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. Read More
ASC’s facility in Adelaide, Australia. ASC Photo
Australian Defense Minister David Johnston is backing off Tuesday comments in which he said he didn’t trust state-owned shipbuilder ASC to “build a canoe,” according to local press reports. Read More
Australian Defense Minister David Johnston via Sydney Morning Herald
Australian Defense Minister David Johnston blasted state-owned shipbuilder ASC (formerly known as Australian Submarine Corporation) following reported cost overruns of the Royal Australian Navy’s new class of guided missile destroyers on Tuesday, according to local press reports.
“You wonder why I’m worried about ASC and wonder what they’re delivering the Australian taxpayer? You wonder why I wouldn’t trust them to build a canoe?,” Johnston said before the Australian Senate. Read More
The Asia-Pacific region recently has seen a rise in construction of multipurpose, aviation-capable ships by major area powers. Australia, China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand all have built ships with full-length flight decks with a variety of purposes: some as helicopter carriers, some as amphibious assault ships. Only one, China’s Liaoning, was built to accommodate traditional fixed-wing aircraft carrier operations, but many others, such as Japan’s Izumo-class of helicopter destroyers could conceivably carry some form of vertical or short takeoff-and-landing aircraft. Read More
The Huon class minehunter HMAS Gascoyne, anchored in Sydney Harbour following a ceremonial fleet entry
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has found four pieces of ordnance dropped by two U.S. AV-8B Harrier, according to a Friday statement from the Australian Defense Ministry. Read More
An AV-8B Harrier. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s 7th Fleet is taking the lead in the recovery of four bombs U.S. Marine fighters dropped near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Navy officials told USNI on Friday. Read More
HMAS Diamantina sails into Rabaul Harbour in Papua New Guinea in 2011. Royal Australian Navy Photo
A mine hunting ship will be deployed to find four bombs dropped by two U.S. Marine AV-8B Harriers last week in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia, according to local press reports published on Tuesday.
The vessel would either come from U.S. 7th Fleet’s homeport in Japan or Australia’s Fleet Base East in Sydney, according to the report. Read More