AWD Project Updates Project Updates en-AU Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:51:46 GMT Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:51:46 GMT Latest News on the AWD Project Ship 1 is now fully consolidated, meaning all 31 blocks are joined on the hardstand at the South Australian Government’s Common User Facility (CUF) in Adelaide. The CUF is located within the Techport Australia precinct adjacent to the ASC Shipyard and is where all three destroyers will be consolidated and launched. Work is underway on the internal fitout including installing diesel generators, main propulsion diesel engines, gas turbines and gearboxes and electrical switchboards. Taylor Bros has a team working on the accommodation compartments of the ship to install a range of products including cabin modules, furniture, galley, pantry, refrigerated spaces and laundry equipment. Load-out of the Hobart Class Combat System has commenced on Ship 1. In April 2014, six strike-length missile modules for the Vertical Launch System (VLS) were installed. The VLS MK41 modules are a critical part of the combat system which will enable the destroyers to execute air warfare and ship self-defence tasks. Ship 2 – the future destroyer Brisbane Following the keel-laying ceremony for Brisbane in February 2014, the consolidation process has progressed and there are now five keel blocks consolidated on the CUF hardstand. Block production for Brisbane continues at three Australian shipyards: BAE Systems (Victoria), Forgacs (New South Wales), and ASC (South Australia). The AWD Alliance has taken delivery of Brisbane’s mast from local Port Adelaide company, MG Engineering. Ship 3 – the future destroyer Sydney Construction is underway on hull blocks for Ship 3, Sydney, at BAE Systems (Victoria); Forgacs (New South Wales) and work at ASC has also commenced. The mast is under construction at MG Engineering (Port Adelaide) and Sydney’s keel blocks will arrive from Navantia (Spain) mid 2014. Across the project AWD Alliance staff has commenced training with the IPMS training simulator in the Maritime Skills Centre, at Techport Australia. The IPMS allows for digital control of the ship’s functions, such as propulsion, steering and damage control. Training conducted this year will provide key members of the AWD Alliance with detailed information on the capability of the ship’s systems and develop the skills of the instructors prior to training the future crew of Hobart. The project currently employs a total of about 3,000 people working directly on the project throughout Australia Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:15:00 GMT