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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Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels

November 15, 2018 – The Royal Australian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels will be named the Arafura class, with the first ship entering service in 2022 being named HMAS Arafura. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, welcomed the announcement of the name Arafura, reflecting the strong connection between the Navy and the maritime waters it patrols. “Assigning a name to…

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