They may use the Teekay option as with the ADV Ocean Protector. Civilian crew operate the ship but with defence folk embarked for the specific mission. Recognition of sea time for commercial qualifications should be practical under those conditions if cadets/seaman trainees are contemplated.Actually the PSV might be an interesting ship to train and crew with a part Pacific crew. Fiji and Timor were complaining about how limited it was to get training. Why not make the ship part of the training solution? IMO you will get much better mileage out of the program if it is more joint nation, rather than AU exclusive.
I think that would be a better idea. To give smaller island nations their own HADR capability would be a more effective way of dealing with region wide disasters such as cyclones, as well as taking care of those smaller tasks that wouldn't normally be seen as a priority.These thoughts highlight perhaps a better way of engaging with the Pacific Island nations than has been done in the past. I have read somewhere that some of the PIF countries have suggested that they would prefer to receive vessels that would enable them to connect more frequently with their many outlying islands, as a higher priority, rather than the Guardian class patrol boats. Ultimately the GoA and the various departments involved in various nation building projects need to listen to the various Pacific Island governments rather than dictating what the 'solution' that will be provided.
As the PSS/PSV envisaged above is not a warship, then it should be able to be constructed to civilian standards and largely crewed by civilian sailors. It might even be a useful training environment for trainees and graduates of the AMC.
No need to be cynical. It was first suggested as a counter to Chinese influence, a strategy that goes back beyond the classical GreeksHowever the cynic in me thinks that this might be as much about showing the flag and winning the hearts and minds of the locals as anything else and a big ship moored in the harbour is a more attention grabbing way of doing that.
Just wondering re Nuship Stalwart.
Unfortunately its likely to be another low key commissioning, may even do it at sea again like the Sydney, though being in Perth may help with how many people can be there.Yes, there is a difference. The CoA has accepted the ship from the prime contractor; there follows a certification and training period before the mariner skills evaluation. Commissioning is usually just before that, some weeks after delivery. Although it does mark the point where “NUSHIP” becomes “HMAS”, it is largely ceremonial.
Thanks for the clarityYes, there is a difference. The CoA has accepted the ship from the prime contractor; there follows a certification and training period before the mariner skills evaluation. Commissioning is usually just before that, some weeks after delivery. Although it does mark the point where “NUSHIP” becomes “HMAS”, it is largely ceremonial.