The first step in fixing a problem is conceding that there might be a problem you haven’t considered before.
Update on previous story – Australia’s Canberra Class ships aren’t in very good shape
Yesterday I posted a story about the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock Ships and today I have some more news to share with you – and depending on which side of the fence you sit on when it comes to these Spanish Built ships constructed in conjunction with BAE Systems-Maritime and German manufacturer Siemens you will either cringe, laugh or feel bad for the Royal Australian Navy.
Yesterday I reported that the HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide were currently in dry-dock due to issues that were identified with their propulsion system; now today the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) today conceded that the LHD’s may have design flaw with the engine systems.
In the mean time, Engineers are still trying to identify what is causing problems with the “azimuth” propulsion system on board the more than a billion dollar a piece ships which have been found to have metal fragments in the engine lubricant.
RAN has now confirmed HMAS Adelaide will no longer participate in next month’s planned Talisman Sabre exercises with the United States, and says it is too early to say whether HMAS Canberra will also be able to take part however it is speculated that it will not take part in the exercise as well – the exercises would be the time for Australia to show off it more recent improvements in amphibious warfare.
For Navantia, this comes at a really bad time. They are bidding on nine new anti-submarine-submarine frigates that RAN will be ordering and the controversy surrounding the sale of the same ships by Navantia to the Saudi Arabian government which an expert on arms sales for Amnesty International described as potentially illegal.