HMAS Canberra

By: RCM

Oct 06 2016

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HMAS Canberra (L02) is the first of two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships constructed for the Royal Australian Navy, the L01 being the second (go figure!). It’s a pretty big beast. Not by the standards of the US Aircraft carriers, but still big, measuring in at over 230 metres and displacing¬†27,500 tonnes.

The ships’ companies consists of 358 personnel – 293 from the Royal Australian Navy, 62 from the Australian Army and 3 from the RAAF.

It will transport 1,046 soldiers and their equipment. Canberra is capable of deploying a reinforced company of up to 220 soldiers at a time by airlift. Two vehicle decks (one for light vehicles, the other for heavy vehicles and tanks) have areas of 1,880 square metres and 1,410 square metres respectively, and between them can accommodate up to 110 vehicles. The well deck will carry up to four LHD Landing Craft (LLC), which can be launched and recovered in conditions up to Sea State 4. The flight deck can operate six MRH-90-size helicopters or four Chinook-size helicopters simultaneously, in conditions up to Sea State 5. A mix of MRH-90 transport helicopters and S-70B Seahawk anti-submarine helicopters will be carried: up to eight can be stored in the hangar deck, and the light vehicle deck can be repurposed to fit another ten. (wikipedia)

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