Skip to comments.Largest Ever Australian Warship Enters Fleet
Posted on 11/28/2014 8:45:18 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
The first of two 27,000-ton amphibious warships was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on Friday, according to information from the service.
HMAS Canberra (L-02) entered the RAN fleet on Friday during a ceremony at the services Fleet Base East in Sydney.
Canberra and sister ship HMAS Adelaide will be the two largest ships in RAN history as part of about a $2.5 billion (USD) shipbuilding program.
The ships design is based on a Spanish amphibious assault ship Juan Carlo I and built and designed by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and BAE Systems Australia.
The pair will be the first ships since the 1980s capable of operating short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) fighters, but the Australian government said it has no plans to by the STOVL variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
HMAS Canberra is an exciting addition to the Royal Australian Navy. This very capable ship will serve the nation well for decades to come, said RAN Chief of Navy Vice Adm. Tim Barrett on Friday during the commissioning ceremony.
Royal Australian Navy MH60R Romeo Seahawk, flies past HMAS Canberra. RAN Photo
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Looks like there was some Mutiny on the BOWnty
it looks suspiciously like a container ship.
it should have a big logo on the side.
Hey! The Aussies are building targets too!
With China expanding and the United States descending into decadence, the Australians would be very wise to increase their defense capability—and expand their population of puissant Westerners.
Yep. And these have no anti-missile capabilities.
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