Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ships – LHD

Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ships – LHD

The largest ship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy, Landing Helicopter Dock NUSHIP Adelaide, passes through Sydney Heads for the first time. *** Local Caption *** NUSHIP Adelaide is the second of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships, the largest ships ever built for the Navy. The LHD will be able to conduct a range of roles including large scale amphibious operations and carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. The ship's company is made up of 400 personnel from Navy, Army and Air Force. NUSHIP Adelaide will commission into the Royal Australian Navy in a ceremony in Sydney in late 2015 when she will become HMAS Adelaide.

The largest ships ever built for the Royal Australian Navy, the LHDs (Amphibious Assault Ship) were a collaboration between Navantia and BAE Systems – Maritime. The ships’ roles are to embark, transport and deploy an embarked Army force along with equipment and aviation units, and carry out/support humanitarian missions.

The first ship, named HMAS Canberra was commissioned in November 2014 and the second, HMAS Adelaide in December 2015.

The ships have a conventional steel mono hull design with the superstructure located on the starboard side of the flight deck. There are four main decks: the Well Dock and Heavy Vehicle Deck for heavy vehicles and/or cargo; Main Accommodation Deck, including the Primary Casualty Reception Facility; Hangar and Light Vehicle Deck for light weight vehicles and cargo; and the Flight Deck.

Accommodation is provided for 1400 personnel; approximately 400 ship’s company including the watercraft and flight deck crews and 1000 embarked force personnel. The LHD will be jointly crewed with personnel from Navy, Army and the Air Force forming the ship’s company.

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 MRH-90 helicopters,ARH Tiger,  CH-47 Chinooks, Blackhawks, Seahawks and the future Navy combat helicopter.