Paluma class survey motor launch

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HMAS Benalla and HMAS Gascoyne (behind) in Darling Harbour for the 2008 Sea Power Centre conference
Class overview
Builders:Eglo Engineering, Adelaide
Operators:Royal Australian Navy
Succeeded by:Planned Australian offshore combatant vessel
In commission:27 February 1989 - present
General characteristics
Type: Motor launch
Displacement: 320 tonnes
Length: 36.6 metres (120 ft)
Beam: 13.7 metres (45 ft)
Draught: 2.2 metres (7.2 ft)
Propulsion: 2 Detroit V12 diesel engines
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)
Range: 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km)
Complement: 15
Sensors and
processing systems:
Two echo sounders, two side-scan sonars, two heave by heave compensators, one skipper searchlight sonar
Armament: None fitted

Ships in class include: HMAS Paluma
HMAS Mermaid
HMAS Shepparton

HMAS Benalla

The Paluma class survey motor launch is a class of four hydrographic survey launches operated by the Royal Australian Navy. The four ships were built by Eglo Engineering, Adelaide and entered service between February 1989 and March 1990. All four vessels are homeported at the naval base HMAS Cairns in Cairns, Queensland.

The Paluma class is designed to conduct hydrographic surveys in the shallow waters off northern Australia. The vessels generally operate in pairs.

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