Topic: HMAS Mermaid (A02)

Survey vessels hit the charts

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author and photographer)

HMAS Mermaid, one of four Paluma class vessels, recently completed an intensive five and a half week training program in North Queensland waters in company with her sister ship HMAS Paluma. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

HMAS Mermaid, one of four Paluma class vessels, recently completed an intensive five and a half week training program in North Queensland waters in company with her sister ship HMAS Paluma.

Training to ‘fight and win at sea’ occurs across the Navy every day of the year, but how does that concept map to the hydrographic fleet and their motto ‘diligence and skill’? – step into the world of the Navy’s survey motor launches.

Science degree just the ticket for survey work

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), CPOB Tony Martin (author), CPOB Tony Martin (photographer)

Able Seaman Nicola Kingdon conducting seamanship evolutions onboard HMAS Mermaid. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

Able Seaman Nicola Kingdon conducting seamanship evolutions onboard HMAS Mermaid.

Armed with a degree in environmental biology, Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicola Kingdon has put her training to full use as part of the survey team in HMAS Mermaid.