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HMAS Brisbane (DDG-40)

Guided-Missile Destroyer

Australia | 2018

"HMAS Brisbane is the second of three guided-missile destroyers belonging to the Hobart-class of the RAN - it was commissioned in 2018."

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HMAS Brisbane (DDG-41) is the second of three guided-missile destroyer warships commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for the Hobart-class. Led by sister-ship HMAS Hobart (DDG-39) herself, the class plays an important role in surface warfare operations for the service. Brisbane was ordered on October 4th, 2007 and began construction on February 3rd, 2014. Its design was through Navantia of Spain while construction was headed by ASC, Forgacs Group (Forgacs Marine & Defence), and Bae Systems.

The warship was launched on December 15th, 2016 and formally commissioned into service on October 27th, 2018. Today (2021), she homeports out of Fleet Base East (Sydney) and fights under the motto of "We Aim at Higher Things". She is known as "The Steel Cat" and has taken on three existing Battle Stars by name for prior service in the RAN.

The vessel is built to the Hobart-class standard and thus displaces 7,700 tons under full load and showcase a running length of 482.10 feet, a beam of 61 feet, and a draught of 17 feet. Power is through a COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas (CODOG) arrangement which encompasses 2 x General Electric Marine 7LM2500-SA-MLG38 gas turbines of 23,500 horsepower each with 2 x Caterpillar 3616 diesel engines of 7,580 horsepower each. This drives power to 2 x Shafts under stern, these assemblies being of controllable pitch for more precise handling. All told, the warship can make headway in ideal conditions at over 28 knots and range out to 5,800 miles.

Aboard is a complement of 202 personnel which includes an air arm of sixteen to manage the function of a Sikorsky MH-60R "Seahawk" helicopter launched and retrieved from the stern. The helicopter can provide Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) protection as well as undertake Search & Rescue (SAR) and general ferry duties as needed.

The ship is outfitted with a bevy of modern sensors, processing systems, and communications that includes the ITT EDO Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems ES-3701 ESM radar, the SwRI MBS-567A communications ESM system, and the Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems multi-purpose digital receiver. 4 x Nulka decoy launchers and 4 x 6-tube multi-purpose decoy launchers are part of the ship's make-up.

Armament includes a mix of ballistic, missile, and torpedo solutions led by the single 5" Mark 45 Mod 4 turreted deck gun. Aft of the emplacement is a 48-cell Mark 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) housing the RIM-66 "Standard 2" and/or the RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow (ESS) anti-aircraft / Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) ranged weapons. Surface threats are dealt with through the 2 x 4-cell Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers and both surface and underwater threats are solved through the 2 x Mark 31 Mod 9 twin-tubbed torpedo launcher systems. Beyond this are 2 x 25mm M242 "Bushmaster" automatic cannons and 1 x 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs) to deal with shorter-ranged threats to the ship.

After being commissioned in 2018, the warship undertook its weapons trials in 2019 including time spend in American waters off the coast of California. Beyond this, the warship has been undertaking general patrolling and exercise duties for its time at sea and has yet to have its baptism of fire.

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October 2021 - A helicopter launched from the flight deck of HMAS Brisbane crashed soon after take-off in the Philippine Sea. All crew survived.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for HMAS Brisbane (DDG-40).
2 x General Electric Marine 7LM2400-SA-MLG38 gas turbines developing 23,500 horsepower each with 2 x Caterpillar 3616 diesel engines in COmbined Diesel Or Gas (CODOG) arrangement developing 7,580 horsepower each and driving 2 x Shafts.
29.0 kts
33.4 mph
Surface Speed
5,040 nm
5,800 miles | 9,334 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of HMAS Brisbane (DDG-40).
483.0 ft
147.22 meters
O/A Length
61.0 ft
18.59 meters
17.0 ft
5.18 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of HMAS Brisbane (DDG-40).
1 x 5" Mark 45 Mod 4 turreted deck gun.
1 x 48-cell Mark 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for RIM-66 Standard 2 and/or RIM-162 "Evolved Sea Sparrow" (ESS) Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs).
2 x 4-cell Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers.
1 x 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).
2 x 25mm M242 Bushmaster chain guns.
2 x Mark 32 Mod 9 twin-tubed torpedo launchers.
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of HMAS Brisbane (DDG-40).
1 x Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk navy helicopter outfitted for the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) role.
Ships-in-Class (3)
Notable series variants as part of the HMAS Brisbane (DDG-40) family line as relating to the Hobart-class group.
HMAS Hobart (DDG-39); HMAS Brisbane (DDG-41); HMAS Sydney (DDG-42)
Global operator(s) of the HMAS Brisbane (DDG-40). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Navantia - Spain / ASC; Forgacs Group (Forgacs Marine and Defence); BAe Systems Australia - Australia
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Image of the HMAS Brisbane (DDG-40)
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