Contract to support RAN’s survey vessels extended

The Royal Australian Navy hydrographic survey ship HMAS Leeuwin (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

BAE Systems Australia’s in-service support arrangements for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) hydrographic platforms in Cairns have been extended.

The current support arrangements for the fleet will continue for another 12 months at a cost of $14.3 million.

The navy’s hydrographic fleet consists of two Leeuwin-class hydrographic ships, two Paluma-class survey motor launches, and shore-based hydrographic systems. The Leeuwin-class ships operate in deep water using an array of multi-beam echo sounders and sonars to uncover ocean features, while the Paluma-class usually operate in pairs in shallow and more constrained waters.


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