RAN’s MV Sycamore arrives in Sydney
The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) multi-role aviation training vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore arrived in Sydney harbour after completing her 14-day maiden voyage, Damen Shipyards announced on 27 June.
The 94m long vessel is now less than a month away from deployment as a multi-role vessel and helicopter training platform for the RAN.
Constructed by Damen, the MV Sycamore is a special purpose ship that has been designed to combine both commercial and military characteristics.
Although the vessel will be commercially operated, it integrates several strategic features such as a helicopter deck associated with training facilities, aviation operational spaces, multifunctional mission deck and workshops as installed on the latest RAN ships.
The MATV will enable the RAN to carry out navigation and air traffic control training, officer familiarisation, target towing, torpedo and mine recovery operations and dive and unmanned aerial vehicle support.
Roland Briene, sales director of Asia Pacific, Damen, said: ‘It is definitely an impressive sight to see the Sycamore enter Sydney harbour. The MATV project really highlights what can be achieved with this joint team effort. We have accomplished the on-time and on-budget construction of a complex vessel that will provide an efficient, functional and comfortable training platform for the RAN.
More from Naval Warfare
US Navy solicits Raytheon and Lockheed for carrier-suitable hypersonic weapon
The USN has awarded two contracts to Raytheon Missiles and Defence and Lockheed Martin for initial development of a carrier-suitable long-range, high-speed weapon known as Hypersonic Air Launched Offensive Anti-Surface (HALO).
Italian Navy secures funds for two new FREMMs amid push for a bigger fleet
Italy plans to procure two more FREMM frigates as part of a push to strengthen its naval capabilities amid an increased Russian presence in the Mediterranean.
Singapore selects Saab and ST Engineering for Multi-Role Combat Vessel
Singapore is proceeding with a new class of warship to replace its Victory-class corvettes.
Cairo adds more American ships to its fleet
The Egyptian Navy recently has taken delivery of three former USN Cyclone-class patrol coastal ships.
Keel laid for Brazil's MEKO-based Tamandaré frigate
Tamandaré is the first of our ships being acquired under the Brazilian programme, which will be built in blocks.