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Impressive pictures of the NUSHIP Canberra, Australia’s massive new warship
news.com.au ^ | 10th April 2014 | Sam Clench

Posted on 04/09/2014 10:07:45 PM PDT by naturalman1975

THIS ship is absolutely gigantic. It’s easily the biggest warship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy.

It’s a Landing Helicopter Dock called the NUSHIP Canberra, and it weighs 27,800 tonnes.

The ship will be officially commissioned by the navy later this year. It’s currently being tested by BAE systems, the company that built it, along with some members of the new crew.

The massive vessel is designed to transport and deploy troops and equipment around the world. The navy says it will be used for both military and humanitarian missions.

So, how is anyone supposed to describe the sheer size of this thing? We could reel off a long list of impressive numbers.

(Excerpt) Read more at heraldsun.com.au ...


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Yes, I know - words like 'massive' and 'gigantic' and articles about 'the sheer size of this thing' are overstating it. It's still only about half the tonnage of the new British aircraft carriers, and not even a third of the tonnage of the largest US carriers. That doesn't stop it being the largest warship Australia has ever had - one and a half times the size our last aircraft carrier was.

I joined the RAN hoping to make a career on carriers (I knew I'd have to go where they wanted me, but the carrier had the mystique for me). I looked on in disappointment and horror as the socialist government of the mid 1980s decided that we really didn't need any sort of carrier capability. HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide (as they will be when commissioned) are, at least, heading us back in the right direction. Officially there are no plans to operate them as small carriers, instead they will carry helicopters - but the ski jump wasn't retained just because it looked good. Options are being kept open and if and when the F35B or perhaps some other genuinely available option appears, I hope there will, at least, be some thinking going on about capability.

If nothing else, they do both increase our capability to carry out operations on a grander scale than we have for a while - East Timor would have been much less fraught with decks like these, even if all they were flying were helicopters, and one of them would be invaluable just as the moment in the Indian Ocean search area.

1 posted on 04/09/2014 10:07:45 PM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

The captain has an American or Canadian accent. Is that common?


2 posted on 04/09/2014 10:13:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: naturalman1975

Keel seems a bit shallow for deepwater storms...


3 posted on 04/09/2014 10:15:46 PM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: naturalman1975

Speaking of Australian ships,it would be incredible if the intense search of the ocean floor for the Malaysian jet were to turn up the wreck of the HMAS Sydney. May have been the single worst loss of life the Australians suffered in WWII.


4 posted on 04/09/2014 10:15:53 PM PDT by allendale
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We’re a nation of immigrants :)

The Australian Defence Force is quite happy to look for talent overseas and see if we can attract it here on occasion. People from other Commonwealth countries, especially (having the same Queen makes transfer of allegiance fairly easy). Captain Sadlier used to be a Canadian - served 12 years in the Canadian forces, before joining the RAN where he’s served even longer.


5 posted on 04/09/2014 10:19:12 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: allendale

Actually, we found HMAS Sydney a few years ago. She’s no longer lost.


6 posted on 04/09/2014 10:19:42 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

My bad


7 posted on 04/09/2014 10:22:50 PM PDT by allendale
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To: allendale
Details of the 2008 discovery of the wreck of HMAS Sydney.
8 posted on 04/09/2014 10:23:41 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: allendale
Speaking of Australian ships,it would be incredible if the intense search of the ocean floor for the Malaysian jet were to turn up the wreck of the HMAS Sydney.

The wreck of HMAS Sydney was found in March, 2008

9 posted on 04/09/2014 10:26:11 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: okie01

Stand corrected.


10 posted on 04/09/2014 10:30:40 PM PDT by allendale
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To: naturalman1975; All

It’s nice to know we will have help in the heavy lifting in South Asia.


11 posted on 04/09/2014 10:31:09 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: naturalman1975

Fair winds and following seas, Friend.


12 posted on 04/09/2014 10:43:16 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: naturalman1975

Nice boat...


13 posted on 04/09/2014 10:46:05 PM PDT by Iscool (Ya mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailer park...)
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To: naturalman1975

Looks like a Modified RO/RO..

And we all know how stable those are. I assume they have accounted for that?


14 posted on 04/09/2014 10:48:20 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My guess, offhand is Canadian. Australia is still part of the Commonwealth.


15 posted on 04/09/2014 10:49:48 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: tcrlaf

It’s closely based off a Spanish design which has been in service for nearly a decade. It seems to work.


16 posted on 04/09/2014 10:59:33 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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It looks like a pretty defenseless warship. Looks more like a freighter than a fighter.


17 posted on 04/09/2014 11:03:34 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: allendale
It's still a great naval story...the Sydney and the Kormoran stumbling across each other in the vast Indian Ocean, then standing toe-to-toe and slugging it out.

Until, eventually, both limped away...mortally wounded.

Both crews -- and their ships -- are due honors.

18 posted on 04/09/2014 11:06:19 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: naturalman1975
"... Yes, I know - words like 'massive' and 'gigantic' and articles about 'the sheer size of this thing' are overstating it. It's still only about half the tonnage of the new British aircraft carriers, and not even a third of the tonnage of the largest US carriers."

That's a fearsome first world naval weapons system that can lay waste to any nearby nations taking a poke at Australia.

Helicopter/amphibious assault ship, my foot. It's capable of launching and retrieving STOL strike aircraft like the F35B while the Marines in helos and AMTRACs go ashore.

19 posted on 04/10/2014 12:14:15 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: The KG9 Kid; naturalman1975

Well put. The SkyJump was a big clue, strangely left out in the story.


20 posted on 04/10/2014 1:45:03 AM PDT by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: P-Marlowe

She’ll have at least minimal teeth:

Electronic warfare
& decoys: AN/SLQ-25 Nixie towed torpedo decoy
Nulka missile decoy

ITT Exelis ES-3701 ESM system [2]

Armament: 4 x Rafael Typhoon 25 mm remote weapons systems 6 x 12.7 mm machine guns

And I’d be surprised if their choppers won’t have torpedo capability.

The interview was for civilian consumption. Mustn’t speak of weapons on a warship. Somebody’s panties might get bunched.


21 posted on 04/10/2014 8:32:10 AM PDT by afsnco
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To: naturalman1975


22 posted on 04/10/2014 8:56:56 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: afsnco; P-Marlowe

She’ll also have escorts - the new (Aegis-equipped) Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers, once they enter service, the ANZAC and (upgraded) Adelaide class Frigates until then.


23 posted on 04/10/2014 4:12:52 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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