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The Hobart class Guided Missile Cruisers are American-designed, Australian-built AEGIS equipped Air Warfare Cruisers in service with the Royal Australian Navy. They are made by the Australian Submarine Corporation, in South Australia. They are copies of the Ticonderoga class guided missile cruisers. Three are named for Australian capital cities, and the last for the Leander class cruiser HMNZS Achilles, which was the first New Zealand ship to enjoy success in battle.

The ships are among the most powerful surface combatants in the world, having 122 Mk-41 VLS cells for Tomahawk, Standard missiles, VL-ASROC, and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (rarely carried). The ship also carries 8 Harpoon missiles in quad launchers.

The first of the class was laid down in 1994 and entered service in 1997. The rest followed in one year intervals.

There are four in service:

  • HMAS Hobart
  • HMAS Brisbane
  • HMAS Perth
  • HMAS Achilles
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HMAS Hobart top view

SpecificationsEdit

Displacement 9,750 tonnes
Length 567 ft (173.9 m)
Machinery 4 General Electric LM2500 COGAG; two shafts, 80,000 total shaft horsepower (60 MW)
Speed 32.5 kts
Armament
  • Two 5 inch (127mm/L62) Mk-45 Mod 4 (lightweight gun)
  • Two 20mm Phalanx CIWS
  • 8 RGM-84 Harpoons in 2 quad launchers
  • 122 Cell VLS system (61 missiles fore and aft)
    • BGM-109 Tomahawk
    • Standard Missiles
    • VL-ASROC
    • Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles
  • 2 Mk 32 Triple Torpedo Tubes for Mk 46/MU90 Torpedoes
  • 2 25mm M242 Bushmaster cannon
  • 2-4 0.50 cal FN M2HB-QCB Heavy Machine Guns
  • Mountings for 7.62mm MAG 58 GPMG
Aircraft 2 S-70B-2 Seahawk

Ship ProfileEdit

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Profile of the Hobart class cruiser.