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Keel goes down for the transforming HMAS Canberra

By johnboy - 3 October 2009 23

The Geelong Advertiser is advising readers as to the best spots to see the old HMAS Canberra go down tomorrow as she’s converted into a dive reef.

So perhaps it’s appropriate that the Spanish mega ship builder Navantia last week announced that the first sections of keel have been laid down for the new HMAS Canberra.


(Image: the Juan Carlos I)

Impressive enough for it’s ability to sink down into the water and convert itself into a floating harbour I was also struck by the wiki entry for the first ship of this design, the Spanish Juan Carlos I. Of particular note:

She can carry up to 30 aircraft in the aircraft carrier mode, using the light vehicles bay as additional storage zones.

“Aircraft carrier mode”? A handy thing to have.

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Maxxiz 1:39 am 08 Oct 09

Yeah. But if it were to be utilised it would not be for a long time.. as there is no remote plans to use it yet. And what i said, The ski-jump is staying, as the time, effort and money involved with re-designing it isn’t worth it to get it off. is exactly what the p/ manager said, im not just assuming that. Hence why I say thre is no even remote plans to utilise it.

Ari 10:59 pm 06 Oct 09

Maxxiz said :

The ski-jump is staying, as the time, effort and money involved with re-designing it isnt worth it to get it off.

So we’ll “accidentally” be left with an extremely useful potential capability?

No, it’s not worth the additional cost to remove it. 😉

Maxxiz 8:19 pm 05 Oct 09

Oh and this ship has already been in production for a while.. Cant remember exact dates…

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