HMAS Adelaide (L01) Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) [Canberra-class]

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As a part of the new and modern amphibious fleet of the Royal Australian Navy, the LDH HMAS Adelaide L01, has been commissioned on 4th December 2015. She and her sister, HMAS Canberra L02, are aimed to provide full support to amphibious and anti-submarine operations for the RAN.

Construction of the vessel was initiated at Navantia’s Spanish shipyard in Ferrol, north of Spain. The warship was laid down in February 2011, and launched on 4 July 2012. The hull was loaded onto Blue Marlin on 10 December 2013 in Vigo Bay.Blue Marlin and Adelaide arrived at Williamstown on 7 February 2014.

The operational service was originally planned for mid-2015, but as of July 2011, this had been pushed back to sometime in 2016.The ship was formally handed over to the ADF on 22 October, and was commissioned into the RAN on 4 December 2015.

HMAS Adelaide L01 Badge

HMAS Adelaide L01 Badge

The defense systems and transport capabilities are almost identical to those of the HMAS Canberra L01.

  • Displacement: 27,500 tonnes (30,300 short tons; 27,100 long tons) at full load
  • Length: 230.82 m (757.3 ft)
  • Beam: 32.0 m (105.0 ft)
  • Draft: 7.08 m (23.2 ft)
  • Propulsion:
    Combined Diesel and Gas
    1 × GE LM2500 gas turbine
    2 × MAN 16V32/40 diesel generators
    2 × Siemens azimuth thrusters
  • Speed:
    Over 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) maximum
    19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) full-load sustained
    15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) economical
    Range: 9,000 nautical miles (17,000 km; 10,000 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
    Boats & landing
    craft carried: 4 × LLC
  • Capacity:
    Up to 110 vehicles
    Heavy vehicle deck: 1,410 m2 (15,200 sq ft)
    Light vehicle deck: 1,880 m2 (20,200 sq ft)
  • Troops: 1,046
    Complement: 358 personnel; 293 RAN, 62 Australian Army, 3 RAAF
    Sensors and
    processing systems: Giraffe AMB radar, Saab 9LV combat system
  • Electronic warfare
    & decoys:
    AN/SLQ-25 Nixie towed torpedo decoy
    Nulka missile decoy
  • Armament:
    4 × Rafael Typhoon 25 mm remote weapons systems
    6 × 12.7 mm machine guns
  • Aircraft carried:
    8 helicopters (standard)
    18 helicopters (maximum hangar space)
    Aviation facilities: Flight deck with 13 degree ski-jump, 6 in-line deck landing spots



During 2016, Adelaide is expected to perform the usual post-commissioning trials and other activities as the ship is worked up to full operational status

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▽Warships in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

Frigate surface Force (11): The principal striking force of the RAN comes from the eleven frigates of the surface force: eight of them belong to the Anzac class and the rest (three) are units from the Adelaide class.

Submarine Striking Force (6): The RAN operates six Collins-class submarines. Due to technical and manpower problems these submarines might be replaced in the future by Japanese Soryu-class submarines.

Amphibious Force (3): There are a huge variety of amphibious warfare units, which include two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock ships and the landing ship HMAS Choules.

Patrol Boat Force (13): There are thirteen Armidale-class patrol boats that perform coastal and economic exclusion zone patrols.

Mine Hunting and Warfare Force (4 + 2 in reserve):
There are four Huon-class vessels that are used for minehunting and clearance (another two are commissioned but in reserve since October 2011).

Replenishment Force (2 + 6 survey duties):
The task for replenishment at sea is provided by two ships, Sirius and Success. In addition, there are two Leeuwin-class and four Paluma-class vessels perform survey and charting duties.

Training Units (1 + 1 support vessel + 2 patrol boats):
The RAN operates the sail training ship Young Endeavour, the support vessel ADV Ocean Shield, and two Cape-class patrol boats. The latter ones are acquired thanks to the Australian Border Force.

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