MV Sycamore arrives in Sydney

Serco is pleased to announce that it is in the last stages of delivering the Navy’s new Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel, (MATV) MV Sycamore. This is the 17th vessel delivered under the $280 million Contractor Asset Acquisition Program (CAAP) which is part of Serco's Fleet Marine Services contract.

Serco acted as the buyer and project manager for the acquisition, developing the design and working closely with the ship builder, Damen and the Commonwealth to meet the demanding requirements for an aviation platform which is to work under a unique mix of naval and commercial shipping regulations in Australia. Serco has worked closely with the Commonwealth to ensure it has been delivered on time, on budget and to the highest specifications.

The MATV will provide a training platform for all possible helicopter-related operations, such as helicopter deck landings and take off, helicopter (in-flight) refuelling operations and air traffic control. In addition it will allow the Navy to undertake a range of other operations including weapons recovery and mine warfare training support, navigation training and dive support and humanitarian aid to name a few of the vessels many capabilities.

Over the next few weeks the Sycamore will be used for training from its base at HMAS Waterhen in Waverton, Sydney.

Media outlets Australian Aviation, Lloyd's List Australia and Australian Defence Magazine reported the arrival of the vessel in Sydney Harbour.