A Dutch joint-venture shipbuilder in Hai Phong will produce a helicopter training vessel for the Australian Navy, news website news.com.au reported Tuesday.
The 90-meter, 2,400-DWT Aviation Training Vessel will be built by the Damen Song Cam Shipyard Co., Ltd in Hai Phong.
The company represents a joint venture between the Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards Group and Vietnam’s Song Cam Shipyard.
The ship will be leased by the Australian Navy and staffed by civilians from the DMS Maritime, the largest maritime service provider in Australia.
The deal is part of a helicopter training project being developed by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for roughly AUD1 billion (US$931 million).
The multi-function Aviation Training Vessel will provide aviation training, junior officer sea training, mine warfare training and torpedo recovery.
It will also be used to support the Australian fleet.
It is expected to be delivered in 2017.