The Navy's newest
ship, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield, has arrived in Australia.
The Government announced earlier this year that it had purchased the vessel, formerly known as Skandi Bergen, to add to the Royal Australian Navy's current amphibious ships.
The vessel ensures that Defence has the humanitarian and disaster relief capability required between now and the arrival of the two new Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships in the middle of the decade.
It will primarily be used to transport troops and supplies in support of humanitarian and disaster relief operations domestically and in the region.
Ocean Shield is able to operate in sub-Antarctic weather conditions and will be able to undertake patrols in the Southern Ocean providing surveillance, detection and apprehension of any vessels operating illegally.
Ocean Shield is the sister ship of the Ocean Protector which is currently operated by Customs and Border Protection and undertakes these patrols.
The 6,500 tonne ship is 105m long and 21m wide.
It has accommodation for up to 100 people, more than 1000 metres of deck area, and a helipad.
After Defence introduces the first LHD into service, Ocean Shield will be transferred to Customs and Border Protection to provide a long term capability for Customs and Border Protection.
Ocean Shield will join HMAS Tobruk and HMAS Choules in providing Australia’s amphibious humanitarian and disaster relief capability.
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