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Royal Australian Navy commissions its Final Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Sydney V


The Royal Australian Navy has welcomed its newest Air Warfare Destroyer into the Fleet in the first commissioning of an Australian warship at sea since the Second World War.
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Royal Australian Navy commissions its Final Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Sydney V 925 001The crew of HMAS Sydney 'cheer ship' inside Jervis Bay, NSW following the ship's commissioning ceremony at sea (Picture source: POIS Tom Gibson/Commonwealth of Australia)


The Royal Australian Navy has welcomed its newest Air Warfare Destroyer into the fleet with the first-ever commissioning of an Australian warship at sea, since World War II, off the coast of New South Wales.

The ceremony marked the moment the 147-metre long Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Sydney (V) became one of Her Majesty’s Australian Ships.

Sydney is the last of three Hobart Class vessels built for Navy at Osborne in South Australia and is based on the Navantia F100 frigate design. She is equipped with advanced combat systems, providing the ship with layered offensive and defensive capabilities to counter conventional and asymmetric threats.


Royal Australian Navy commissions its Final Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Sydney V 925 003Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN presents Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney, Commander Edward Seymour, RAN with an Australian White Ensign during the ship's commissioning ceremony at sea off the coast of NSW (Picture source: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts/Commonwealth of Australia)


Sydney will now undergo her test and evaluation period where she will integrate into the fleet and Navy personnel will develop their proficiencies with her cutting-edge Aegis combat system.

Sydney and her sister ships, Hobart and Brisbane, are based at Garden Island in Sydney.

The first Royal Australian Navy vessel to be commissioned at sea was HMAS Matafele. The World War II stores carrier was commissioned on 1 January 1943.