Minister for Defence David Johnston said the second LHD (to be known as ‘HMAS Adelaide’ once commissioned) was transported from Spain to Australia by a Heavy Lift Ship, ‘Blue Marlin’.
Blue Marlin has taken eight weeks to travel the 10,000 nautical miles to Melbourne where it will undergo final fitting out.
“This is a significant milestone, not just for the Royal Australian Navy but for defence industry here in Melbourne,” Senator Johnston said.
“When fitting out is complete, NUSHIP Adelaide and her sister ship NUSHIP Canberra will be the biggest warships ever built for the Navy. “Together, they will deliver a world-class amphibious capability to the Australian Defence Force which is second to none,” the Defence Minister said.