Hobart 39 Launch

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Official Hobart Launch Saturday, 23 May 2015

The launch of the first destroyer, Hobart was an important milestone for the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program, advancing the progress on all three destroyers. This is a key achievement for the program and a big step forward toward the delivery of three highly capable warships to the Royal Australian Navy.


View the Hobart Launch Ceremony HERE.


Hobart Launch collateral

Hobart Launch Press Release

Click here to view the speech by Mr Rod Equid CEO AWD Alliance.

The official Hobart launch program can be viewed here.

Our gallery has the latest photos of the future destroyer, Hobart, including photos of the Hobart Launch Ceremony.

Our YouTube page has the latest video and timelapse footage, including:

- AWD Journey

- Message from Managing Director Raytheon Australia, Michael Ward

- Message from Program Manager, AWD (Defence Materiel Organisation), Peter Croser

- Message from CEO ASC Shipbuilding, Mark Lamarre

- First AWD, Hobart is ready for launch

- What does it take to build an AWD?

- Gun load out and installation on Hobart 39

- Painting of Hobart Pennant Number 39

- Aerial vision of AWD 2015

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Wine Partner - BIRD IN HAND

As part of the naval tradition when launching a ship, a practice intended to invite good luck involves breaking a sacrificial bottle of champagne over the bow as the ship is named aloud and launched.

For the launch of Hobart, South Australia’s own Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir was chosen as the ceremonial bottle. Located at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills, Bird in Hand is an iconic South Australian brand with its much-loved Sparkling Pinot Noir sitting alongside internationally acclaimed wines. The winery is owned and operated by the Nugent family who live and work on the property, reflecting the strong sense of community in the Adelaide Hills. 


Well wishes to the future Hobart crew

AWD Alliance employees were asked to write down their wish for the future Hobart crew. Attendees of the official Hobart launch were asked to do the same and their wishes will be stored and given to the future crew at a later stage.

This initiative was designed to reinforce how appreciative we are for the hard work and dedication from the Royal Australian Navy and to send the future Hobart crew off on a safe mission.

Click here to view some of the messages.

 Ship 2 team - well wishes

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