Propulsion problems for the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Adelaide

The Australian Defence Force officials have confirmed they are investigating issues with HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide‘s propulsion systems.

Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said, “Our aim is to resolve it early in the piece of this ship’s life so that we can actually have the expected 25-30 year life of the ships”.

The two 27’000 ton ships are part of the Australian Navy’s Canberra-class Landing Helicopter (LHD) ships that entered service in the last few years. Build by BAE Systems and Navantia and commissioned on January 10, 2009, the HMAS Adelaide is commanded by Captain Paul Mandziy

HMAS Adelaide commanding officer

HMAS Adelaide commanding officer, Captain Paul Mandziy

Their propulsion system includes two Siemens POD azimuth units, two diesel generators and a gas generator according to the Australian Navy.

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