The ABC reports that the gargantuan HMAS Canberra has been launched and christened in Ferrol (spain).
Wikipedia has all the details on what these beasts can carry and do when it enters service in 2014.
Pictured is the first ship built to this design, the Juan Carlos I.
You might note that despite Admiral Crane’s protestations, that it’s not an aircraft carrier, the Juan Carlos I does indeed carry fast jets.
It’s a big day for Australia, and it’s bearing our name.
[Photo courtesy Military-Today]
UPDATE: The glorious magic of YouTube has provided video of the launch, taken by raulvmwx:
And here’s the view from the other side thanks to Baldmir78:
UPDATE: The Defence media release indicates a bottle of Canberra region wine was used for the christening.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Apparently it was a bottle of Lerida Estate according to NineMSN.
One Last Update For The Road: The RAN’s official video has gone up a week late: