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Vimy Ridge-class Amphibious Assault Ship

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The Vimy Ridge-class Amphibious Assault Ships is a class of ship in service in the Canadian Forces Maritime Command. The Vimy Ridge is a modified version of the Juan Carlos I-class amphibious assault ships. There are currently two ships of the class under construction, the HMCS Vimy Ridge (LHA-04) and the HMCS Juno Beach (LHA-05). They are expected to be launched in mid-2013 and commissioned later that year.


  • Type: Amphibious Assault Ship (Hull designation symbol LHA)
  • Service Period: 2013-
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 842 feet 6 inches (256.79 meters)
    • Beam: 106 feet 7 inches (32.49 meters)
    • Draft: 23 feet 10 inches (7.27 meters)
    • Displacement: 35,450 tons
  • Capacity: 720 (long term), 1,350 (short term), and up to 70 vehicles
  • Crew: 254 (46 officers and 208 enlisted)
  • Power Output: 52,000 shp with all engines running
  • Propulsion
    • 8 x General Motors Model 265 turbodiesel cruise engines with electronic control
    • 4 x Western Electric 7.5 MW AC electric generators
    • 2 x Western Electric 10.75 MW electric motors in azimuth pods, 2 controllable-pitch propellers
  • Range: 12,500 nautical miles (23,150 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 22.5 Knots (41.67 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • System 021 3D Air Search Radar
    • System 025A medium-range air search radar
    • System 034SCR long-range surface search radar
    • System 050C Integrated Information Transfer System
    • Raytheon Pathfinder Mark II Ka-Band Navigation Radar
    • AN/SPG-503 STIR 1.8 Fire Control Radar
  • Countermeasures:
    • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie
    • AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare Suite
    • AN/SLQ-49 Chaff Buoy Decoy System
  • Armament:
    • 3 x Mk.29 missile launchers (24 RIM-152D ESSM missiles plus 48 reloads)
    • 3 x Naval Defender 35mm CIWS systems
    • 2 x Mk.49 Rolling Airframe Missile Launchers (42 missiles plus 84 reloads)
    • 4 x M2 Browning 12.7mm machine guns
  • Boats and Landing Craft Carried: 2 LCAC hovercraft OR 6 LCM-8 landing craft, 6 RHIB inflatable boats
  • Aircraft Carried: Up to 40
  • Aircraft Supported: Aircraft Types Equipped For: UH-1Y Venom, AH-1Z Viper, AH-2A Rooivalk, AV-8B Harrier II, MV-22 Osprey, F-35B Lightning II, CH-46F Sea Knight, CH-47F Chinook, CH-53E/K Super/King Stallion, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, AH-64DE Apache Longbow/Guardian, EC665 Tiger, CH-146 Griffon, CH-148 Cyclone, CH-149 Comorant, CH-151 Vulcan

Unit Run[edit]

  • HMCS Vimy Ridge (LHA-04)
  • HMCS Juno Beach (LHA-05)

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