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Live: watch the launch of Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart

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The launch of Australia's first next-generation warship, the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Hobart, will be live-streamed from South Australia's Tech Port.

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Hobart's livestream will be available on the Hobart microsite from 10.15 am ASCT on Saturday May 23.

It is part of the most complex defence project in Australia's history – an $8 billion collaboration between ASC, Raytheon and the Department of Defence.

The full project will result in the delivery of three AWD ships to the Royal Australian Navy – the Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney. The Hobart is due for final delivery in March 2019.

The Hobart, which is over 140 metres long, has a top speed of over 28 knots, a range of over 5,000 nautical miles and room for more than 200 crew. More than 3,000 people were involved in the build.

It carries a range of weapons, detection and electronic warfare systems onboard. that include an Aegis threat tracking system, SPQ Horizon Search Radar, 48 vertical launch missile cells, a 5″ gun for coastal operations and two quad launchers of anti-ship HARPOON weapon systems.

It has surface launched torpedoes, a Phalanx short-range air and surface defence system, NULKA missile decoy system, front-mounted as well as towable sonar systems and a flight-deck suitable for a helicopter similar to an MH-60R Seahawk.

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