This project will acquire 12 new watercraft to operate with the two Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships. The watercraft (LHD Landing Craft) will provide an organic ship to shore connection in support of Defence’s amphibious capability. The LHD Landing Craft will interface and operate with the LHD ships and enable transport of personnel and equipment between the LHD ships and the shore, including where there are no fixed port facilities or prepared landing facilities.
During 2013-14, this project will receive and accept the first batch of four LHD Landing Craft from Navantia and once in Australia will install the communication, navigation and weapon systems.
The key risk to this project is integration of communications systems.