HMAS Paluma (A 01)

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Namesake: Paluma, Queensland
Builder: Eglo Engineering, Adelaide
Laid down: 21 March 1988
Launched: 6 February 1989
Commissioned: 27 February 1989
Homeport: HMAS Cairns
Motto: "Search With Diligence"
Honours and
One inherited battle honour
Status: Active as of 2016
Badge: HMAS Paluma - Ship's Badge
General characteristics
Class and type: Paluma-class survey motor launch
Displacement: 320 tonnes
Length: 36.6 m (120 ft) length overall
Beam: 13.7 m (45 ft)
Draught: 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
Propulsion: 2 Detroit V12 diesel engines
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 1,800 nautical miles (3,300 km; 2,100 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Endurance: 14 days
Complement: 3 officers, 11 sailors (plus accommodation for 4 additional)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar:
  • Kelvin Hughes 1007 navigational radar
  • Sonars:
  • Thales Petrel three-dimensional forward looking active high frequency MBES
Armament: None fitted

HMAS Paluma (A 01) is the lead ship of the Paluma-class survey motor launches operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Design and construction[edit]

The Paluma-class vessels have a full load displacement of 320 tonnes.[1] They are 36.6 metres (120 ft) long overall and 36 metres (118 ft) long between perpendiculars, have a beam of 13.7 metres (45 ft), and a draught of 1.9 metres (6 ft 3 in).[1] Propulsion machinery consists of two General Motors Detroit Diesel 12V-92T engines, which supply 1,290 brake horsepower (960 kW) to the two propeller shafts.[1] Each vessel has a top speed of 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph), a maximum sustainable speed of 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) (which gives a maximum range of 1,800 nautical miles (3,300 km; 2,100 mi)), and an endurance of 14 days.[1]

The sensor suite of a Paluma-class launch consists of a Kelvin Hughes 1007 navigational radar and Thales Petrel three-dimensional forward looking active high frequency echosounders.[2] The vessels are unarmed.[1] The standard ship's company consists of three officers and eleven sailors, although another four personnel can be accommodated.[1] The catamarans were originally painted white, but were repainted naval grey in 2002.[1]

Paluma was laid down by Eglo Engineering on 21 March 1988, launched on 6 February 1989 and commissioned into the RAN on 27 February 1989.[1] The ship was named for Paluma, Queensland.

Operational history[edit]

In January 2011, Paluma was one of three RAN vessels deployed to survey Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River for submerged debris as part of Operation Queensland Flood Assist, the Australian Defence Force response to the 2010–2011 Queensland floods.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Wertheim (ed.), The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, p. 28
  2. ^ "HMAS Paluma (IV)". Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Minesweeper joins search for river debris". ABC News. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011.