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Australia-class Aircraft Carrier

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Australia-class aircraft carrier and aircraft carried.

The Australia-class Aircraft Carrier' is a class of large aircraft carrier in service in the Royal Australian Navy. The Australia-class was designed by DRDC in 2008 to replace Australia's previous aircraft carrier, the 55 year old Essex-class carrier HMAS Australia which had been severely damaged by an attack from Indian Air Force MiG-29s on June 21st, 2008. The Australia is powered by a pair of pebble bed nuclear reactors and has three EMALS catapults for launching aircraft. The Australia can hold up to seventy fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.


  • Type: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier (Hull designation symbol CVN)
  • Service Period: 2013-
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 947 feet 5 inches (288.77 meters)
    • Beam (waterline): 130 feet 2 inches (39.68 meters)
    • Beam (flight deck): 248 feet 4 inches (75.7 meters)
    • Draft: 32 feet 5 inches (9.88 meters)
    • Displacement: 54,600 tons
  • Crew: 1,165 officers and enlisted
  • Endurance: 65 days of food and supplies
  • Power: 320,000 shp (238.72 MW)
  • Propulsion:
    • 2 x PBMR Type-25NV 120MW pebble bed type nuclear reactors
    • 8 x Westinghouse geared steam turbines
    • 4 x Vektris Engineering electric generator turbines
    • 4 x shafts
  • Range: Unlimited
  • Speed: 35 Knots (64.82 km/h; 40.28 mph)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • AN/SPY-3 Multifunction AESA Radar
    • AN/SPS-48G 3D Air Search Radar
    • AN/SPS-49A(V)1 2D Air Search Radar
    • AN/SPQ-9B Fire Control Radar
    • AN/SPN-41 Instrument Landing System Radar
    • AN/SPN-43C Air Traffic Control Radar
    • AN/SPN-46 Air Traffic Control Radars x 2
  • Countermeasures:
    • AN/SLQ-32(V)7 Electronic Warfare Suite
    • AN/SLQ-25C Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures
    • Mk.53 Nulka decoy launchers x 4
  • Armament
    • 3 x Mark 41 Vertical Launch Systems (2 64-cell, 1 16-cell)
    • 4 x Naval Defender twin 35mm CIWS systems
    • 5 x MLG 27 autocannons
  • Aircraft Carried: Up to 70 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters
  • Aircraft Supported: F-16CA Sea Viper, (A)F/A-18C/D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, F-35C Lightning II, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, C-2A(R) Greyhound, S-3AU Viking, MH-60R Seahawk, MH-60S Knighthawk, Westland Sea King Mk.50C, SH-92 Cyclone

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