The Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) HMAS Adelaide has experienced a serious power outbreak that has affected its ability to operate.
According to reports, the helicopter carrier was “stranded” while it was delivering supplies in support of the Tonga relief mission in the aftermath of a January 14 volcanic eruption and tsunami that hit the island.
The Australian defense ministry confirmed that HMAS Adelaide had recently experienced a power outage but noted that back-up power had been activated to restore essential systems.
“The situation is being closely monitored and the safety of the ship and the embarked forces remains our highest priority,” a defense ministry statement noted.
It also addressed a number of rumors, labeling them as inaccurate. According to the defense ministry, essential functions such as fridges and sanitation are up and running and no provisions were spoiled as a result of the power outage.
The defense ministry added that HMAS Adelaide was not under tow, nor has been under tow whilst in or near Tonga.
Civilian specialists are on route to inspect and asses the affected systems on the ship.
The defense ministry added that the power outage has not affected Australia’s ability to support requests from the Government of Tonga to assist their recovery efforts.