ADV Ocean Protector

Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Protector (OP) is a Romanian-built, former remotely operated vehicle support vessel launched on 28 January 2007. Ocean Protector entered service, under charter from DOF Subsea, for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in October 2010.

Purchased from DOF Subsea in 2015 by the Australian Government, her management and control was handed to the RAN in 2016. Teekay shipping, as the Contracted Vessel Operator (CVO), provide the operating crew with all customs, border protection and enforcement duties conducted by embarked Australian Border Force and Transit Security Element personnel.


Type Auxiliary Naval Vessel
Role Border protection
International callsign VHDM
Home port Fleet Base West
Builder Aker Yards ASA, Tulcea, Romania
Launched 28 January 2007
Displacement 8500 tonnes full load
Length 105.9 metres
Beam 21.02 metres
Draught 6.6 metres
Speed 16 knots
Range 23.00 NM at 14 knots
  • 22 civilian crew
  • 50 ADF/ABF personnel
  • 4x Diesel Engines
  • 2x Electric Motors
  • 2x Directional Propellers


Auxiliary naval vessel