The Australian Government is continuing to deliver enhanced maritime capability to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with the procurement of a dedicated Undersea Support Vessel. The new acquisition would be used to further advance a range of trials and activities leveraging new technologies in the undersea domain. After a selection process led by an independent broker, the Norwegian flagged MV Normand Jarl has been procured for $110 million and is currently undergoing inspection and certification activities in Singapore.
“Defence is demonstrating its commitment to providing a cutting-edge capability, which will expand the ADF’s ability to deliver multiple undersea project outcomes. ADV Guidance will be instrumental in developing and testing robotic and autonomous underwater systems, ensuring Defence can compete and succeed in a wide variety of complex undersea environments,” Deputy Secretary Naval Shipbuilding and Sustainment Tony Dalton said.
The ship will be renamed Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Guidance before sailing to Australia under an Australian flag later this year. The primary role of Australian Defence Vessel Guidance will be to support undersea surveillance systems trials, including the ability to deploy undersea crewed and uncrewed vehicles, and robotic and autonomous systems. At 107 metres long, 22 metres wide and displacing 7400 tonnes, ADV Guidance will be able to sustain a range of Defence activities due to its modular mission systems, allowing specialist Defence teams and load-outs to be embarked to meet various system trial requirements.
MV Normand Jarl is a Multi-purpose offshore vessel built in 2013 by Kleven Verft – Ulsteinvik, Norway. Formerly also known as Rem Installer. It’s gross tonnage is 7403 tons. Normand Ships AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Solstad Offshore ASA has sold the CSV Normand Jarl. Delivery of the vessel to the new owner is estimated to take place during Q1 2023. Solstad Offshore will recognize a gain on the sale of approximately MNOK 420 to be reflected in the Q1 2023 accounts.