dimecres, 14 de desembre de 2011

HMAS CHOULES COMMISSIONED*



The Royal Australian Navy now has enhanced amphibious warfare capability with the commissioning in Fremantle today of Australia’s newest warship, the Bay Class Landing Ship HMAS Choules

Choules, a former Royal Fleet Auxiliary which served the Royal Navy under the name Largs Bay, was renamed after Chief Petty Officer Claude Choules, Australia’s last surviving World War I veteran. Mr. Choules passed away in his home city of Perth in May 2011, aged 110. 

HMAS Choules is now at the forefront of a new generation of amphibious capability for Navy in the period leading up to the arrival of the Landing Helicopter Dock ships in 2014. 

The ship has been proven as a robust amphibious capability, having provided humanitarian relief as a part of the international response to the Haiti earthquake last year.

The 176 metre long vessel has a crew of 158 officers and sailors, and can accommodate two large helicopters, 150 light trucks and 350 troops. She also carries two mexeflotes, which are powerful landing raft designed to move goods and vehicles between the ship and the shore. 

Following her commissioning in Western Australia, HMAS Choules will transit to the east coast to her home port at Fleet Base East in Sydney on 21 December. 

Imagery of the HMAS Choules commissioning ceremony is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library. 

* Notícia publicada al web oficial de la Royal Austalian Navy. L'increment de les capacitats de projecció de força d'aquest Estat és quelcom que cal tenir molt present de cara als equilibris de poder a l'Àsia i el Pacífic.

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