Friday, August 22, 2014

Australian Jeep Carrier Sets Sail for Final Sea Trials

The first of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) two new Canberra-class landing helicopter docks (LHDs) has embarked on final contractor sea trials, officials announced on 19 August.

Lead ship Canberra set sail from BAE Systems' Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne on 12 August for trials in Port Phillip Bay and off the southern coast of New South Wales. The ship will return to Williamstown in late August, and is expected to enter service by year-end.

The final trials programme will demonstrate the combat and communication systems, some platform systems, as well as giving the crew the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the ship, the shipbuilder said.

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