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First Australian pilot for RAAF’s new Poseidon aircraft takes flight
15 April 2015 | Media Release
The introduction of Australia’s new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft moved a step closer today when Flight Lieutenant James Pears became the first Australian pilot to fly the P‑8A Poseidon at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, United States this morning AEST [afternoon of Tuesday 14 April US EDT].
So essentially, the Government is looking at a continual naval shipbuilding program (finally!), and are looking in to the size and structure of the surface fleet. Most of what they are going on is from a RAND report on SEA5000 released a few months ago.
What comes out of the next Defence White Paper will be extremely important for the RAN and the ship building industry. As it is, the "valley of death" can not be avoided due to incompetence from the previous Rudd and Gillard governments, but hopefully its impact can be mitigated.
**[And sorry for multiple posts but this forum apparently only allows 15 images per post so have to split it across several]
I recently had the chance attend a public open day for HMAS Canberra while it was in Hobart for ANZAC day celebrations.
The Canberra is the first of two new 27k tonne LHDs for the Australian navy which constitute a significant push to revitalise Australia’s amphibious capabilities and allowing the ADF to better interface with the USMC.
I’ve closely (excitedly) watched these ships progress from the hull construction in Spain, their transport to Australia and their final fitting out and addition of the island/bridge in Williamstown. Every visit to Melbourne for the last couple of years I swung by Williamstown to see how they were progressing. On my second last visit, purely by chance, I happened to be there on the shore shortly after she left the pier and started cruising around Port Phillip Bay to commence sea trials.
Now, with her visit to Hobart, I was afforded a rare chance to get on board and take some pictures.
The tour started in the centre starboard deck which is sandwiched above the heavy vehicle/dock area and below the hanger/light vehicle deck. It has a very impressive hospital occupying the aft end (seriously, as good as the nicer hospitals on land) which we walked through and then popped up some stairs to emerge on the stern open area where the hanger opens up on to with the main aircraft elevator. Proceeded through the hangar/light vehicle area and moved up to the fore area adjacent to the ski jump and up again to the flight deck proper. Across the flight deck to the tower and back down to the middle deck but towards the bow, this time through fantastically equipped mess halls, gyms, entertainment areas and lots of bunking cabins. At the end we descended to the foremost part of the heavy vehicle deck, to the rear of which was the dock.
The above is the order the pictures appear in [strike]and here is a diagram to illustrate:[/strike]