First Australian LHD Launched

Meanwhile, in Spain:

The hull of the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s two new amphibious ships has been launched in Spain, heralding a new era for Australia’s amphibious capability. The launch was lead by the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane.Vice Admiral Crane says the event is enormously significant. “These ships are officially known as Landing Helicopter Docks or LHDs and are the largest the Australian Navy has ever owned,” Vice Admiral Crane said. The launch of LHD 1's hull was held at the Navantia dockyards at Ferrol in northern Spain. The event had a distinctly Australian feel with the children of Australian diplomats in Spain joining the official delegation, waving Australian flags. A Canberra regional sparkling wine was broken over the Canberra Class ship’s hull. Vicki Coates, wife of the late Rear Admiral Nigel Coates was the “launch lady”. Rear Admiral Coates commanded the previous HMAS Canberra.

The hull of the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s two new amphibious ships has been launched in Spain, heralding a new era for Australia’s amphibious capability. The launch was lead by the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane.Vice Admiral Crane says the event is enormously significant. “These ships are officially known as Landing Helicopter Docks or LHDs and are the largest the Australian Navy has ever owned,” Vice Admiral Crane said. The launch of LHD 1's hull was held at the Navantia dockyards at Ferrol in northern Spain. The event had a distinctly Australian feel with the children of Australian diplomats in Spain joining the official delegation, waving Australian flags. A Canberra regional sparkling wine was broken over the Canberra Class ship’s hull. Vicki Coates, wife of the late Rear Admiral Nigel Coates was the “launch lady”. Rear Admiral Coates commanded the previous HMAS Canberra.

Ski jump for SVTOL aircraft like the F-35B.

From the release:

Vice Admiral Crane said that with a new generation in technology would come a new way of thinking in terms of how Navy would operate and crew this new capability.

“We are well progressed in our planning for the LHD arrival. I am confident we will have the people and the knowhow by the time the first LHD comes on line. Most importantly for now, this project is on time and on budget.”

Both ships will be based at Garden Island in Sydney. Crewed by all three services, the LHD will mark a significant strengthening of the ADF’s amphibious capability and tri-service culture.

First of class, HMAS Canberra (LHD01) will arrive in Victoria next year where it will be fitted out before being accepted into service in 2014 with sister ship HMAS Adelaide (LHD02) to follow the year after.

Nice to see one of our closest allies upping their capabilities. Most of them seem to be letting their militaries go to pasture.

Comments

  1. yep Australia survived the financial crisis ok,

    if Australia waited, they could have had half the royal navy for half the price.

  2. Its great to see the Aussies stepping up to the plate. However, maybe we can help them a bit by selling a recently or soon to be retired carrier to them?

  3. The non nuclear decommissioned carriers have been cannibalized for parts and have many years of hard use in them. They are also so huge as to be impractical for most countries. They are not worth anybody buying except for scrap now. Plus it’s not as easy as just buying a carrier. You have to train the thousands of people that would operate it. Have shore facilities and infrastructure. Create an air wing and all of its related expenses too. For a navy that has not operated a carrier since 1982-3 the expense is not going to pass muster these days. This ship is a nice step though.

    1. Australia could field a nuclear carrier, of course the RAN would have to pull all the crews off the other ships.
      And use all the fighter aircraft in the RAAF for planes on it.

  4. Yea……….I’m not into that working on **** thing anymnore. I want something smaller……….like my own ICBM or cruise missle. Got one of those sitting in the yard; and your neighbors know the meaning of “fraternal relations”. :)

    More on topic…..I’d venture that as far as swinging when we swing, in whatever venue it’s been in…….the Aussies have been there with us more than even the Brits and Canadians. Great allies……..I still hope to make it there some day to see some of the sights (except for the man eating salt water crocs!……I’ll dispatch a person of lessor importance to do that).

  5. Flanker, come on over, it’s a long flight but not too expensive if you arrive off-season.

    I have to wonder why we can’t build our own ships, we actually have a fairly large marine industry. I suppose it’s an issue of scale. It must take a lot of specialised equipment to build a ship that large.

  6. YEAH!!! Come on over Im moving on the 14th of April to Adelaide!! I want to join Hmas Adelaide eventually, ill be 18 in 2014 so…
    Im from the UK and I cant believe at how we’re dismantling our navy (and the rest of our military). We wont have any aircraft carrier capability for the next decade…
    COME ON OZLAND!!! I SAY!!

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