26 Nov 2013|

All four blocks have been lifted onto the LHD01 hull at the BAE Systems Williamstown Dockyard.

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Consolidation of the Superstructure and the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) 01 Hull is well underway, All four blocks (811, 820, 830 and 841) have now been lifted onto the Hull. This is the first of two new amphibious ships that will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the coming years. The Canberra class vessels are 230.8 metres long overall, with a maximum beam of 32 metres, and a maximum draught of 7.18 metres. At full load, Canberra will displace 27,851 tonnes, making the new LHDs the largest ships to serve in the RAN. LHD01 to be known as ‘Canberra’ will be accepted into service in 2014, followed by her sister ship to be known as ‘Adelaide’ (LHD02) the year after.