17 Mei 2017
Mast for HMAS Sydney (photo : Aus AWD)
Third Destroyer, Sydney Reaches Milestone with Mast Lift
Progress on the third Air Warfare Destroyer, Sydney continues as the Alliance works towards the upcoming completion of the ship’s hull integration in the coming months. Sydney continues to benefit from lessons learned across the program, with significant efficiency gains being measured from the first ship through to the third.
On Monday 15 May 2017, the AWD Alliance successfully loaded out the mast onto the hull of Sydney, following the Mast Stepping Ceremony that was held last week. The Mast Stepping Ceremony celebrates a long standing naval tradition, dating back to the ancient Romans, which involves placing a coin under the mast of a ship for good luck.
At the ceremony, Alliance General Manager Paul Evans spoke about the traditions of the Mast Stepping and thanked the team for their hard work and dedication.
“Your commitment to excellence and finding improvements, combined with your demonstration of the true spirit of collaboration and teamwork has been noticed.”
Sydney Ship Manager Jason Loveday spoke about the lessons learned and how the team implemented them successfully.
“Our Ship 3 team critically analysed the build state of Ship 2’s mast outfitting, and evaluated the build strategy to introduce further efficiencies. I am very proud of our shipbuilding team for proactively working together to achieve a further improvement of 15% on top of the already optimised Ship 2 mast outfitting strategy.”