The Australian Maritime Alliance (AMA), a joint venture of Serco and Civmec, has announced a collaboration with IMC Naval Architects (IMC) to support the Australian Army’s LAND 8710 Phase 1A. 

As part of the partnership, AMA will deliver its modernised ‘Oboe’ design for the Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel – Medium (LMV-M).

As an Australian naval architecture and marine engineering consultant, IMC will support the LAND 8710 programme with its portfolio of local skills and experience.

IMC Naval Architect managing director Justin McPherson said: “As an independent Australian design house based in Fremantle, we are proud to partner with AMA and leverage our 25 years practical ship design experience, including a range of commercial landing craft designs for operations in Australia’s northern waters.

The amphibious vessel ‘Oboe’ comprises a through-deck design that will support the Army with flexible load/offload options and quicker ramp-to-ramp operations with amphibious and sealift ships.

Oboe’s three deck design with large full-width compartments will facilitate crew accommodation and engineering spaces.

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This will also make space for 200m² of useable vehicle deck for mixed load configurations.

The vessel will support the personnel with quality seakeeping and load carrying capabilities.

Serco Defence managing director Clint Thomas said: “Partnering with IMC demonstrates the importance of maximising Australian industry capability while drawing upon Serco’s global shipbuilding expertise to ensure AMA delivers the best possible solutions and advancements for the Australian Defence Force.

“Essentially, we are bringing together a national team to deploy the skills and strengths of Australian Industry, reflecting a rigorously developed strategy to deliver sustained SME growth and professionalisation.”