Australia’s second Canberra class Amphibious Assault Ships, HMAS Adelaide, has completed of sea trials off the south east Australian coast
The trials reportedly centred on testing navigation, combat and communications systems.
Commanding Officer, Captain Paul Mandziy, said:
“These final sea acceptance trials will determine the shape of the final pre-delivery work package before the ship is delivered to the Commonwealth later this year.
Our team is certainly impressing and we have developed excellent relationships with the other 170 sea-riders from the Department, BAE Australia and various sub-contractors. We are in an excellent position to leverage from the experiences of our sister ship HMAS Canberra and as a consequence we have built a very close relationship with our peers. We also know what challenges to expect and our crew have had the benefit of sea-riding on Canberra and in working with the systems that will be delivered with Adelaide.”
The Canberra class is a ship class of two Landing Helicopter Dock. Construction of the first assault ship, HMAS Canberra, started in late 2008, sea trials in early 2014. Canberra was commissioned in November 2014. Work on the second vessel, HMAS Adelaide, started in early 2010. Adelaide is predicted to enter service in 2016. They are the largest vessels ever operated by the RAN, with a displacement of 27,500 tonnes