HMAS Hobart Keel Laying Ceremony
25 Sep 2013|

Mr Rod Eqid speaks about the Air Warfare Destroyer Project and Alliance during the Keel Laying Ceremony held at the South Australian Government’s User Facility (CUF) in Osborne, Adelaide.

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced the start of the consolidation phase of the $8 billion Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) project which begun with the laying of the first keel in Adelaide on September 6, 2012.

The keel laying for the first destroyer Hobart is a significant milestone in the AWD project as it marks the start of the next phase in the delivery of three world-class warships to the Royal Australian Navy.

Keel laying is an important shipyard and naval tradition which involves securing a newly-minted coin under the keel of the ship and constructing over the coin to bring good luck through the build phase and the life of the ship.