HMAS Adelaide, second LHD for Royal Australian Navy (photo : Navantia)
The second amphibious ship for the Royal Australian Navy was launched by Navantia shipyard at its Ferrol facilities. 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 “HMAS Adelaide” started with the steel cutting ceremony on the 2nd of February 2010, followed by the keel laying on the 18th of February 2011.
This early launch provides additional time for the equipment and testing until early 2014, in which the hull will be transported to Australia for completion and delivery by BAE Systems Australia in Williamstown.
These two amphibious ships were contracted on November 23, 2007 in Melbourne and will be delivered by BAE Systems to the Australia in 2014 and 2015.
The design of the Australian LHDs is based on the “Juan Carlos I” of the Spanish Navy Armada.