Royal Australian Navy LHD launch paves the way for amphibious transformation

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    LHD launch paves the way for amphibious transformation
    AUSTRALIA - 18 FEBRUARY 2011

    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.

    Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane, led the launch and said the event was 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.

    LHD01's hull launch was held at the Navantia dockyards at Ferrol in northern Spain; the event having a distinct Australian feel as children of Australian diplomats joined 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 who commanded the previous HMAS Canberra, was the ‘launch lady’.

    Vice Admiral Crane said 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,” he said.

    “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.


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    We need at least 5 to 6 these type of vessels, is india planning for aquaring these kind of ships if any member have any idea please post it.
     
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    We are going in for LPDs. We want to create a more expeditionary force instead of an amphibious force. The IN in co-ordination with the army needs something in the lines of US Marines. The San Antonio class and the Mistral fits the bill. But the San Antonio class fits the bill perfectly but is too costly.
     
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    Re: Royal Australian Navy LHD launch paves the way for amphibious tran

    Not really sure what the major difference is you perceive between the Juan Carlos/ Canberra and the Mistral classes.

    San Antonio works for the American's as they have the Wasp class if they need to operate large numbers of helicopters. As the Indian Navy has very little amphibious/ expeditionary capability, don't see how the San Antonio class is perfect, as everything it can do the Wasp/ Canberra/ Mistral classes can do, while the San Antonio has far less "over the beach" capability i.e. it can't operate helicopters as effectively.

    Are Indian "aircraft carriers" configured to function as amphibious assault ships?

    Know next to nothing about ship manufacturing. But, understand that amphibious assault ships aren't built to "military standards" (don't know what that phrase means) but to less strict, and cheaper, civilian standards.

    You've got shipyards in India. Knocking together a passenger ship, with a helicopter deck, can't be that hard. You already spend a lot on foreign military equipment.

    Edited to add: As to a Indian Marine Corp. Am sure that almost everyone in the British and American militaries, outside of their respective Marine Corps, would like to see them disbanded. Their existance is largely due to historical reasons. The Indian Navy, presently, has to the potential to sea-lift about a battalion, or so (I could be worng about that). Do you really think there's much point for India to create a new Corp of (maybe) a couple of thousand infantry men, who are pretty much guaranteed to never be used in their intended role i.e. can't imagine India's going to be launching a contested, seaborne invasion of anyone anytime soon.
     
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    Re: Royal Australian Navy LHD launch paves the way for amphibious tran

    Awesome pics

    Does it uses Ski jump for STOVL F-35?? if not what is the use of Ski jump on this vessle :rolleyes:
     
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    The Ski jump is part of the design for the original Spanish version (JC1) of the ship and is intended for Harriers and then F-35B’s with the Spanish Navy. There are no plans for the RAN to acquire F-35B’s and the ships are not setup internally to operate them. It was just easier to build the ski jump instead of changing the design and all the stuffing about modern design process involve. Although cross- decking with other nations' aircraft may occur, the RAN maintains that embarking Australian-operated, fixed-wing aircraft is not under consideration. :ranger:
     
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    Re: Royal Australian Navy LHD launch paves the way for amphibious tran

    Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD)

    The Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD), also known as a Landing Helicopter Dock, project will provide the Australian Defence Force with one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world. These 27,000 tonne ships will be able to land a force of over 2,000 personnel by helicopter and water craft, along with all their weapons, ammunition, vehicles and stores.


    Characteristics

    The largest ships ever built for the Royal Australian Navy, the LHDs are being built as a collaboration between Navantia and BAE Systems - Maritime. The first LHD, named HMAS Canberra, is due to be commissioned in 2014 and the second ship, HMAS Adelaide, is planned to commission in 2016.

    The LHD's flight deck is 202.3m long and 32m wide (4750m2), allowing the ship to operate a range of ADF rotary wing aircraft including:

    • MRH90 helicopter
    • CH-47 Chinook helicopter
    • Blackhawk helicopter
    • S-70B-2 Seahawk
    • Armed Reconnaisance Helicopter
    • Romeo Seahawk

    The flight deck has been configured with six spots on the port side for medium sized aircraft such as the NRH 90 or Blackhawk, which allows for simultaneous take off and landing operations; alternatively it can support simultaneous take off and landing operations of four CH-47 Chinooks.


    Major Statistics

    • Length Overall 230.82m
    • Moulded Beam 32.00m
    • Beam Waterline 29.50m
    • Flight Deck height 27.50m
    • Draft at Full Load Displacement 7.08m
    • Full Load Displacement 27,500 tonnes

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