The Australian Navy has acquired Largs Bay, the UK’s Bay Class amphibious ship, Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare have said.
Largs Bay is a landing ship dock (LSD) which was commissioned into UK Navy service in 2006, but was scrapped under the UK Government’s 2010 Defence Strategic Review.
The 176m-long and 16,000t ship can accommodate two large helicopters, around 150 light trucks and 350 troops.
The ship, acquired for £65m ($100m), is expected to be operational in early 2012 and will provide the Australian Navy with amphibious heavy lift capability.
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Teekay Shipping Australia has inspected the ship and found it in good condition from a technical point of view with no major defects.
The navy will conduct sea trials to confirm the material state of the ship before acquisition.