01/10/2016: The second Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD) built for the Royal Australian Navy was commissioned into service as HMAS Adelaide (III) at Garden Island, Sydney on the 4th December 2015.
The capable air-land-sea amphibious system was commissioned in a time honoured ceremony attended by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC RAN. Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Paul Mandziy, CSC, RAN “marched on” his Ship’s Company of 375 ADF personnel during the ceremony.
The 230 meter long LHDs are the largest ships ever built for the Australian Navy.
The 27,000 ton amphibious assault ships are designed with the shallowest possible draft and can deploy an embarked force of over 1,000 personnel and their equipment, landing ashore via landing craft or helicopters.
Adelaide’s Primary Care and Resuscitation Facility includes two operating theatres, an eight bed Critical Care Unit, resuscitation area, pharmacy, pathology, radiology, x-ray, and dental facilities.
Credit: Australian Ministry of Defence:12/7/15