AWD Project Updates Project Updates en-AU Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:36:04 GMT Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:36:04 GMT Latest News on the AWD Project Late last year, the project passed the significant milestone of keel-laying for the first destroyer Hobart which marked the start of the consolidation of the Hobart Class destroyers that will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy from 2016. Further keel blocks are rapidly being joined on the hardstand at the South Australian Government’s Common User Facility (CUF) at Techport Australia and the Hobart is now steadily taking shape. The CUF is located adjacent to the ASC Shipyard and is where all three destroyers will be consolidated and then launched. 2013 started with a number of significant deliveries to the Air Warfare Destroyer project. The first delivery of modular blocks for Ship 2, Brisbane, arrived from BAE Systems in January which will house the Vertical Launch System. The first sonar block also arrived from Navantia in Spain in January, followed by the fibre glass sonar dome from the United Kingdom in February. The AWD Alliance also took delivery of the mast for the Ship 1 Hobart, from Port Adelaide company MG Engineering. Twelve blocks have been joined or are in the process of being joined to form the growing structure of the Hobart. Block fit out is well advanced, including the installation of the first accommodation modules, diesel generators, gas turbines and water coolers for the combat systems. Work is also underway on the fabrication of blocks for the second and third ships, Brisbane and Sydney. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 03:15:00 GMT