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. 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 the first…

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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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Damen Submits Tender for 12 Australian OPVs

April 6, 2017 – Damen Shipyards Group has submitted a tender for the SEA 1180 Phase 1 Project to deliver twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels to the Royal Australian Navy. To demonstrate its commitment to on time and within specification delivery Damen submitted its response early. Damen has teamed with ASC Forgacs Shipbuilding, a joint venture established to build the initial two ships in South Australia and further 10 in Western Australia, to compete for the foundation project of Australia’s continuous Naval shipbuilding enterprise. The joint venture is already investing in…

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Civmec Joins Forces with ASC for RAN OPV Proposal

March 20, 2017 – Australia-based Civmec Ltd, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Forgacs Marine and Defence Pty Ltd, today announced it has entered a Memorandum of Understanding with ASC Shipbuilding Pty Ltd to jointly bid for the build of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). ASC Shipbuilding and Forgacs were jointly chosen by two of the three shortlisted designers to work with them on the tender for the Commonwealth Government’s OPV program, known as Project SEA 1180. B.V. Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem of the Netherlands and…

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Armscor Announces Preferred Bidders for Inshore and Offshore Patrol Vessels

February 16, 2017 – During 2014, Armscor solicited offers on a multi-source tender basis from prospective shipyards for the supply of 3 x Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV’s), 3 x Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPV’s) as well as the Hydrographic Survey Capability for the SA Navy. The Requests for Offer contained a critical criteria, which included amongst others meeting the imperatives of Operation Phakisa with respect to local content. On 15 February 2017, Armscor appointed the following preferred bidders, subject to the successful negotiation of detailed technical and commercial conditions with the…

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