HMAS
Melville

HMAS Melville at sea
Commanding Officer
Class
Leeuwin Class
Type
Role
  • Hydrographic survey
  • Support
Pennant
A 246
International Callsign
VLSF
Motto
With Determination
Home Port
Builder
North Queensland Engineers & Agents
Launched
1 June 1998
Commissioned
27 May 2000
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Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 2,205 tonnes
Length 71.2 metres
Beam 15.2 metres
Draught 4.3 metres
Performance
Speed 14 knots
Range 18,000 nautical miles
Complement
Crew 46
Propulsion
Machinery
  • 4 x GEC Alsthom 6RK 215 diesel generators
  • 2 x Alsthom electric propulsion motors
Armament
Radars STN Atlas 9600 ARPA navigation radar
Sonars
  • C-Tech CMAS 36/39
  • Atlas Fansweep multibeam echo sounder
  • Atlas Hydrographic Deso single beam echo sounder
Helicopters 1 x AS 350B Squirrel (not permanently embarked)
HMAS Melville ships badge

HMAS Melville and and her sister ship HMAS Leeuwin replaced the now decommissioned vessels HMA Ships Moresby (II) and Flinders in 2000. Both ships take their names from prominent points on the Australian coast. HMAS Melville is named after Melville Island, just to the north of Darwin. Melville was launched midway through 1998. The ships were built by NQEA in Cairns, North Queensland.

HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville enable the Australian Hydrographic Service to gather high quality hydrographic information at a much greater rate than the ships they replace. The ships are 71 metres in length, with a beam of 15 metres, and a draught of 4.3 metres. Each ship displaces 2,550 tonnes and is manned by a crew of 46 officers and sailors. A state of the art Hydrographic Survey System (HSS) developed by STN Atlas will integrate accurate position information with data from a multi-beam echo sounder, towed side-scan sonar, single beam echo sounder and a forward-looking sonar. The ships will also carry three fully equipped 9 metre Survey Motor Boats for surveys in waters not suitable for the ships themselves. Both ships are capable of carrying a helicopter to assist in survey operations.

HMAS Melville is currently crewed by HS WHITE.