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L100 leaving Fremantle
HMAS Choules (L100) is a Bay class landing ship dock that served with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) from 2006 to 2011, before being transferred to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The vessel was built as RFA Largs Bay (L3006) by Swan Hunter in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear. She was named after Largs Bay in Ayrshire, Scotland, and entered service in November 2006. During her career with the RFA, Largs Bay served as the British ship assigned to patrol the Falkland Islands in 2008, and delivered relief supplies to Haiti following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. At the end of 2010, Largs Bay was marked as one of the vessels to be removed from service under the Strategic Defence and Security Review. She was offered for sale, with the RAN announced as the successful bidder in April 2011. After modifications to make her more suited for Australian operating conditions, the vessel was commissioned in December 2011 as HMAS Choules, named after Chief Petty Officer Claude Choules (Wikipedia)
Taken with E520 Olympus

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  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 2 years ago

    Great one Kala…

  • Thanks, she chugged past nice and slow :)

    – kalaryder

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 2 years ago

    great capture Kala xx

  • Thank you

    – kalaryder

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanalmost 2 years ago

    I like the perspective…nicely done.

  • Thank you Jack, I was pleased to get the personnel in however small they were :)

    – kalaryder

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely photo of this workhorse Kala – NZ decided they needed something like this a few years back so they bought themselves a second hand roll-on roll-off ferry. They used it twice, were violently seasick both times and it’s now carrying oranges between North Africa and Spain…… ! Great information, most interesting to read its history.

  • Love that comment :)

    – kalaryder

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