Damen completes sea trials for the MATV MV Sycamore

MATS stands for Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel

Built by Dutch yard Damen, MV Sycamore will perform diverse training and support duties for the Royal Australian Navy.

MV Sycamore was put through her paces with an extensive testing schedule of all onboard military systems. This included testing of the air traffic radar, flight deck lighting and firefighting, flight deck communication systems and helicopter traverse installation procedures.

The chief role of the vessel will be to 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.

However, Damen’s versatile MATV design will enable the Royal Australian Navy to accomplish numerous other secondary tasks also. The 94-metre long vessel has a large storage capacity, which gives her the potential to be mobilised in humanitarian relief operations.