HMAS
Shepparton
(II)

HMAS Shepparton (II) at sea
Class
Paluma Class
Type
Role
  • Hydrographic survey
  • Support
Pennant
A03
International Callsign
VLRZ
Motto
By Wisdom and Courage
Home Port
Builder
Eglo, Adelaide
Launched
5 December 1989
Commissioned
24 January 1990
Decommissioned
16 June 2023
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
Awards
Inherited Battle Honours
Resources
News Articles
Image Gallery
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The AGSCs HMA Ships Shepparton (II) and Benalla (II) generally operated in pairs, and were designed for hydrographic survey operations in the shallow waters of northern Australia. Their twin hulls provided good stability in heavy conditions, and good living room and space below the main deck. In addition, the catamaran hull sat well out of the water, the ship drawing only 2.2 metres - a favourable characteristic in shoaling and reef waters where the ships were required to operate.

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

HMAS Shepparton sails in formation with a AS350BA Squirrel on completion of Exercise TRITON THUNDER 2012 off the coast of Darwin.
HMAS Shepparton sails in formation with a AS350BA Squirrel on completion of Exercise TRITON THUNDER 2012 off the coast of Darwin.
HMAS Shepparton conducting the Torres Strait Survey.
HMAS Shepparton conducting the Torres Strait Survey.