HMAS Adelaide enters Hobart, Tasmania

An Army CH47F Chinook conducts deck landing practices onboard HMAS Adelaide, as part of first of class flight trials. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

HMAS Adelaide, the Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock fleet arrived in Tasmania’s maritime capital city Hobart on August 19, 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 December 4, 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. 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.

The presence of Adelaide will be unmistakable in the port of Hobart. At 230 meters long, and more than 30 meters 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.

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

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