HMAS
Mermaid

Survey Motor Launch HMAS Mermaid at sea during Minor War Vessel Concentration Period
Commanding Officer
Class
Paluma Class
Type
Role Support
Pennant
A 02
Motto
No Task Too Arduous
Home Port
Builder
Eglo, Adelaide
Launched
28 September 1989
Commissioned
4 December 1989
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 325 tonnes
Length 36.6 metres
Beam 12.8 metres
Draught 2.65 metres
Performance
Speed 11 knots
Range 3600 nautical miles
Complement
Crew 15
Propulsion
Machinery 2 x Detroit 12V-92TA diesels
Armament
Radars Kelvin Hughes 1007
Sonars Thales Petrel three-dimensional forward looking active high frequency
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The AGSCs HMA Ships HMAS Paluma (IV) , HMAS Mermaid, HMAS Shepparton (II) and HMAS Benalla (II), generally operate in pairs, and are designed for hydrographic survey operations in the shallow waters of northern Australia. Their twin hulls provide good stability in heavy conditions, and good living room and space below the main deck. In addition, the catamaran hull sits well out of the water, the ship drawing only 2.2 metres - a favourable characteristic in shoaling and reef waters where the ships are required to operate.

Each SML carries the latest in navigation aids, and survey and computerised hydrographic data processing equipment. All data collected by the ship is stored on CD-ROM and forwarded to the Australian Hydrographic Office for subsequent publication in navigational products ranging from paper to electronic charts.