Australian MATV Completes Sea Trials
The Royal Australian Navy's new Multi-role Aviation Training
Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore has passed sea trials. Following final
vessel handover from builder Damen Shipyards Group, MV Sycamore
will perform diverse training and support duties.
In addition to the more traditional elements of sea trials such
as maneuvering and speed tests, the MV Sycamore was put through
her paces with an extensive testing program of all on-board
military systems, including testing of the air traffic radar,
flight deck lighting and firefighting, flight deck communication
systems and helicopter traverse installation procedures. All
systems and processes of the vessel were accepted by
representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia.
The chief role of the vessel will be to provide a training
platform for all possible helicopter-related operations, such as
helicopter deck landings and take off, helicopter (in-flight)
refueling operations and air traffic control.
"Based on Damen's successful and proven OPV series, the MATV is a
very versatile ship," said Damen Sales Director Asia Pacific,
Damen's versatile MATV design will enable the Royal Australian
Navy to accomplish numerous other secondary tasks also. The MV
Sycamore will be able to undertake torpedo and mine recovery
operations, navigation training, dive support, Officer Sea
Familiarization, target towing and consort duties as well as
unmanned aerial vehicle support. Furthermore, the 94-meter-long
vessel has a large storage capacity, which gives her the
potential to be mobilized in humanitarian relief operations.
The coming weeks will see the MV Sycamore being prepared for her
maiden voyage to her home port of Sydney, Australia, where she is
expected to arrive at the end of May.
Addressing plans for the future of Damen's activities in
Australia, Briene said, "We are making headway towards our
ambitions of building further vessels for the Australian Navy,
having recently submitted out tender for the SEA 1180 Program. It
is our intention to work in close concert with local industry for
the project, building not only the required vessels, but a
sustainable shipbuilding industry for Australia with strong
Apr 19, 2017