Former Royal Australian Navy vessels HMAS Tarakan and Brunei will help improve the Philippines' humanitarian assistance and relief operations in the aftermath of natural disasters
'AUSTRALIA'S GIFTS.' File photo of former Royal Australians Navy's Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) HMA Ships Brunei, Labuan and Tarakan depart Cairns Harbour in formation. Photo from the web site of the Australian Navy
Former Royal Australian Navy vessels HMAS Tarakan and
will be given to the
already refurbished, equipped with new safety and navigation equipment,
including spare parts. Philippines
“I expect the vessels will be refitted and ready for hand over in May 2015,” Andrews said in a statement. They were decommissioned in November 2014.
The supply ships are 44.5 meters long and have a speed of 10-13 Knots. They are capable of carrying up to 180 tons of cargo.
The Australian embassy described the LCH as "an extremely versatile vessel, capable of moving large amounts of cargo, personnel and equipment from larger ships to shore."
"A very shallow draft (two meters) allows these ships to deliver personnel and equipment to areas otherwise unreachable especially during Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations," the embassy noted in a statement.
“The Landing Craft will greatly improve the
ability to respond to natural disasters by enabling heavy equipment and large
amounts of aid to be moved to affected areas,” Andrews added. Philippines