HMAS Shepparton (A 03)

HMAS Shepparton (A 03) is a Paluma-class survey motor launch of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Namesake: City of Shepparton, Victoria
Builder: Eglo Engineering, Adelaide
Laid down: 21 September 1998
Launched: 5 December 1989
Commissioned: 24 January 1990
Homeport: HMAS Cairns
Motto: "By Wisdom And Courage"
Honours and
Two inherited battle honours
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Paluma-class survey motor launch
Displacement: 320 tonnes
Length: 36.6 m (120 ft) length overall
Beam: 13.7 m (45 ft)
Draught: 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
Propulsion: 2 Detroit V12 diesel engines
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 1,800 nautical miles (3,300 km; 2,100 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Endurance: 14 days
Complement: 3 officers, 11 sailors (plus accommodation for 4 additional)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar:
  • JRC JMA-3710-6 navigational radar
  • Sonars:
  • ELAC LAZ 72 side-scan mapping sonar
  • Skipper 113 hull-mounted scanning sonar
Armament: None fitted

Design and construction

The Paluma-class vessels have a full load displacement of 320 tonnes.[1] They are 36.6 metres (120 ft) long overall and 36 metres (118 ft) long between perpendiculars, have a beam of 13.7 metres (45 ft), and a draught of 1.9 metres (6 ft 3 in).[1] Propulsion machinery consists of two General Motors Detroit Diesel 12V-92T engines, which supply 1,290 brake horsepower (960 kW) to the two propeller shafts.[1] Each vessel has a top speed of 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph), a maximum sustainable speed of 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) (which gives a maximum range of 1,800 nautical miles (3,300 km; 2,100 mi)), and an endurance of 14 days.[1]

The sensor suite of a Paluma-class launch consists of a JRC JMA-3710-6 navigational radar, an ELAC LAZ 72 side-scan mapping sonar, and a Skipper 113 hull-mounted scanning sonar.[1] The vessels are unarmed.[1] The standard ship's company consists of three officers and eleven sailors, although another four personnel can be accommodated.[1] The catamarans were originally painted white, but were repainted naval grey in 2002.[1]

Shepparton was laid down at Eglo Engineering's shipyard in Port Adelaide, South Australia on 21 September 1988, launched on 5 December 1989, and commissioned into the RAN on 24 January 1990.[1] The ship was named for the city of Shepparton, Victoria.

Operational history

In January 2011, Shepparton was one of three RAN vessels deployed to survey Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River for submerged debris as part of Operation Queensland Flood Assist, the Australian Defence Force response to the 2010–2011 Queensland floods.[2]

In October 2013, Shepparton participated in the International Fleet Review 2013 in Sydney.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Wertheim (ed.), The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, p. 28
  2. ^ "Minesweeper joins search for river debris". ABC News. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Participating Warships". International Fleet Review 2013 website. Royal Australian Navy. 2013. Archived from the original on 10 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2015.


External links

HMAS Shepparton

Two ships of the Royal Australian Navy have been named HMAS Shepparton, after the city of Shepparton, Victoria.

HMAS Shepparton (J248), a Bathurst-class corvette launched in 1942 and sold for scrap in 1958

HMAS Shepparton (A 03), a Paluma-class survey vessel launched in 1989 and active as of 2016

List of ships of the Royal Australian Navy

Since its foundation in 1913, the Royal Australian Navy has operated a large number of vessels, including various types of warship, support and supply craft, and auxiliary vessels drawn from civilian service when required.

Royal Australian Navy


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