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July 19, 2012
NAVY'S newest ship, Australian Defence
Vessel Ocean Shield, arrived in Australia at
HMAS Stirling on June 28 after sailing from
ADV Ocean Shield will provide humani-
tarian and disaster relief capability until the
arrival of the two new LHDs in 2014.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith said it
would also be able to u ndertake patrols in
the Southern Ocean to provide su rveillance
and apprehend any vessels operating illegal-
ly, and that it could operate in sub-Antarctic
Defence took ownership of the vessel
-- for merly known as the offshore support
vessel Skandi Bergen -- after extensive sea
trials overseen by international shipping
firm Teekay Shipping.
CN VADM Ray Griggs is pleased to
have Ocean Shield, which will be home-
ported at Fleet Base East, as part of Navy's
"This is a very modern state-of-the-art
ship that will be a great addition to our
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
capabilities," VADM Griggs said.
Her civilian captain, Jason Britton, said
the ship, built to the North Sea-class, could
hold its position in strong winds.
"When there's a cyclone coming through
Cair ns, for example, we can come on
the back of the wind, when other vessels
wouldn't even consider coming anywhere
near Cairns," CAPT Britton said.
"We can then position ourselves dynami-
cally such that the vessel just holds position.
And as the cyclone moves through and we
find safer water, we can just move the ship
such that by the time ... everybody opens
their windows to see what's left of Cairns,
you'll have the Ocean Shield sitting on their
CAPT Britton said the ship could be
used for operational command and as a
"We have 1000 tonnes of fresh water on
board, we can carry a lot of fuel, we have
1000 square metres of open deck, plus a
crane that can move up to 60 tonnes in the
heaviest spot," he said.
"By dynamically positioning, we can
have other vessels such as landing craft
coming alongside us and we can facilitate
moving the servicing ashore."
He expected that the Ocean Shield
would make a significant impression and
contribution. "This ship will make a name
for herself -- she'll be famous one day," he
After Defence introduces the first LHD
into service, Ocean Shield will be trans-
ferred to Customs and Border Protection to
provide a long term capability for Customs
and Border Protection.
New shield has arrived
NEW SHIELD: CN VADM Ray Griggs and CAPT Jason Britton listen to Defence Minister Stephen
Smith give a press conference. Inset, Ocean Shield arrived at Stirling on June 28.
Photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey
FACTS & FIGURES
Size: 105m long and 21m wide, with
more than 1000 metres of deck area
and a helipad
Speed: 16-and-a-half knots forward
and 13 knots astern
Propulsion: Two 3000kW thrusters aft;
two 1800kW forward and one 1500kW
Accommodation: Up to 100 people
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