Australia Navy To Acquire U.K. Amphibious Ship

MELBOURNE – Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith announced April 6 that the Royal Australian Navy will acquire the Bay-class amphibious vessel Largs Bay from the United Kingdom for 65 million pounds (US$106 million, AU$101.5 million). Smith had flagged the possibility of a lease or purchase during the bilateral Australia-U.K. defense talks in Canberra in January.

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