ALHD HMAS Canberra (photo : Navantia)
The Commonwealth of Australia has signed on October 3 acceptance of ALHD Canberra, first of two LHD ships Navantia has built for Australia based on the LHD Juan Carlos I designed for the Spanish Navy.
The contract, signed in 2007, includes the construction of 85% of the two ships in the shipyards of Navantia in Ferrol and completion in Australia by BAE Systems.
The ship was transferred to Australia in August 2012 and will be definitely delivered to the Australian Navy on 28 November.
The construction of these ships has led to Navantia entry into the niche market of this type of vessel, which has been consolidated with the election of Spanish LHD design by the Turkish Navy.