Seahorse Standard

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Seahorse Standard docked at Stony Point, Victoria in March 2017
Name: Balder Cabot (1981–1985)
British Magnus (1985–1998)
Operator: K/S Ocean Supply AS
Builder: Marystown Shipyard, Marystown
Yard number: 29
Name: Seahorse Standard
Operator: DMS Maritime
Identification: Call sign:VNFW
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IMO number: 7623930
MMSI number: 503044000
Status: Active as of 2015
General characteristics
Displacement: 2090 tons
Length: 72 m (236 ft)
Beam: 16 m (52 ft)
Draught: 4.2 m (14 ft)
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Armament: None

Seahorse Standard is a multi-purpose vessel operated by Defence Maritime Services under contract to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).[1] She is based at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia.[2]

The vessel was engaged in March 2014 in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the South Indian Ocean where she will tow a Towed pinger locator on loan from the United States Navy.[3]

As part of Seahorse Standard's duties while based at Stirling, she was tasked as the submarine escape and rescue support vessel.[4] With the rescue ship MV Besant becoming operational in July 2015 and the planned completion of MV Stoker in early 2016, Seahorse Standard will no longer be needed for the role, and will likely be reassigned to eastern Australia.[4]

In March 2017, the Seahorse Standard was docked at the Serco Defence Southern Australia Support Group facility located in Stony Point, Victoria.


  1. ^ Wertheim (2007), pp.28–29.
  2. ^ Wilson (1994), pp. 78–79.
  3. ^ Lavrinc, Damon (March 25, 2014). "This Underwater Microphone Could Find the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet". Wired. 
  4. ^ a b Burton, Guy (16 July 2015). "Submarine search and rescue capability boosted". Navy Daily. Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 27 July 2015.