Amphibious ships pass preliminary design reviews


BAE Systems has successfully completed the Whole of Ship Preliminary Design Review phase of the project to build Australia‘s two largest ever warships.

The completion of this phase marks another important milestone in the construction of Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide, BAE Systems said in a statement issued in Melbourne.

Merv Davis, Director, Maritime Business Unit, said that the Whole of Ship Preliminary Design Review examined major subsystems of the LHD ships – including communications, navigation, combat systems, support system and platform system.

Davis added that by passing these technical reviews, BAE Systems was able to successfully demonstrate to the Royal Australian Navy and the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) that it was ready to proceed to the detailed design phase of the LHD program.
“These passes are the result of hard work and dedication from the Maritime engineering teams and are further proof of the quality technical and engineering skills resident within our company.
“All of our teams are now working to prepare for the detailed design reviews that will occur later in 2009,” Davis said.