Surveying Ship, Coastal (AGSC)

The Royal Australian Navy currently uses the Paluma Class AGSC.

Four 360 tonne Survey Motor Launches, HMA Ships Paluma (IV), Mermaid, Shepparton (II) and Benalla (II), are fitted out for work in shallower and more constrained waters. These ships generally operate in pairs and are designed for operations in the shallow waters of northern Australia. Their twin hulls provide good stability in heavy conditions, along with good living room and space below the main deck.

Each Survey Motor Launch carries the latest in survey and computerised hydrographic data processing equipment and is fitted with the latest navigation aids.

Following is a list of Surveying Ships Coastal currently commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy.

Name Pennant Commissioned Commanding Officer
HMAS Benalla (II) A04 20 March 1990 Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Walker
HMAS Mermaid A02 4 December 1989 Lieutenant Commander Paul Savage
HMAS Paluma (IV) A01 27 February 1989 Lieutenant Commander Chris Diplock
HMAS Shepparton (II) A03 24 January 1990 Lieutenant Shaun Poing-Destre