At 5:43pm, Navantia launched at its Ferrol facilities, the second amphibious ship for the Royal Australian Navy. The ship’s launching lady, Maureen Banks, as well as the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs, together with representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, BAE Systems, SEPI and Navantia, attended the event.
Construction of the “Adelaide” started with the steel cutting ceremony on 2 February 2010, followed by the keel laying on 18 February 2011.
The launch takes place four-and-half months earlier than the planned date. This early launch provides additional time, until early 2014, to complete the outfitting and testing of the ship, when the hull will be transported to Australia for completion and delivery by BAE Systems Australia, in Williamstown.
The “Adelaide” is the second of the two amphibious ships contracted on 23 November 2007 by the Commonwealth of Australia, in Melbourne. The amphibious ships will be delivered by BAE Systems to the Commonwealth of Australia in 2014 and 2015.
The design of the Australian LHDs is based on the “Juan Carlos I”, delivered by Navantia to the Spanish Navy last year.
Navantia, the Spanish shipbuilder, is a world reference in the design, construction and integration of state-of-the-art war ships, including new generation submarines, as well as ship repairs and modernisations. It is also engaged in the design and manufacture of Combat Systems, Integrated Platform Management Systems, Fire Control Systems, Command and Control Systems, Propulsion Plants and through life support for all its products. Even though its main line of activity is in the naval field, Navantia designs and manufactures systems for the Army and the Air Force.