The second of the LHD ampbibious assault ships, NUSHIP Adelaide, has started its final period of sea trials in preparation for delivery.
BAE Systems, the prime contractor for the Canberra class ships, stated that NUSHIP Adelaide would be leaving the Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne and heading up the coast of New South Wales to the Jervis Bay area.
About 200 employees of BAE Systems, equipment and systems subcontractors, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) crew members and personnel from the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) will be on board to support the trials, which are expected to span ten days.
“Pivotal to this period of sea trials will be testing of the ship’s combat and communications systems in a range of scenarios to validate the systems’ capabilities,” the company stated. “When she returns from sea trials, NUSHIP Adelaide will be prepared for delivery.
“The RAN will have the opportunity to perform various routine alongside exercises as it continues to build its capability for crewing the vessel, while the ship compartments and systems are progressively handed over to the NUSHIP Adelaide crew.”