No F-35Bs for RAN LHDs – report

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A proposal to operate the STOVL F-35B variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter off the RAN's new LHD amphibious assault ships has been dropped, according to a report in the Australian Financial Review. Prime Minister Tony Abbott had asked Defence to evaluate operating F-35Bs from the LHDs as part of the … [Read more...]

Second RAN LHD begins sea trials

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The second LHD amphibious ship for the RAN, NUSHIP Adelaide, has arrived in Sydney after departing BAE Systems' Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne to begin sea trials on June 17. Adelaide arrived in Sydney on Friday and is due to be dry-docked so that its hull and flightdeck can be cleaned and painted. The … [Read more...]