Shipping & Shipbuilding News - 17 March 2014 - The Brightest Maritime Daily

Navantia Ships Out Ships To Australia
State-owned Spanish shipbuilders landing craft shipment ...

The first four fast landing craft (LLC) for the Royal Australian Navy departed on 8th. March on board a cargo from Navantia's shipyard in Puerto Real. The cargo is expected to reach its destination around mid April.

The rest of the eight units are being built by Navantia in different stages of construction, and will be delivered in groups of four during the upcoming months.

The landing craft were sent out on the mv DIJSKGRACHT

The main characteristics of the ships are:

Length overall: 23.30 m.
Width: 6.40 m.
Depth: 2.80 m.
Propulsion: two 809 kW diesel engines, two waterjet propellers
Speed: in excess of 20 knots
Range: 190 miles at full load
Loading capability: Abrams vehicle, several Army vehicles, fusiliers’ company or 20 feet container truck.

The contract for the construction of the series of 12 LLC was signed in September 2011. The landing craft are destined to operate with the ALHD “Canberra” and ALHD “Adelaide”, strategic projection ships, similar to LHD ”Juan Carlos I”, also built by Navantia in cooperation with BAE Systems.

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