HMAS Adelaide (L01) is the second of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) warships being readied for service with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The problem with Turkey’s F-35 participation lies in … The vessel is part of the new Canberra-class LHD group that includes lead ship HMAS Canberra (L02) which was commissioned in November of 2014. With a number of Australia’s allies investing in the short take-off, vertical landing ‘B’ variant of the F-35 and Australian leaders and policy thinkers still on the fence about a return of fixed-wing naval aviation for the Royal Australian Navy, does closer collaboration, including active ‘cross-decking’, provide an opportunity for Australia to dip its toes in the water? HMAS Adelaide (FFG 01) was the lead ship of the Adelaide class of guided missile frigates built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), based on the United States Navy's Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates. She was built in the United States and commissioned into the RAN in 1980. Australia has dropped plans to operate Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) fighter aircraft for its Landing helicopter Ship (LHD) HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide. Today marks the beginning of a new era onboard HMAS Adelaide as CAPT Stu Watters has assumed command from CAPT Jonathon Ley. A MRH-90 Taipan helicopter delivers visitors from the Timor Leste government to HMAS Adelaide in Dili Harbour, as Navy and Army landing crafts depart to deploy a mobile hospital to Dili, Timor Leste, part of a Joint Task Group 661.1 response to a multi-national Humanitarian Assistance and … ... HMAS Canberra and her sister ship HMAS Adelaide (pictured) are each 757 feet long and displace 27,830 tons when fully loaded. HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Seven more Lockheed Martin fifth-generation Lightning II F-35A Joint Strike Fighters arrived at a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base this month, bringing the total number of … The F-35's peers are newer planes like the Eurofighter Typhoon, which doesn't have the F-35's stealth but is at the leading edge of sensor fusion. Hellyer also suggests buying a third ship from which to base this squadron. READ THIS: What It's Like to Fly the F-35. The answer might be to buy an additional squadron of the F-35B, he says, a jump-jet variant that can operate from amphibious ships such as HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide. HMAS Adelaide has a ski ramp, but no F-35Bs. Adelaide is expected to follow sometime in 2016. Picture: Defence Source:Supplied Like Australia’s new Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) … The aircraft underwent deck landing qualification on HMAS Adelaide (L 01), the RAN’s second Canberra-class vessel, as part of Exercise ‘Sea Wader 2020’, which took place off the coast of Queensland, Australia.