Fincantieri lays keel for Italian Navy LHD

The keel laying ceremony of the multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD or Landing Helicopter Dock) took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard on 20th of February 2018 in Castellammare di Stabia, marking the beginning of the slipway works of the unit.

Construction on the ship started with a steel cutting ceremony on July 12, 2017, and the delivery is expected for 2022.

The unit will be approx. 215 meters long with a maximum speed of 25 knots. It will be equipped with a combined propulsion system diesel/electric and gas turbines (CODLOG).

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According to Fincantieri Press Release; The vessel will have both military and civil profile.

The LHD’s main mission is the transport of people, vehicles and loads of different kinds and in their transfer on land in port areas through on board systems and in not equipped areas with on board staffing vessels (such as the LCM landing craft units with a load capacity up to 60 tons, four of which can be admitted, launched, and recovered through a flooded basin, located on the stern of the vessel).

The civil profile use provides:

  • healthcare and hospital support
  • transfer and landing of people and wheeled or crawled means of transport in equipped and non-equipped areas
  • supply of drinking water to land through onboard desalination plants or storages
  • supply of electricity to land with 2000 kw of power and its distribution through containerized conversion and distribution units
  • possibility of accommodating specialized staff on board or hosting up to 700 civilian personnel, plus the same number in containerized residential units
  • rescue operations base through helicopters and boar staffing vessels

On board there will be a fully equipped hospital, complete with operating rooms, radiology and analysis rooms, a dentist’s office, and a hospital rooms capable of hosting 28 seriously injured patients (further admissions are possible through duly equipped container modules).

The keel of the future LHD of Turkish Navy has been laid at Sedef Shipyard in İstanbul

The keel of the future Turkish Navy Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) has been laid at the Turkish shipyard of SEDEF (a member of TAIS Shipyards) in Tuzla, Istanbul on 8th February 2018.

The vessel named as TCG ANADOLU (Anatolia) by Turkish Navy.

It is designed by Navantia and based on the Spanish LHD Juan Carlos I and Australian Canberra-class landing helicopter docks.

Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) announced in December 2013 that it selected Sedef shipyard as winner of its LPD tender and that final contract negotiations with this shipyard could begin. The contract has been signed in 2015 and construction of the vessel has been started in 2016.

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Maximum speed: 21 knots
Range: 9,000 miles @ economical speed
Length overall: 231 meters
Maximum beam: 32 meters
Draught: 6.8 meters
Height: 58 meters

She will have a 5,440m² flight deck and a 990m² aviation hangar which can accommodate either 12 medium size helicopters or 8 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. (When the aviation hangar and the light cargo garage are unified, the ship can carry up to 25 medium size helicopters. Alternatively, the ship can carry up to 12 F-35B and 12 helicopters. Six more helicopters can be hosted on the flight deck of the ship) Additionally, the ship will have a 1,880m² light cargo garage for TEU containers and 27 Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV); a 1,165m² dock which can host four Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM) or two Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), or two Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP); and a 1,410m² garage for heavy loads, which can host 29 Main Battle Tanks (MBT), Amphibious Assault Vehicles and TEU containers. The ship’s crew will consist of 261 personnel: 30 officers, 49 NCOs, 59 leading seamen and 123 ratings.


Is Turkey a potential buyer for HMS Ocean, the Flagship of Royal Navy?

According to rumors on the web;

A written question in UK Parliament was asked about the Turkish Goverment interest to HMS Ocean.

The question is answered by Mr Tobias Ellwood on Nov 13, revealed that “The Ministry of Defence has received an expression of interest from the Government of Turkey about the potential sale of HMS OCEAN soon-to-be-decommissioned 

The helicopter carrier was constructed in the mid-1990s and commissioned in September 1998.

In November 2015, the MoD confirmed that HMS Ocean is to be decommissioned in 2018.


For a final deployment the vessel is now serving as flagship to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2)  in the Mediterranean.

The ship is designed to deliver troops to the centre of the action by helicopter or by landing craft.  The ship has six helicopter operating spots on her flight deck with space in the hangar to hold many more. HMS Ocean’s crew of 400 personnel includes Marines who operate four landing craft to take forces ashore. The 21,500 tonne amphibious assault ship has a top speed of 16 knots and a range in excess 8,000 miles.

Turkey is already building a landing helicopter dock which is based on the Spanish Navy’s (LHD) Juan Carlos I and designed by Navantia. The Turkish version of the ship will be named TCG Anadolu and planned to be delivered in 2021.


First steel on the ship, which will be registered as a light aircraft carrier by the Turkish Lloyd, was cut in May 2016, while delivery is scheduled for 2021.

South Korea has announced the construction of a second DOKDO Class LHD

The South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced the construction start of a second Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship. The keel-laying ceremony was held at Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. in Busan, according to DAPA. The first Dokdo-class ship, ROKS Dokdo, was commissioned in 2007. Named ROKS Marado, the second vessel is expected to be commissioned in 2020.

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