HMAS Hobart (III)

Commissioned on 23 September 2017, HMAS Hobart (III) is the first of three ships of the Hobart Class guided missile destroyers (DDG). Hobart Class DDGs are based on the Navantia-designed F100 frigate and fitted with the Aegis Combat System. The Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance constructed the ships in Australia.

The Hobart Class provides air defence for accompanying ships, land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft. The Aegis Combat System incorporating the state-of-the-art phased array radar and the SM-2 missile provides an advanced air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at ranges in excess of 150km.

The Hobart Class carries a helicopter for surveillance and response to support key warfare areas. The surface warfare function includes long-range anti-ship missiles and a naval gun capable of firing extended range munitions in support of land forces.

The Hobart Class also conducts undersea warfare and is equipped with modern sonar systems, decoys, surface-launched torpedoes and an array of effective close-in defensive weapons.


Commanding Officer Commander Tina Brown
Class Hobart Class
Type Destroyer, Guided Missile (DDG)
  • Air defence
  • Surface warfare
  • Surveillance
  • Undersea warfare
Pennant D39
International callsign VKLB
Motto Grow With Strength
Home port Fleet Base East
Builder Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance
Laid down 6 September 2012
Launched 23 May 2015
Launched by Mrs Nicola Hodgman
Commissioned 23 September 2017
Displacement 7000 tonnes (full load)
Length 146.7 metres
Beam 18.6 metres
Draught 7.2 metres
Speed 28+ knots (top speed)
Range 4500 nautical miles (18 knots)
Crew 180 (approx.)
  • 2 x General Electric Marine model 7LM2500-SA-MLG38 gas turbines, 17,500 kilowatts (23,500 hp) each
  • 2 x Caterpillar Bravo 16 V Bravo diesel engines, 5650 kilowatts (7580 hp) each
Guns Mk45 5-inch 62 calibre gun
Torpedoes MU90 torpedoes
Other armament
  • 2 x 25mm M242 Bushmaster on Typhoon mounts
  • 1 x Phalanx CIWS
Physical countermeasures Nulka Active Missile Decoy system
  • AN/SPY-1D (V) phased array radar
  • Horizon search radar
Sonars Integrated sonar system incorporating a hull mounted and towed array sonar
Combat data systems Aegis (baseline 7.1)
Helicopters 1 x MH-60R Seahawk
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Guided missile destroyer