Fantome class survey motor boat

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John Gowland on Sydney Harbour in 2010
John Gowland on Sydney Harbour in 2010
Class overview
Name:Fantome class survey motor boat
Builders:Pro Marine, Seaford, Victoria
Operators:Royal Australian Navy, DMS Maritime
In service:October 1992 – current
General characteristics
Displacement: 7.48 tons
Length: 10.7 metres (35 ft)
Beam: 2.9 metres (9.5 ft)
Draught: 0.6 metres (2.0 ft)
Propulsion: 2 x Volvo Penta AQAD 41D/SP290 diesels
2 outdrives
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h)
Crew: 1 officer, 3 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 x JRC JMA-2141 navigation radar
STN Atlas Elektronik Deso 22 echo sounder
Can carry portable side-scan mapping sonars
Armament: None
Notes: Characteristics taken from[1]

The Fantome class survey motor boat is a class of eight small boats operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and DMS Maritime. The boats were built by Pro Marine in Seaford, Victoria and entered service between October 1992 and July 1993. They are fitted with navigational and survey equipment and are unarmed.[1]

The RAN's six Fantome class boats are carried on board its two Leeuwin class survey vessels.[1] Each of these ships can carry three survey motor boats.[2] The other two boats are operated by DMS Marine under contract to the RAN and are stationed at the Navy's Hydrographic School at HMAS Penguin in Sydney. DMS Maritime maintains all eight boats.[1]

The eight boats are:[1]

  • SMB 1005 Fantome
  • SMB 1006 Meda
  • SMB 1007 Investigator
  • SMB 1008 Duyfken
  • SMB 1009 Tom Thumb
  • SMB 1010 John Gowland
  • SMB 1011
  • SMB 1012

As of 2007, Tom Thumb and John Gowland were the two vessels operated by DMS Maritime.[1]