MV Sycamore takes training to new heights

June 5, 2019 – The Multi Role Aviation Training Vessel MV Sycamore is responsible for providing training to a variety of Navy and Defence organizations. Every Royal Australian Navy recruit gets the opportunity to spend up to a week in Sycamore, allowing them to gain some firsthand experience of life at sea before graduating and progressing to their first full sea posting. The recruits generally join Sycamore alongside HMAS Waterhen on a Sunday afternoon. They commence their journey with an induction to the ship, which provides vital information on emergency…

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C-Flex Patrol Mission System for MATV

May 14, 2019 – In April 2019, Terma confirmed the update to the C-Flex Mission System on the Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) to the newest member of the C-Series family C-Flex PATROL. The C-Flex PATROL Mission System encompasses a completely redesigned user interface providing a modern and very intuitive user experience relieving operator workload. The Royal Australian Navy will be the fourth navy operating the C-Flex PATROL Mission System. System update and associated training will be coordinated by Terma’s local service partner Jenkins Engineering Defense Systems.   A primary mission for…

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MV Sycamore Trains Generation Next

February 21, 2019 – As the new year began, the Royal Australian Navy’s multi-role aviation training vessel MV Sycamore was setting a course for the future, preparing for a big year of training the next generations of officers and sailors. Trainee Helicopter Control Officers and Flight Deck Marshalers, Maritime Warfare Officers undergoing Phase III of their training and Australian Navy Cadets from the Waratah and Taipan Flotillas were all embarked in the training ship as she left Sydney earlier this year. The Waratah Flotilla consists of Cadets from Training Ships…

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HMAS Waterhen building capability for Navy and its partners

September 16, 2018 – Three decades ago there was debate about whether or not the small establishment of HMAS Waterhen was surplus to Defence requirements. It was decided that it would provide continued service and be a key component to Navy’s future. Today Waterhen provides support, training and a variety of services to Defence and other federal bodies. On any given day you will find a mix of assets from Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Force, Surface Force or Defence Maritime Services (DMS), and maybe visiting ships…

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MV Sycamore supporting HATS with embarked aviation operations

It was a week of “firsts” when instructors from HMAS Albatross’s 723 Squadron (Joint Helicopter School) commenced training with the Royal Australian Navy’s new-generation Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV), MV Sycamore. It was the first time RAN conducted deck landings in the EC-135 helicopter and also the first time MV Sycamore conducted deck landing training. “More than forty deck landings were made and five instructors achieved their Deck Landing Qualifications” 723 Squadron Commanding Officer, CMDR Bruce Willington said. “This was the realization of hard work and dedication by several organizations…

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Aviation training facilities tested

The Navy’s newest aviation capability has been stretching her wings off the eastern seaboard, with the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit conducting first of class flight trials with the EC-135 helicopter in aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore. The trials are an important step in developing the safe limits for operations of a specific helicopter to a particular class of ship, commonly known as a ships helicopter operating limits or by the term, ‘SHOL’. This trial was also the first time any aircraft has operated from Sycamore, thus allowing her…

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