NUSHIP Adelaide arrives in Melbourne
NUSHIP Adelaide will now be fitted out, with combat system and communications systems added, expected for delivery next year.
After it’s commissioned, a contingent of soldiers will be posted to the ship to work alongside the Navy ship’s company.
Amphibious Operations Officer Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Parkins said the arrival of NUSHIP Adelaide was a significant event in the development of the ADF’s Amphibious Capability.
“Soldiers will be fully integrated into the ship's company working in many of the ship’s departments and directly contribute to the ship’s capability,” Lt-Col Parkins said.
“To prepare, the Ship’s Company will begin to concentrate in Sydney in the middle of the year and start a range of individual and collective training activities, including contractor delivered training."
Lieutenant Colonel Parkins said his crew was lucky to be able to benefit from the lessons and hard work of the HMAS Canberra Army detachment.
“We will realise the full Amphibious Capability when HMAS Adelaide joins HMAS Canberra and HMAS Choules along with 2RAR and supporting troops from across the Army to exercise the Amphibious Ready Group during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017.
“It will be significant achievement, but there is a lot of work in front of us to get there."
The Canberra Class LHD’s are bigger than Australia’s last aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. They are more than 230 metres long, 27.5 metres high and will weigh around 27,500 tonnes once completed.
Each ship can carry a combined armed battle group of more than 1100 personnel, 100 armoured vehicles and 12 helicopters and also features a 40 bed hospital.
Blue Marlin will sail to the Patrick Webb Dock where the sea fastenings will be removed. The LHD hull will then be unloaded and moved, by tug, to the Williamstown dockyard for consolidation of the superstructure and other critical fit out work.
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