Survey Ship, Coastal (AGSC)

The Royal Australian Navy currently uses the Paluma Class AGSC. Four 360 tonne Survey Motor Launches, HMA Ships 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 Status
HMAS Benalla (II) A04 20 March 1990 Lieutenant Commander Brett O'Connor
HMAS Shepparton (II) A03 24 January 1990 Lieutenant Commander Andrew Shiels