes and AGM-114N Hellfire missiles for the ship’s MH-60R naval combat helicopter will take place in the near future.

HMAS Brisbane is the second of three Hobart class guided missile destroyers, the most complex and capable warships Australia has operated. The ship will primarily provide air defence for accompanying ships, in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas.

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