Brisbane home for Christmas

HMAS Brisbane sails into Garden Island, Sydney, after her five-month deployment. Photo: Petty Officer Justin Brown

Brisbane home for Christmas

Australia’s newest warship, HMAS Brisbane, has arrived home to family and friends following her first overseas deployment.

Brisbane’s arrival in Sydney on December 17 drew to a close the return of 10 Royal Australian Navy warships from deployments across South-East Asia, the Pacific and the United States.

Over the past several months, Navy’s warships have conducted complex exercises with our partners, building on our respective skills and helping to keep our region secure.

The Hobart-class destroyer was put through her paces during the five-month deployment, including combat system testing off the west coast of the United States.

Commanding Officer Brisbane, Commander Josh Wilson, said – in what was a first for the Navy – Brisbane completed a live cooperative missile engagement with the United States Navy.

Brisbane’s deployment has both enhanced interoperability with the United States and demonstrated the lethality of the Hobart class,” Commander Wilson said.

“Australia is now better equipped to integrate into joint exercises and operations as a result of this deployment.

“The deployment marked the culmination of 12-months’ hard work for the crew.

“It feels fantastic to have achieved our objective and returned home to our friends and family in time for Christmas.”

Brisbane is the second of three 147-metre-long Australian-built Hobart-class destroyers and is designed to provide air defence for groups of ships – in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas – against missiles and aircraft.

The ship is equipped with a Mk41 Vertical Launch System with SM-2 Standard Missiles and Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles, a Mk45 5-inch main gun, Phalanx Close-In Weapons System, two 25mm Typhoon guns, and MU90 and Mk54 light-weight torpedoes for subsurface defence.

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