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At 27,800 tonnes, HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide are much smaller than something like a fleet aircraft carrier, but they still represent the largest ships, the RAN has ever operated (our last aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne was only about 16,000 tonnes). They represent a significant change in RAN doctrine from that of the last thirty years or so.

While there are no plans to currently exploit it, the retention of the ski jump in the design, means they do have the potential to function as small aircraft carriers in the future, pending a suitable aircraft actually becoming available. That's a capability, I'd love to see us get back - I started my naval career hoping to work on carriers and watched as a socialist government decided not to replace Melbourne abandoning even a limited power projection capability in favour of the idea that all a Navy should ever do is protect a nation's own shores, and meaning when we had to go to war (as we did in 1990, and again in 2001 and 2003) it was as a frigate Navy. At least the Canberra class send a message, that we intend to retain a blue-water navy, rather than accepting green-water status.

1 posted on 05/10/2013 9:25:11 AM PDT by naturalman1975
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Always loved A/Cs that could or actually have sent fighters off to blow the hell out of something. Same thing for America’s big battleships - Missouri, et al. (16” of pure pounder with all the ammunition right below)....


2 posted on 05/10/2013 9:34:37 AM PDT by Gaffer
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Nice. Too bad HMAS (Her Majesty's Australian Ship) sounds so much like Hamas.

3 posted on 05/10/2013 9:37:04 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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The Aussies are limited to building what the Chinese will allow them.


5 posted on 05/10/2013 9:41:16 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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What about HMAS Australia?

22,130 Tonnes, 179.8 meters long, 24.4 meters wide, 8 12x45 guns.

OK, this new ship is bigger. But forgetting the RAN’s only battle cruiser?


6 posted on 05/10/2013 9:42:37 AM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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May God bless her and all those who sail upon her.


10 posted on 05/10/2013 9:49:32 AM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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From the article:

Being able to carry up to 1600 fully equipped combat troops (1000 comfortably)

Presumably, the uncomfortable lot would be the lower ranks.

11 posted on 05/10/2013 9:52:07 AM PDT by centurion316
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Nothing against the modern Canberra, but THIS Canberra was one gorgeous cruiser.


12 posted on 05/10/2013 11:04:21 AM PDT by Jacquerie (How few were left who had seen the republic! - Tacitus, The Annals)
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It's nice to see the Canberra name carried on by such an impressive ship.

The WWII Canberra was lost in the Battle of Savo Island and is one of the many ships at the bottom of Ironbottom Sound.

The US Navy named one of its cruisers Canberra, the only Navy ship ever named for a foreign ship or capital.

13 posted on 05/10/2013 12:17:41 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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Don’t see how surface ships have a chance now.


14 posted on 05/10/2013 12:56:32 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Plan "B" is now Plan "A")
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It’s nice to see the good guys building ships too. I fear that they may be needed sooner rather than later.


19 posted on 05/10/2013 4:43:20 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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I've known Jonathan Sadleir since he came out here from the RCN and I've done a lot of work with him in his previous posting. A very driven and focused officer, this posting will test him like no other. If he does well driving Canberra he'll pick up his first star (potentially as COMFLOT or COMWAR depending on the posting cycles).
21 posted on 05/11/2013 8:15:53 PM PDT by Dundee (They gave up all their tomorrows for our today's.)
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Spanish LHD, SPS Juan Carlos I, alongside the Spanish Carrier, SPS Principe de Asturias. The RAN’s LHD is based on the SPS Juan Carlos I.

HMAS Canberra

24 posted on 05/13/2013 5:42:55 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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