Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Largest Ever Australian Warship Enters Fleet

Largest Ever Australian Warship Enters Fleet

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Royal Australian Navy MH60R 'Romeo' Seahawk, flies past HMAS Canberra. RAN Photo

Royal Australian Navy MH60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk, flies past HMAS Canberra. RAN Photo

The first of two 27,000-ton amphibious warships was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on Friday, according to information from the service.

HMAS Canberra (L-02) entered the RAN fleet on Friday during a ceremony at the service’s Fleet Base East in Sydney.

Canberra and sister ship HMAS Adelaide will be the two largest ships in RAN history as part of about a $2.5 billion (USD) shipbuilding program.

The ship’s design is based on a Spanish amphibious assault ship Juan Carlo I and built and designed by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and BAE Systems Australia.

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The pair will be the first ships since the 1980s capable of operating short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) fighters, but the Australian government said it has no plans to by the STOVL variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

“HMAS Canberra is an exciting addition to the Royal Australian Navy. This very capable ship will serve the nation well for decades to come,” said RAN Chief of Navy Vice Adm. Tim Barrett on Friday during the commissioning ceremony.

The ships will be crewed by about 400 RAN sailors and can transport about 1,000 troops with four landing craft and eight helicopters in an amphibious configuration. The ships can field up to 18 helicopters in an aviation centric configuration.

Next ship in the class, Adelaide, is set to commission in 2016.

Opinion: Russian Show of Surface Force in Asia is Mostly Fizzle

Opinion: Russian Show of Surface Force in Asia is Mostly Fizzle

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Frigate Yaroslav Mudry in the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Frigate Yaroslav Mudry in the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

In the lead-up to the recently concluded G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot had a lot of tough words for Vladimir Putin.

Understandably outraged at the all-but-certain Russian involvement in the July downing of MH-17, a tragedy in which almost 40 Australian citizens were killed, Abbot repeatedly and publicly promised to aggressively confront Putin over his government’s role in fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine. Read More

France Again Suspends Mistral Delivery, Russia Pledges to Sue

France Again Suspends Mistral Delivery, Russia Pledges to Sue

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Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

The French government is suspending a deal to deliver two Mistral-class warships to the Russian Navy “until further notice” citing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, according to a Tuesday statement from the office of President François Hollande. Read More

U.K. Orders First Four Production F-35Bs

U.K. Orders First Four Production F-35Bs

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F-35 BF-17 from the F-35 Integrated Test Force in Formation with RAF Typhoons, Edwards AFB, Calif. April 4, 2014. DoD Photo

F-35 BF-17 from the F-35 Integrated Test Force in Formation with RAF Typhoons, Edwards AFB, Calif. April 4, 2014. DoD Photo

The U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD) has placed an order with Lockheed Martin for the first four production F-35B Lighting II fighters for the Royal Air Force with options for up to 14 aircraft, Lockheed announced on Monday morning. Read More

Russia and China to Hold 2015 Naval Exercises in Mediterranean, Pacific

Russia and China to Hold 2015 Naval Exercises in Mediterranean, Pacific

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Rear Adm. Du Xiping (front right), deputy commander of China's Beihai Fleet, shakes hands with Capt. 1st Rank Sergei Yuriyevich Zhuga of Russia's Pacific Fleet during a welcome ceremony at a naval base in Qingdao, in east China's Shandong Province, on April 21, 2012. Xinhua Photo

Rear Adm. Du Xiping (front right), deputy commander of China’s Beihai Fleet, shakes hands with Capt. 1st Rank Sergei Yuriyevich Zhuga of Russia’s Pacific Fleet during a welcome ceremony at a naval base in Qingdao, in east China’s Shandong Province, on April 21, 2012. Xinhua Photo

Russia and China have committed to a pair of 2015 naval exercises as a sign of growing military cooperation between the two countries, Russia’s minister of defense said this week. Read More