18/09/2013 Military parity
September 16th the company Navantia launched the first landing craft of the 12 ordered by the Royal Australian Navy. The construction of these boats is based on the platform of construction Navantia for the Spanish Navy and commissioned in 2006-08 (such as LCM-1E ), according to a company press release.
According to the contract signed in December 2011, the construction of boats will be conducted in the Navantia shipyard in the Gulf of Cadiz and take 350,000 hours of work.
Landing craft are designed for dealing with the “ships of strategic power projection» ALHD “Canberra” and ALHD “Adelaide”, similar LHD “Juan Carlos I” and also built by Navantia. Commissioning of the first four units is scheduled for April 2014.