HMAS Canberra (L02) Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) [Canberra-class]

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THe Royal Australian Navy has currently two Canberra-class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD). The first one was named LHD HMAS Canberra L02, and her construction was initiated by Navantia, in Spain. After the hull was constructed in 2011, it was transported to Australia.

She was commissioned on 28 November 2014, and represents the largest ship ever operated by the RAN. The Canberra class design is based on the warship Juan Carlos I, built by Navantia for the Spanish Navy. Because of her similar design, the Canberra has the same physical dimensions as Juan Carlos I, but differs in the design of the island superstructure and the internal layout.

HMAS Canberra L02 is fitted with a Saab 9LV Mark 4 combat management system. Defence against aircraft and larger targets is to be provided by escort vessels and air support from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).The ships’ companies will consist of 358 personnel; 293 RAN, 62 Australian Army, and 3 RAAF.


HMAS Canberra L02 LHD

HMAS Canberra L02 LHD badge


  • The LHDs will transport
  • 1,046 soldiers and their equipment. 
  • Canberra will be capable of deploying a reinforced company of up to 220 soldiers at a time by airlift.
  • Two vehicle decks (one for light vehicles, the other for heavy vehicles and tanks) can accommodate up to 110 vehicles.
  • The flight deck can operate
    • six MRH-90-size helicopters or four Chinook-size helicopters simultaneously, in conditions up to Sea State 5.
    • A mix of MRH-90 transport helicopters and S-70B Seahawk anti-submarine helicopters will be carried: up to eight can be stored in the hangar deck, and the light vehicle deck can be repurposed to fit another ten.
    • The ski-jump ramp of Juan Carlos I has been retained for the RAN ships, although fixed-wing flight operations are not planned for the ships.


  • 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

HMAS Canberra L02.

HMAS Canberra L02. Credit source: Nick-D

Operational missions:


  • Because of its new construction, she has not yet participated in many missions. Canberra was the centrepiece of Australia Day celebrations in Sydney on 26 January 2015.
  • In March 2015, the ship was designated the flagship of the RAN.


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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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