Amphibious ship opens up to South Australians

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ben Robinson (author), POIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

Location(s): Adelaide,SA

Crowds take in the view from the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide during the ship's open day in Adelaide. (photo: POIS Paul McCallum)
Crowds take in the view from the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide during the ship's open day in Adelaide.

HMAS Adelaide, the second of two Canberra class amphibious ships and the largest ever built for the Royal Australian Navy has opened her doors to the Adelaide public for the very first time. 
Commissioned in December 2015, Adelaide, also known as a Landing Helicopter Dock, provides one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world.
Commanding Officer, Captain Paul Mandziy said the arrival of his ship into her namesake city for was a proud moment for the ship’s company.
“We have worked hard since commissioning her last year, so our visit to Adelaide seemed like a great opportunity to show the public her capabilities,” Captain Mandziy said.
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. The ship is widely considered to be a game-changer in the Australian Defence Force, marking a shift to expeditionary warfare.
The ship 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.
HMAS Adelaide’s visit also included being granted Freedom of Entry to the city, where the ship’s company were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, The Right Honourable Mr Mayor Martin Haese.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to showcase the ship’s personnel and equipment and meet the community in which we carry our name with so much pride,” Captain Mandziy said.
“I would also like to thank Adelaide residents for their very generous welcome and hospitality over the past week and look forward to our next visit.”