Amphibious Assault Ship sailors qualify on new landing craft in Spain

This article has a video attachmentPublished on LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), Department of Defence (videographer)

Location(s): Cadiz, Spain

Topic(s): HMAS Canberra (L02)

Fifteen Navy personnel completed a seven week course in Cadiz, Spain to learn how to drive and operate the Navy’s new Landing Craft Mechanical 1E (LCM1E). (photo: N/A)
Fifteen Navy personnel completed a seven week course in Cadiz, Spain to learn how to drive and operate the Navy’s new Landing Craft Mechanical 1E (LCM1E).

Fifteen Navy personnel completed a seven week course late last year to learn how to drive and operate the Navy’s new Landing Craft Mechanical 1E (LCM1E). This video provides a glimpse of the training the team undertook.

The Spanish Armada LCM1E School, based in Cadiz, ran the course for 11 members of NUSHIP Canberra along with external agency translators and future Australian Navy LCM1E Instructors.

The Navy’s two new Amphibious Assault Ships (LHD) also known as Landing Helicopter Docks, of which Canberra will be the first, will each carry four LCM1Es which can be used to carry troops, equipment and supplies from ship to shore, or shore to ship. These landing craft can drive up on to the beach or shore, which is particularly useful in areas that are inaccessible by other means.

A mix of Canberra Boatswains Mates and Marine Technicians attended the course, along with Canberra’s Dock Officer. The Boatswains Mates became qualified coxswains while the Marine Technicians learnt how to maintain the craft.