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 keel laying ceremony represents a great naval tradition and I am honoured to be joined today by the two youngest shipbuilders in the Osborne shipyard in placing the commemorative coin…

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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 was a further demonstration of Australian industry’s ability to deliver on schedule. “This represents the ongoing success story of the Government’s $90 billion continuous shipbuilding endeavour in Australia,” said Minister…

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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 use a laser beam to measure the distance to the target, and Vidar can be used as an integral part of a surveillance or weapon system, for example in anti-aircraft…

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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 first vessel off the production line. The event included the announcement that Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels will be known as the Arafura Class, with the first vessel to be…

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