The Canberra-class Amphibious Assault Ship gives the Australian Defence Force one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea deployment systems in the world.

These 27,000 tonne ships also known as a Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) are 230m long with 15 deck levels. They can land a force of over 1,000 personnel by helicopter and watercraft, along with all their weaponry, ammunition, vehicles and stores.

The ships’ purpose is to:

  • Embark, transport and disembark large forces along with their equipment and aviation units
  • Carry out and support humanitarian missions

The forum on the Amphibious Assault Ship will include visits to the:

  • Bridge and Communications deck
  • Combat systems
  • Flight deck
  • High-voltage power system
  • Well deck for loading/unloading
  • Machinery space


Sponsored By:

Forum Speaker

  • Captain Jonathan Earley – HMAS


Systems Engineering Society
Society for Defence Engineering
Electrical College


Tuesday 18 September
Depart ICC: 0720
Arrive back at ICC: 1330

Departure Location

ICC, Darling Harbour

Personal Protective Equipment 

  • Closed Soled Shoes (no ballet flats, heels or sandals permitted)
  • Long Trousers
  • Long Sleeved Top
  • Delegates must be able to walk up/down stairs and mobile, note there is no lift access onsite
  • Identification Required – Drivers License (required to be sited by the Defence to gain entry to Garden Island)

Any delegates whom do not have the above/or comply, will not be permitted to board the bus for the site visit.