Navantia will build 12 units for the ALHD Canberra and the ALHD Adelaide.

Navantia has celebrated last October the cut of steel of the first LCM-1E high speed landing craft, of a series of 12 that Navantia will build for the Royal Australian Navy, to be operating on board the ALHD Canberra and ALHD Adelaide
These units are identical to the LCM-1E high speed landing crafts built by Navantia and in service with the Spanish Navy since 2007 and 2008.
Each LCM-1E weights 110 tonnes. The first four will arrive in 2014, when the first of the new ALHDs becomes operational.

The main characteristics are:

  • Length overall: 23.30m
  • Floatation length: 21.27m
  • Width: 6.40m
  • Depth: 2.80m
  • Propulsion: two 809kW diesel engines, two waterjerts propellers.
  • Speed: > 20 knots
  • Autonomy: 190 miles at full load