The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) fleet of two Canberra-class amphibious assault ships has achieved final operational capability.
In a 12 November statement announcing the milestone, Australia's Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds described the class as one that is now ready to be deployed on amphibious operations, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and amphibious warfare missions.
"The Australian Defence Force's [ADF's] amphibious capability is an integral part of Australia's strategic posture and this milestone is another step in [the] navy's roadmap to delivering amphibious excellence," said the minister.
The Canberra-class ships, HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide , each has an overall length of 230 m and displace about 27,500 tonnes at full load.
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