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Landing Ships and Craft


HMAS Tobruk provides the Australian Defence Force with a heavy lift capability. She is designed for carrying troops, stores and vehicles and to be able to land them without the requirement for port facilities.


She is equipped with a roll on roll off hull and a strengthened deck. Tobruk can carry up to 18 Leopard tanks on this deck. For combined RAN/Army operations an 'Operations Room' is available with facilities for both an Amphibious Group Commander and Land Force Commander. It is fitted with comprehensive communications equipment to support complex joint operations and is staffed both by Army and Navy personnel. The landing force Tobruk can carry varies on the length of time the troops are embarked for. A total of 350 can be accomodated for lengthy periods at Ship's Company standards or up to 500 troops for shorter periods.







Laid Down








Builder: Carrington Slipways, Newcastle, NSW
Displacement: 5,800 Tonnes
Length: 126 Metres
Beam: 18 Metres
Armament: Two 40mm Bofors Guns
Machinery: Two Mirrlees Blackstone K Major Deisels
Speed: 17 Knots
Aircraft: Up to three helos
Landing Craft:
Two LCVPs on Davits, Two LCM8s as deck cargo
Complement: 130. Troops up to 500






The R.A.N possesses 6 LCHs. The LCH is able to transport cargo and supplies from ships lying off shore to water terminals or the beach.


Maximum cargo is governed by fuel-load balance and varies between 140 - 180 tonnes. Army equipment capable of being carried by the 6 LCHs is 3 Battle tanks, 23 quarter tonne trucks or thirteen armoured personnel carriers.




No. Name Laid Down Launched Commissioned
L126 Balikpapan MAY71 15AUG71 24SEP74
L127 Brunei JULY71 18OCT71 08JAN73
L128 Labuan OCT71 29DEC71 09MAR73
L129 Tarakan DEC71 16MAR72 15JUN73
L130 Wewak MAR72 16MAY72 10AUG73
L133 Betano SEP72 05DEC72 08FEB74


Builder: Walkers Ltd. Mayborough, Queensland
Displacement: 316 Tonnes
Length: 44.5 Metres
Beam: 10.1 Metres
Armament: Two .50 Cal Machine Guns
Machinery: Two GE Deisels
Speed: More than 9 Knots
Complement: 13.