On 7th May, during IDEF 2015, the Defence exhibition in Istanbul, the Turkish shipyard SEDEF has signed a contract with the SSM for the design and construction of one Landing Platform Dock (LPD, also called Amphibious Transport Dock) ship for the Turkish Navy. Navantia participates in this contract as a technological partner.
Navantia will provide the design, transfer of technology, equipments and technical assistance to SEDEF for local construction. The design, based on the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) Juan Carlos I for the Spanish Navy, is adapted to the Turkish Navy requirements, having the advantage of being a tested ship with excellent performance since commissioning. Navantia will also provide several components and systems, as the engines and the IPMS (Integrated Platform Management System).
The selection of the design was announced on 27th December 2013 and the commissioning of the ship is scheduled for 2021.
Navantia has also a contract for two similar ships in Australia, the HMAS Canberra (L02), already commissioned and the HMAS Adelaide (L01), to be commissioned in the last quarter of 2015. Last, this contract means the entrance of Navantia in the Turkish market, where has opened an office in 2013 and is also involved in the anti-air frigates program, as well as the consolidation of Navantia as a reference in the LHD market.
Juan Carlos I (L61)
The Juan Carlos I is a single hull ship made of steel with the superstructure on the starboard side. Her design is based on a combination of military and commercial standards and specifications; the structure, equipment and materials follow Lloyd’s Register of Shipping’s civil standards, whilst her combat system, ordnance handling and stowage systems, systems of supply at sea, flight deck and the damage control system follow military standards.
|Length overall||231 m/758 feet|
|Maximum beam||32 m/105 feet|
|Draught at full load||7.1 m/23.3 feet|
|Height||58 m/190 feet|
|Flight deck height over water level||20 m/65.6 feet|
|Maximum displacement||26,000 tonnes|
|Maximum displacement in Amphibious Operation||30,000 tonnes|
|Maximum speed||21 knots/24 mph/39 km/h|
|Range at 15 knots/17 mph/28 km/h||9,000 NM/10,357 miles/16,668 km|
|Embarked or transport forces||883|
|Chiefs of Staff||103|
|Embarked Air Wing Unit||172|
|Naval Beach Group||23|