Amphibious arrival in southern capital

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Adam Grover (author), LSIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Location(s): Hobart, Tasmania

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01), CH-47F Chinook

HMAS Adelaide sails towards Hobart, Tasmania, while conducting CH47F Chinook flying serials. (photo: POIS Paul McCallum)
HMAS Adelaide sails towards Hobart, Tasmania, while conducting CH47F Chinook flying serials.

HMAS Adelaide, one of the largest and most capable warships in the Royal Australian Navy fleet arrived in Tasmania’s maritime capital city Hobart on 19 August, for a five day visit.

The second of two Canberra class amphibious ships and the largest ever built for the Royal Australian Navy, was commissioned on 4 December 2015.

Adelaide
is in Hobart having recently undertaken successful crew training including flight trials for the Australian Army’s CH-47F Chinook Helicopter.

Commanding Officer Captain Paul Mandziy said he was delighted to be in Hobart, a city with a rich maritime history.

“It's a pleasure to showcase one of the most capable and sophisticated ships in the Royal Australian Navy,” he said.

“The service men and women in Adelaide have worked very hard since we commissioned in December last year and I am proud of their achievements and with the ship’s introduction to service.

“Tasmanians are wonderful hosts to Navy visits and the ship's company are looking forward to some well-earned rest after a concentrated period of training,” he said.

In addition to personal taking leave and enjoying all that the city of Hobart has to offer, members will be involved in a number of functions, a highlight will be the Adelaide’s rugby team playing a curtain raiser to the local completion semi-finals on 20 August.

Ten young Tasmanians will also have the unique opportunity to tour the ship and see first-hand the different jobs available to them in the Navy.

The Defence Force Recruiting candidates attending the tour are interested in a variety of roles, from Dental Officer, Boatswains Mate and Engineering Officer. They will meet the crew of Adelaide, see their preferred job in action and be able to ask the members about life on a ship.

The presence of Adelaide will be unmistakable in the port of Hobart. At 230 metres long, and more than 30 metres high, the 27,000 tonne warship can land a force of over 1,000 personnel by helicopter and water craft, along with weapons, ammunition, vehicles and stores.

“In addition to our amphibious role where we use our landing craft and helicopters, Adelaide is also well equipped for large scale humanitarian and disaster relief missions featuring two operating theatres, an eight bed Critical Care Unit, resuscitation, pathology, radiology, x-ray, pharmacy and dental facilities.”

At the completion of her port visit, Adelaide will recommence training in the waters off eastern Australia.