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Damen to host welcome event on MV Sycamore

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The builders of Australia’s MV Sycamore multi-role aviation training vessel (MATV), described by the builder as Australia’s first OPV, are tomorrow hosting a welcome function onboard the new, which arrived in Sydney a couple of weeks ago.

The Sycamore has been acquired to support a range of Navy training activities including initial helicopter deck landing qualifications as well as other Navy mariner skills training, such as at sea familiarisation, practice weapon recovery, navigation training and limited fleet support duties.

The MATV has contracted civilian core crew of 17 personnel, provided by Teekay Shipping,  which will be supplemented across the range of training activities by Australian Defence Force and other government personnel as required.

 

Terry Turner is Senior Editor for Defence.com.au and Editor in Chief for the entire stable of CYBER PRESS magazines.CYBER PRESS is an Australian media business specialising in multi-channel broad audience online digital publishing. Our company is the evolution of Eco Magazines, Australia's premiere dedicated online publisher of full-format digital magazines. Put simply, we specialise, where many merely dabble.

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Future Frigate capability described by Chief of Navy

SEA 5000 Phase 1 Announcement

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Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, describes the capability of the Future Frigate to members of Air Warfare Destroyer, NUSHIP Brisbane’s, ship’s company at Osborne in South Australia.

On 29 June 2018, BAE Systems Australia were announced as the successful bid to design the Global Combat Ship – Australia Hunter Class frigates, to be built by ASC Shipbuilding at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia.

SEA 5000 Phase 1 Future Frigate Program will deliver anti-submarine warfare frigates,the Hunter class.

The Hunter class enter service in the late 2020s replacing the eight Anzac frigates, which have been in service since 1996.

The Hunter class will have the capability to conduct a variety of missions independently, or as part of a task group, with sufficient range and endurance to operate effectively throughout the region.

The frigates will also have the flexibility to support non-warfare roles such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Incorporating the leading-edge Australian-developed CEA Phased-Array Radar and the US Navy’s Aegis combat management system, with an Australian interface developed by Saab Australia, the Hunter class will be one of the most capable warships in the world.

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Guide Missile Destroyer future HMAS Hobart arrives in Sydney

Soon to be HMAS Hobart arrives In Sydney Harbour

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The Royal Australian Navy’s newest ship, the guided missile destroyer (DDG) Hobart, arrived in her home port of Sydney for the first time prior to her commissioning in September.

The future HMAS Hobart is the first of three Hobart Class DDGs. In 2017, Hobart successfully completed builder and acceptance trials which tested the ship’s handling, equipment and systems to ensure they conform to the design and build specifications.

The ship’s company are preparing for her commissioning, at which point she will enter the fleet as Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Hobart and start her test and evaluation period. This period will integrate the ship into the fleet and train Navy personnel to operate the warship in an operational environment.

When commissioned, the warship will have a ship’s company of approximately 180 personnel and will displace 7,000 tonnes when fully loaded. The ship is 146m long and can travel in excess of 28 knots.

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Commendations awarded to Ships Division personnel

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Commendations awarded to Ships Division personnel in recognition of the outstanding and tireless work performed by the Future Frigates Branch, 5 employees and one team will be recognised for their achievements.

DEPSEC will be presenting 4 Gold Commendations and GMSHIPS will be presenting 2 Silver Commendations.

The Future Frigates Branch is about to go into tender evaluation which will be an incredibly fast paced, demanding and potentially a very stressful time for staff.

These awards will help motivate, encourage and reassure staff that there efforts and work are appreciated and valued.

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