The Royal Australian Navy has received today from the Commonwealth of Australia, the HMAS Adelaide, second of the ships built by Navantia and based on the Spanish Navy LHD “Juan Carlos I”. Together with the HMAS Canberra, commissioned in November 2014, this ship provides new capabilities to the RAN, in the force projection as well as in the support to allies and neighboring countries in humanitarian missions.
This milestone, that took place in Sydney, was represented by Navantia, including the President, José Manuel Revuelta and part of the responsible team for activities prior to the commissioning. The President highlighted the importance of this moment for Navantia and the strong laces with the Australian defense industries and other organizations. The event was also attended by the Ambassador for Spain, Manuel Cacho, and the Director of Navantia Australia, Francisco Barón.
The ship, contracted in 2007, was 85% built in Navantia Ferrol shipyards, and completed in Australia by BAE Systems. She was transported to Australia in December 2013 and accepted by the Commonwealth of Australia, last 22nd. October.
The construction of these ships has permitted Navantia to be part of the specialized market of this type of ships, which design has also recently been selected by the Turkish Navy, and another milestone of collaboration between Navantia and the Australian Government.