Lloyd’s Register Asia has signed a contract to provide classification services
for the design study phase of the Royal Australian Navy
’s air warfare destroyer (AWD) project. This project will deliver a new class of at least three ships capable of air defence, with entry into service expected to take place in 2013. The ships will provide a significant enhancement to the Royal Australia Navy
’s air defence capability and will include the AEGIS combat
system with helicopter, gun and vertically launched missile weapon systems
. They will be the first combat ships for the Royal Australian Navy to be designed and constructed to a classification society’s Rules.