AMPHIBIOUS CLOSE AIR SUPPORT - Navy League of Australia

navyleague.org.au
  • No tags were found...

AMPHIBIOUS CLOSE AIR SUPPORT - Navy League of Australia

THE CANBERRA CLASS LHDs . . . CONTINUEDprovided by the current amphibious transports(LPA), HMA Ships KANIMBLA and MANOORA,ships that have proven versatility across awide range of situations. These vessels havedeployed to Iraq, acting as a sealift ship;command and control platform; a forwardbase for boarding operations (includingembarking foreign navy boarding teamsand boats); and provider of logistic supportto smaller vessels - many of these rolessimultaneously. The LPAs have also beendeployed to the Solomon Islands, East Timorand Fiji to lead the ADF response in potentialperiods of instability as well as participatingin humanitarian operations, including afterthe 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in South EastAsia. KANIMBLA hosted the Sea CombatCommander and his staff during RIMPAC2006, proving the ship’s ability to support acoalition command staff during warfightingexercises and operations. The inherentflexibility in ships of this type means that theyA recent image of the aft section of the new LHDCANBERRA being built in Spain. (Navantia)are extremely adaptable, and despite notbeing built for the RAN (they were purchasedsecond-hand from the United States Navyand were modified by Forgacs in Newcastle),KANIMBLA and MANOORA have become keycomponents of the RAN’s broad capability.The Canberra class will build significantly onthis already flexible and adaptable capability.As the 2007 Update to the Defence WhitePaper states, we must recognise that ourinterests must often be secured in placesdistant from Australia. Additionally, as anisland nation, any Australian major militaryactivity will need to be deployed across, andsupported from, the sea. This reality hasdriven the need for ADAS and the ability toproject land forces in support of Australia’snational interests, wherever they may be.Amphibious ships capitalise on all of theattributes of maritime forces, as articulatedin Australian Maritime Doctrine. Without theneed to negotiate basing and/or overflightrights with other countries, warships areoften the only choice available to governmentto respond to a developing situation and theLHDs will provide unique response options.They will carry a substantial quantity ofequipment, stores and personnel and willbe fully operational as they enter an area ofoperations. They do not need any externalsupport or approval to deploy and canphysically operate wherever there is enoughwater to float. The LHDs will be flexible andable to undertake a large range of tasks whileexploiting the attributes of Reach, Access,Flexibility, Poise and Persistence. One ofthe key roles of maritime forces is powerThe Spanish LHD JUAN CARLOS I (the same as the Canberras) setting out on sea trials. Initial contractor sea trialswere delayed by a fault in one of the diesel engines. A spokesman for Navantia said that connecting rods had beenreplaced, due to a manufacturing problem, and no further issues were anticipated. (Navantia)The Spanish LHD JUAN CARLOS I on her recent sea trials. Hersingle GE LM-2500 gas turbine, two MAN 32-40 diesel enginesand two Siemens Schottel podded propulsors were proven duringthe first week of trials in June, along with auxiliary items such asthe NBC washdown system. The stern dock was flooded to testthe ballasting sequence. (Navantia)06 THE NAVY VOL. 72 NO. 4

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines