HMAS Brisbane (DDG 41)

HMAS Brisbane (DDG 41), named after the city of Brisbane, Queensland, is the second ship of the Hobart-class air warfare destroyers used by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

HMAS Brisbane in April 2019
Namesake: City of Brisbane, Queensland
Ordered: 4 October 2007
Laid down: 3 February 2014
Launched: 15 December 2016
Acquired: 27 July 2018[1]
Commissioned: 27 October 2018[2][3]
Motto: "We Aim At Higher Things"
Honours and
Three inherited battle honours
Status: Active
General characteristics (as designed)
Class and type: Hobart-class destroyer
Displacement: 6,250 tonnes (6,150 long tons; 6,890 short tons) full load
Length: 147.2 m (482 ft 11 in)
Beam: 18.6 m (61 ft 0 in) maximum
Draught: 5.17 m (17 ft 0 in)
Speed: Over 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: Over 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
  • 186 + 16 aircrew
  • Accommodation for 234
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Aegis combat system
  • Lockheed Martin AN/SPY-1D(V) S-band radar
  • Northrop Grumman AN/SPQ-9B X-band pulse Doppler horizon search radar
  • Raytheon Mark 99 fire-control system with two continuous wave illuminating radars
  • 2 × L-3 Communications SAM Electronics X-band navigation radars
  • Ultra Electronics Sonar Systems' Integrated Sonar System
  • Ultra Electronics Series 2500 electro-optical director
  • Sagem VAMPIR IR search and track system
  • Rafael Toplite stabilised target acquisition sights
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • ITT EDO Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems ES-3701 ESM radar
  • SwRI MBS-567A communications ESM system
  • Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems multi-purpose digital receiver
  • Jenkins Engineering Defence Systems low-band receiver
  • 4 × Nulka decoy launchers
  • 4 × 6-tube multi-purpose decoy launchers
Aircraft carried: 1 x MH-60R Seahawk


The ship was built at ASC's shipyard in Osborne, South Australia from modules fabricated by ASC, BAE Systems Australia in Victoria, and Forgacs Group in New South Wales. She was laid down on 3 February 2014 and launched on 15 December 2016.[4]

Brisbane commenced sea trials in November 2017.[5] She was handed over to the RAN on 27 July 2018.[1]

Operational service

Brisbane was commissioned on 27 October 2018.[2][3] The destroyer completed its weapons trials in March 2019.[6] On 6 April 2019 Brisbane's crew conducted a Freedom of Entry parade through the Brisbane central business district.[7] In September 2019 the ship was deployed to the United States to use US Navy ranges off southern California for combat systems testing.[8]


  1. Gady, Franz-Stefan (31 July 2018). "Australia's Second Air-Warfare Destroyer Handed Over to Department of Defense". The Diplomat. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. Rabe, Tom (27 October 2018). "Navy missile destroyer unveiled in Sydney". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  3. Kuper, Stephen (27 October 2018). "The Royal Australian Navy has commissioned its second Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Brisbane, at a ceremony in Sydney today". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  4. "HMAS Brisbane (III)". Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. "Second destroyer enters sea trials". Navy Daily. Royal Australian Navy. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  6. Gady, Franz-Stefan (28 March 2019). "Australia's Second Air Warfare Destroyer Completes Weapons Trials". The Diplomat. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  7. Lynch, Lydia (6 April 2019). "HMAS Brisbane sailors march through their namesake town". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  8. Csucsy, Justin (3 October 2019). "Sydney one step closer to service after trials". Navy News. Department of Defence. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
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