Africa's Largest Helicopter Carrier Kalaat Beni Abbes

BATAK CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES -- Kalaat Beni Abbes is an amphibious transport dock of the Algerian National Navy, built by the Italian firm Fincantieri as an enlarged and improved version of the San Giorgio class. The ship measures 143 meters long and 21.5 meters wide. It has a range of 6000 miles at 20 knots. The ship has a continuous flight deck with two deck-landing spots for helicopters in the bow and stern.

Ordered in 2011, the ship was acquired by the Algerian National Navy on the 4th September 2014. The first official docking - and commissioning ceremony - was on 28 March 2015 in the presence of the Chief of Staff of the ANP and the High Command of the Algerian National Navy.


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