Boomeranger RHIBs for Arafura Class

October 9, 2019 – The Commonwealth of Australia has signed a contract today with Boomeranger Boats to supply the sea boats for the Arafura Class OPVs. Under the contract Boomeranger shall deliver two davit launched 8,5 meter Fast Rescue Boats and one 10,5 meter ramp-launched Special Operations Boat for each of the OPVs. Both boats are Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats…

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First Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel Keel Laid

May 10, 2018 – The first Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel has reached a significant milestone today with the ceremonial keel laying at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide. Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN positioned a coin to commemorate the laying of the keel for the first vessel to be named Arafura. “The…

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Arafura Class Milestone

March 21, 2019 – The keel of the first Arafura class offshore patrol vessel has officially been constructed on time and on budget. More than 50 tonnes of Australian steel has been assembled at Osborne Naval Shipyard, satisfying the contractual requirement for keel construction of the lead ship. The Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the milestone…

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Saab Launches New Laser Rangefinder Vidar

December 14, 2018 – Saab launches a new laser rangefinder named Vidar, which combines compact size with powerful performance. Vidar is currently in production for the Situational Awareness System that Saab will deliver for Australia’s new Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels. Lurssen Australia awarded Saab the contract for the Situational Awareness System in April 2018, as Saab previously announced. Rangefinders…

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Construction begins on Arafura Class patrol vessels

November 15, 2018 – Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, joined staff from Navy’s Construction Branch in Adelaide today to mark the start of construction of the first of 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). RADM Hammond attended the Osborne Naval Shipyard to see the welding of the first two component blocks which will form part of the…

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