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Name: LARGS BAY
Type: Landing Ship Dock (auxiliary)
Keel: 28/01/2002
Launched: 18/07/2003
Completed: 04/2006
Builder: Swan Hunter (Tyneside) Ltd
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number:
Dimensions: 16190disp, 176.6 x 26.4 x 5.8(draft)metres
Engines: 2 x Wartsila 8L26 & 2 x Wartsila 12V26 generators, 15000hp
Engines by: Wartsila Oy, Helsinki
Propulsion: 2 x propulsion pods, 1 x bow thruster, 18.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 10 x 7.62mm guns; (2011: No armament)
History:
28/11/2006 Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA)
04/2011 Royal Australian Navy; renamed CHOULES
Still in service
Comments: Member of the Bay Class
Pennant number: L3006
Can carry 24 x main battle tanks or 150 x light trucks or equivalent
Fitted for handling a helicopter, but without hangar facilities
04/2011: Decommissioned as part of Strategic Defence & Security Review
04/2011: Government of Australia was the successful bidder at 65m
Australian pennant number L100


Above photo dated 10/2002 copyright of the Webmaster

Above photo dated 10/2002 copyright of the Webmaster

Above photo dated 10/2002 copyright of the Webmaster

Above photo copyright of Shaun Jones

Above photo copyright of Shaun Jones

Above photo copyright of Steve Wright

In Falmouth drydock before delivery to Australia