Adelaide enters service

HMAS Adelaide (L01), the second of two Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) built for the Royal Australian Navy, was commissioned into the Fleet 04 December 2015, alongside Garden Island, Sydney. The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, together with the Minister for Defence, Senator the Honourable Marise Payne, and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, attended the traditional ceremony held on Adelaide’s aircraft hangar deck.

The Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC, (Retd), receives a Royal Salute from the band and Commissioning Guard during HMAS Adelaide's Commissioning ceremony
The Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC, (Retd), receives a Royal Salute from the band and Commissioning Guard during HMAS Adelaide’s Commissioning ceremony

Around 1,000 guests made up of family, industry and government representatives from Australia and Spain watched the proud Commissioning crew of Navy, Army and Air Force members march onboard and saw the Australian White Ensign being raised for the first time, signifying Adelaide’s entry into naval service.

Commanding Officer of HMAS Adelaide (L01), Captain Paul Mandziy, said it was a historic day. «This is a proud and momentous occasion that symbolises the culmination of the amount of time, support and hard work that has gone into realising this capability», Captain Mandziy said. «As the second of class, lessons learnt from HMAS Canberra (L02), our sister ship, has sped up our introduction into service, but a lot of effort and energy was still required from my ship’s company to get us prepared for today», Captain Mandziy said. «Our work doesn’t stop with commissioning. In the New Year we will conduct further trials at sea before commencing our work-up cycle. It is humbling to bring back the proud name Adelaide into the Fleet for a third time», Captain Mandziy said.

Commanding Officer of HMAS Adelaide (L01), Captain Paul Mandziy, CSC, RAN, addresses guests during the ship's Commissioning Ceremony
Commanding Officer of HMAS Adelaide (L01), Captain Paul Mandziy, CSC, RAN, addresses guests during the ship’s Commissioning Ceremony

Seaman Sahara McClellan, the youngest member of Adelaide’s crew at age 19, was selected to cut the commissioning cake with the Commanding Officer and says it will be a lasting memory. «It’s such an experience. I’ve only been in for just over a year so to be part of a commissioning crew in that amount of time – it is a pretty big deal», Seaman McClellan said. «Cutting the commissioning cake beside the CO was a proud moment and one I’ll look back on».

The capable air-land-sea amphibious asset joins her sister ship HMAS Canberra (L02) in service and marks the transformation of Navy capability. The LHDs are the next generation of Navy ships and are the first ships in a major fleet expansion.

Over the coming decades, the Navy will undergo its most significant period of recapitalisation since World War II, with new submarines, frigates, offshore patrol vessels and other specialist vessels. In 2016, the first of three Hobart Class Destroyers will also join the fleet.

The 757 feet/230.8 metre long LHDs are the largest ships ever built for the Navy. The 27,831 tonne amphibious assault ships are designed with the shallowest possible draft to manoeuvre in littoral waters and ports and can deploy an embarked force of over 1,000 personnel and their equipment, landing ashore via landing craft or helicopters. In addition to two operating theatres, the LHDs have an eight bed Critical Care Unit, resuscitation, and a variety of wards, pathology, radiology, x-ray, pharmacy and dental facilities.

Members of the ship's company of HMAS Adelaide (L01) raise the Australian White Ensign up the ship's mast for the first time, during the Landing Helicopter Dock's Commissioning ceremony
Members of the ship’s company of HMAS Adelaide (L01) raise the Australian White Ensign up the ship’s mast for the first time, during the Landing Helicopter Dock’s Commissioning ceremony

 

Characteristics

PLATFORM CHARACTERISTICS
Length Overall 757 feet/230.8 m
Length Waterline 680 feet/207.2 m
Beam 105 feet/32 m
Design Draft 23.5 feet/7.18 m
Full Load Displacement 27,831 tonnes
Crew and Embarked Forced Accommodation 1,403
MACHINERY
Propulsion 2 × Siemens 11,000 kW PODs
Bowthruster 2 × 1,500 kW Brunvoll/Siemens motors
Stabilisers 2 × Fincantieri
Generators 1 × 22,000 kW GE LM2500 Gas Turbine and 2 × 7,680 kW Diesel
Integrated Platform Management System Navantia – Sistemas
Fresh Water 6 × Reverse Osmosis Plants (each 25 tonnes/day)
Sewage 2 × Treatment Plants
PERFORMANCE
Maximum Speed 20+ knots/23+ mph/37+ km/h
Economic Speed 15 knots/17 mph/28 km/h
Maximum Range 9,250 NM/10,644 miles/17,131 km
Endurance 45+ days
CAPACITY
Flight Deck 51,128.57 feet²/4,750 m²
Dock (including ramp) 12,540 feet²/1,165 m²
Heavy Cargo Garage 12,270.86 feet²/1,410 m²
Light Cargo Garage 20,236 feet²/1,880 m²
Hangar 10,656.27 feet²/990 m²
Garages, Hangar and Well Dock 1,350 lane meter (2.9 m wide)
General Store Rooms 11,614.26 feet²/1,079 m²
Future Growth Margin 672 tonnes
HMAS Adelaide's Ship's Company marches out during their Commissioning ceremony, alongside Garden Island, Sydney
HMAS Adelaide’s Ship’s Company marches out during their Commissioning ceremony, alongside Garden Island, Sydney

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