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 a warship is a significant milestone in the introduction of a new capability,” Minister Pyne said. “This is the first time the Australian Navy has used the name Arafura and…

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OPV construction commences

November 15, 2018 – In a momentous day for Australia’s national shipbuilding endeavor, construction has commenced on the Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels at Osborne in South Australia. The Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the multi-billion dollar project will see 12 OPVs delivered. The OPVs will have an important role protecting our borders and will provide greater range and endurance than the existing patrol boat fleet. “The OPV project is expected to create up to 1000 direct and indirect jobs,” said Minister Pyne. The first two…

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Steel Cut for First RAN OPV

October 23, 2018 – Australia has hit a key milestone in its landmark naval shipbuilding program with the first steel cut for the country’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). This is the next step in our nation’s $90 billion naval shipbuilding program that will keep Australia safe and deliver jobs for generations around the country. Our plan for an even stronger economy means using Australian steel, Australian workers and investing in Australia’s skills base. Australian steel is being used for all 12 OPVs and after being prepared and processed in…

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HMS Tamar is launched as HMS Medway gears up for maiden voyage

October 17, 2018 – The second of the Navy’s next-generation patrol ships makes her debut at sea next month – as the fourth ship entered the water for the first time. HMS Tamar became the latest second-generation River-class ship to be officially launched, lowered into the water at BAE System’s Govan yard, then towed three kilometers downstream to the firm’s Scotstoun facility, where fitting out takes place. There she joins Ship No.3 in the class, HMS Trent, and No.2, HMS Medway, which are both being fitted out. Medway is days…

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US Coast Guard exercises construction option for lead Offshore Patrol Cutter, long lead-time materials for second Offshore Patrol Cutter

September 28, 2018 – Today, the Coast Guard exercised contract options with Eastern Shipbuilding Group to begin construction of the lead offshore patrol cutter (OPC), Argus, and to acquire long lead-time materials for the second OPC, Chase. This milestone, which begins the construction of the lead OPC, is another major step in replacing the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of medium endurance cutters. The OPC will provide the nation with renewed capabilities in the fight against transnational organized crime and the effort to secure our maritime zones and borders. The total…

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SCANTER 6002 for RAN SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel

In May 2018 the contract signing for the SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) was successfully completed between Saab Australia and Terma Singapore for the customer, the Royal Australian Navy, (RAN). Terma is contracted to deliver the SCANTER 6002 radar for all 12 OPVs over a period of 10 years. The Lürssen designed OPVs will replace and improve upon the capability delivered by the existing Armidale Class Patrol Boats. The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions and the OPV will be the primary RAN asset for…

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Offshore Patrol Vessels

In November 2017 the Turnbull Government selected Lurssen as the prime contractor to supply 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Navy. At the time, the Turnbull Government also asked Lurssen to explore options to leverage the wider shipbuilding experience base at Henderson in Western Australia, potentially opening an option for Austal to participate in the WA build program, subject to commercial negotiations. Lurssen today announced negotiations between Austal, which have been underway since December 2017, have not been able to reach a viable commercial agreement. Minister for Defence Industry,…

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HMS Forth is officially commissioned into the Royal Navy

HMS Forth, the first of the Royal Navy’s next-generation of Offshore Patrol ships has been formally commissioned into the Fleet. Held at her home base of Portsmouth, the commissioning ceremony for HMS Forth represents the second ship to join the Royal Navy in less than six months. [smartslider3 slider=71] After the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in December, HMS Forth is the next generation of warships to arrive as part of the government’s £178bn plan to give the Armed Forces the equipment it needs over the next decade. She is…

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GSL Delivers Second AOPV to Sri Lankan Navy Ahead of Schedule

Continuing with its unparalleled track record of delivering ships ahead of contractual schedule in last 4 years, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has once again delivered second Sri Lanka Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (SL AOPV) of Sri Lankan Navy ceremoniously at Vaddem, Vasco da Gama yesterday, 25 days ahead of schedule. The vessel will be the largest and most advanced ship in the Sri Lankan Navy fleet. This is the fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) delivered in the current financial year. The ceremony was attended by High Commissioner of Sri Lanka…

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New Offshore Patrol Vssel Christened HMS Trent

HMS Trent, the third of the Royal Navy’s five new Offshore Patrol Vessels, has been formally named at the Glasgow shipyard where she was built. Within the next few days the 90-metre warship, which is the third to be named following HMS Forth and HMS Medway, will take to the water for the first time and make the short journey across the Clyde from Govan to Scotstoun where she will be fitted out for sea trials. The ship’s sponsor, Mrs Pamela Potts, officially named the ship by pressing a button to…

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Win for workers as Offshore Patrol Vessel contract signed

The multi-billion dollar Offshore Patrol Vessel project is on track after the signing of a contract with Lürssen. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the contract with Lürssen to lead the design and build is worth at least $3 billion for 12 OPVs. “This contract signature demonstrates the Turnbull Government’s commitment to keeping on schedule and supporting Australian industry,” said Minister Pyne. “The vessels will be delivered by Australian workers, in Australian shipyards using Australian steel.” “The project will create around 1000 jobs – 400 direct…

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Damen’s Leading Position in Global OPV Market

Damen Shipyards Group has compiled a comprehensive summary of its worldwide shipbuilding activities regarding Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). The information shows that, with five vessels delivered in the last year and 15 currently under construction, Damen has unrivalled experience in serving the naval industry with its OPV portfolio. Moreover, the company is just as capable of completing complex naval projects in cooperation with local shipyards as it is in constructing vessels at its own yards. OPVs are playing an increasingly significant role in modern naval operations. They offer a versatile…

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