The hull of the Royal Australian Navys second Landing Helicopter Dock, HMAS Adelaide, has been launched four and half months ahead of schedule in Spain. Source: AdelaideNow
HMAS Adelaide - one of the largest and most capable ships ever to be operated by the Royal Australian Navy - has been launched in Spain.
The second of Australia's two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships was launched at the Navantia shipyard.
The LHDs are the largest ships ever built for the Royal Australian Navy and will provide the ADF with one of the most capable and sophisticated amphibious deployment ships in the world.
The Canberra Class LHDs are bigger than Australia’s last aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, which was retired in the1980s. However, while they are capable of operating short take-off, vertical landing aircraft, none are planned for purchase.
When completed the ships will be more than 230m long, 27.5m high and weigh around 27,500 tonnes.
Each ship is essentially a floating military base, capable of carrying more than 1100 personnel, 100 armoured vehicles and 12 attack/transport helicopters. It also features a 40-bed hospital.
Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, as a subcontractor to BAE Systems Australia, has constructed and is fitting out the hulls of both amphibious ships.
The superstructure, combat and communications systems will be completed in Australia at the BAE Systems shipyard in Williamstown, Victoria.
HMAS Canberra's hull is due to arrive at BAE’s Williamstown dockyard for completion later year.
The launch of HMAS Adelaide. The LHDs are the largest ships ever built for the Royal Australian Navy and will provide the ADF with