efe-epaSydney, Australia

The Spanish-designed destroyer HMAS Hobart was inducted into the Royal Australian Navy on Saturday, and will contribute to maintaining peace and security in the region, the Australian prime minister said.

Malcolm Turnbull said that it was crucial that Australia's defense is strong and well equipped, speaking during the commissioning of HMAS Hobart, which was also attended by Spanish representatives.

Turnbull referred to the Islamic State presence in the Philippines and the North Korean threat in his speech, adding that HMAS Hobart was proof of Australia's determination to defend itself and the region.

The ship is based on a Spanish design and was constructed in the Australian port of Adelaide, being the first of the three destroyers to be assigned to the consortium AWD Alliance - which includes Spanish state-owned company Navantia - for construction.

The ship, with a length of 147 meters and a depth of 7 meters, has been equipped with the Aegis weapon system, powerful radars and long-distance missiles, among other features.

The president of Navantia, Esteban Garcia Vilasanchez, told EFE that the destroyer was designed by the company based on the F-100 frigate and was partially developed in Spain.

HMAS Hobart, commanded by Capt John Stavridis, will serve a trial period while Brisbane and Sydney, the two other destroyers of the project, will be delivered later.

The second destroyer is ready for sea trials and was planned and developed in line with the Australian navy and government's requirements, Garcia Vilasanchez said.

Navantia had also constructed amphibious ships HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide for Australia, which entered service in 2014 and 2015 respectively, and is currently building two other logistical support ships in Cantabria.

Navantia is also bidding to get the contract for the construction of new frigates for Australia. British company BAE and Italian manufacturer Fincantieri are also in the race.

Turnbull, speaking to reporters along with defense minister Marise Payne, refused to comment on the frigates contract.