The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Canberra-class landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Canberra (L02) has successfully received the US Navy’s landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) within its internal well dock for the first time.
The operation was conducted as a part of the ongoing Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise being held off the coast of Hawaii.
The event was followed by successfully recovery-and-launch of four US Marine Corps’s (USMC) amphibious assault vehicles (AAV).
HMAS Canberra boat group commander lieutenant Sandy Jardine said that the recovery further marks the first step in conducting collaborative operations with US amphibious assets in future.
Jardine said: “The AAV will bring protected mobility across the water for our soldiers, while the LCAC gives us over the horizon reach at more than 40k.”
The LCAC was guided into HMAS Canberra by RAN petty officer Bosun Michael Hammond.
Jardine added: “For LCAC recovery, we needed to ensure the well dock stayed dry and at the correct angle.
“We achieved that by adjusting the trim of the ship, and bringing the ship up to a higher speed.
“Americans and Australians have always had a good working relationship, and to be able to experience this on board HMAS Canberra has been a very rewarding experience.”
Image: The US Navy’s LCAC enters into HMAS Canberra. Photo: courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.