The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) second landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship, Nuship Adelaide, has successfully completed second and final sea trials in Port Phillip Bay.
The 27,800t vessel will now return to BAE Systems’ Williamstown shipyard to be prepared for delivery to the Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) and the RAN.
BAE Systems Australia Maritime director Bill Saltzer said: "As prime contractor for LHD In Service Support, our team of experienced engineers, technicians and logisticians in both Sydney and Williamstown will continue to be the key partner to the CASG and RAN in managing the availability of these two ships at Garden Island, Sydney.
"Our LHD team is now focused on the final elements of work in preparing NUSHIP Adelaide for delivery. Some of the team members on the LHD build programme will then transition to the support services group."
During the ten-day trials, the vessel completed testing of its combat and communications systems, while sailing from Williamstown to Jervis Bay, NSW, and the return voyage.
The RAN received the first of two LHD vessels, Nuship Canberra, in October last year.
The 27,000t warships are claimed to be the largest vessels ever built for the RAN. The vessels offer a maximum cruise speed of more than 20k and a 9,000nm range.
Capable of carrying 1,000 crew members, the 757ft-long LHD vessels can also accommodate helicopters and water craft, together with their weapons, ammunition, vehicles, and stores.
BAE Systems Australia trained 700 crew members serving both Nuship Adelaide and HMAS Canberra at its training facility at Mascot, Sydney.
Image: The Royal Navy’s second landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship, Nuship Adelaide, is expected to be delivered next month. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.