of Second Amphibious Ship HMAS
Adelaide, Canberra Class LHD for Royal Australian Navy
launched at its Ferrol facilities, the second amphibious ship for the
Royal Australian Navy. The Ship’s launching lady, Mrs. Maureen
Banks, as well as the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral
Ray Griggs, together with representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia,
BAE Systems, SEPI and Navantia have attended the event.
Construction of the “Adelaide” started with the Steel Cutting
ceremony on the 2nd of February 2010, followed by the keel laying on
the 18th of February 2011.
Launch of HMAS Adelaide, Canberra Class LHD (Picture:
Royal Australian Navy)
The launch takes place four and half months earlier
than the planned date. This early launch provides additional time, until
early 2014, to complete the outfitting and testing of the ship, when
the hull will be transported to Australia for completion and delivery
by BAE Systems Australia in Williamstown.
The “Adelaide” is the second of the two amphibious ships
contracted on the 23rd of November 2007 by the Commonwealth of Australia
in Melbourne. The amphibious ships will be delivered by BAE Systems
to the Commonwealth of Australia in 2014 and 2015.
The design of the Australian LHDs is based on the “Juan Carlos
I”, delivered by Navantia to the Spanish Navy last year.