HMAS Canberra embarks AAVs
The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Canberra, a Canberra-class landing helicopter dock ship, has embarked four US Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) off the coast of Hawaii, it was announced on 25 July.
The embarkation was conducted as an under way recovery during the sea phase of Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016, as part of interoperability trials with the amphibious transport dock, USS San Diego. As part of the exercise, the AAVs were required to ‘swim’ the length of HMAS Canberra’s deeper well dock.
Carrying out what is called an ‘administrative swim’ evolution, vehicles successfully navigated Canberra’s 7.6m wide lanes without touching the sides, proving that HMAS Canberra has the capability to receive and launch the AAVs.
USMC officials said that the success of the exercise means that the USMC can use a combined Australian and US landing force in the future.
The AAVs are designed to transport troops to the beach keeping them protected during landing operations.
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