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Damen completes sea trials of Australian naval aviation training vessel

19 April 2017

Computer generated image of the multirole aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore, which is expected to arrive in Australia by the end of May 2017 (Damen)Computer generated image of the multirole aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore, which is expected to arrive in Australia by the end of May 2017 (Damen)

Damen Shipyards Group announced on 20 April that it has completed sea trials of a multirole aviation training vessel (MATV) on order for Australia.

The civilian registered vessel, MV Sycamore, will be operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a platform to conduct helicopter-related aviation training operations, such as deck landings and take-offs, helicopter in-flight refuelling (HIFR), and air traffic control.

In addition, Sycamore has also been equipped to undertake a number of secondary tasks that include torpedo and mine recovery operations, navigation training, dive support, and target towing, said Damen in a statement on the sea trials completion. "Furthermore, the 94-m long vessel has a large storage capacity, which gives her the potential to be mobilised in humanitarian relief operations", the company added.

Besides sea trials, Sycamore has also completed tests of other on-board equipment such as the air traffic radar, and flight deck communication systems.

Jane's first reported in March 2014 that the RAN was acquiring a dedicated vessel that will be used to bolster its naval aviation training capabilities. This was done against the backdrop of the deliveries of new helicopter platforms, such as the MH-60R and MRH90.

Sycamore , which was built at Damen's facilities in Vietnam, is currently being prepared for its journey towards Sydney, Australia, where it is expected to arrive by the end of May 2017.

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