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"BAY" landing ships-docks (LARGS BAY) (2006 - 2007)


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Cardigan Bay 2007 Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Largs Bay L3006   Swan Hunter, Wallsend 28/1/2002 18/7/2003 28/11/2006 stricken 3/2011, to Australia (Choules)
Lyme Bay L3007   Swan Hunter, Wallsend 22/11/2002 3/9/2005 26/11/2007 in service (2019)
Mounts Bay L3008 303 BAE, Govan 25/8/2002 9/4/2004 15/9/2006 in service (2019)
Cardigan Bay L3009 324 BAE, Govan 13/10/2003 8/4/2005 18/12/2006 in service (2019)


Technical data


Displacement standard, t10000
Displacement full, t16160
Length, m168.0 pp 176.6 oa
Breadth, m26.4
Draught, m5.80 max
No of shafts

2 azipods

Machinery

2 Wärtsilä-Vasa 12V26 diesel-generators + 2 Wärtsilä-Vasa 8L26 diesel-generators, 2 ABB electric motors

Power, h. p.

9000

Max speed, kts

18

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts)8000(15)
Armament

helicopter deck

Military load1 LCU Mk 10 or 2 LCVP Mk 5, 24 TEU containers or 36 Challenger 2 tanks or 150 light trucks, 200t cargo, 356troops
Electronic equipment2x navigation radars
Complement67


Standard scale images


<i>Lime Bay </i>2010
Lime Bay 2010


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<i>Cardigan Bay</i> 2007 <i>Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.</i>
Cardigan Bay 2007 Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.


Ship project history


Officially styled ALSL (alternative landing ship logistic) until 2002, when they were retyped "landing platform dock (auxiliary)". The design is based on that of Royal Schelde's Rotterdam-class LPD. Two new "landing ships logistic" (i.e., LST) were to be procured as a result of the 1998 Defence White Paper decisions to replace Sir Geraint and Sir Percivale, but the program was expanded to four ships in 2000, for a planned total cost of £300 million. All are operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Portions of the hull structure were subcontracted to a Dutch yard.

Have 1,200 lane-meters of vehicle accommodation internally and on the flight deck, and are able to transport 200t of combat cargo such as fuel, ammunition and stores. Two Mexiflote-powered pontoons are stowable on the hull sides. A large helicopter/vehicle/container deck is fitted but no helicopter hangar; have one large or two small helicopter landing spots, capable of landing Chinook helicopter or V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, there is 18t elevator. The ships are not capable of beaching. A stern docking well (31x9m) can hold one LCU Mk 10, though no landing craft are carried in davits. Employ azimuthal propellers and have no rudders. Two 30t vehicle and cargo-handling cranes are fitted amidships. Each ship can be armed with 2 Phalanx CIWS, 2 30mm DS-30B guns and 2 decoy RLs.

Modernizations


None.

Naval service


No significant events.

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.