An Australian defense vessel (ADV) called the Reliant has joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) fleet to support missions in the Pacific area of operations.
A flag-raising ceremony was also held at the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, which is also the ship’s port of call.
This offshore-capable vessel will be deployed to meet the demands and requirements of Australia’s Pacific partners during this year’s high-risk weather season.
Reliant will also support humanitarian and disaster relief operations.
The missions undertaken by Reliant will be managed by the Australian Department of Defense and informed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in close consultation with Pacific Island partners.
The crew to be deployed with the Reliant consists of a permanent Navy liaison officer, multi-agency deployment task teams and a total of 18 Australian merchant mariners recruited through defense industry partner TK Shipping Australia.
RAN Chief Vice-Admiral Mark Hammond said: “Australia’s defense ship Reliant will spend up to 300 days a year in the Pacific area of operations, ready to assist our Pacific family.
“The ship has the range to reach all corners of the Pacific Ocean. It can go around the globe without recharging.
“This highly adaptable ship will deploy with dedicated multi-agency personnel teams and can be used for a range of purposes in conjunction with the Pacific family, including maritime survey, heavy equipment delivery, search and rescue training and disaster relief and recovery.” “
Capable of producing thousands of liters of fresh water every day, the ADV Reliant has a large cargo deck.
This 102 meter long vessel, previously named the MV Reliant, is the latest addition to the Australian National Support Squadron, responsible for providing various services to the RAN fleet.
Other ships in the squadron are MV Mercator, Stoker Sycamore, Besant and ADV Ocean Protector.