Raytheon Australia Selected to Assist in Arafura Class Introduction to Service

December 3, 2020 – The Morrison Government is backing Australian industry through its up to $183 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan, with the selection of a new Capability Life Cycle Manager for the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). Raytheon Australia has been selected to initially help support the transition into service for the OPV’s, while setting the foundations for through…

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Australia Announces Names for Five OPVs

April 9, 2020 – During the ceremonial keel laying for the second Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, announced the names of the next five vessels. In these unprecedented times, observing all COVID-19 restrictions, Vice Admiral Noonan announced the names during the speech delivered virtually, via video…

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Construction commences for first Offshore Patrol Vessel in Western Australia

March 27, 2020 – The Government’s $90 billion Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program has reached a new milestone with construction on the first Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) to be built in Western Australia commencing. This will be the third of twelve Arafura class OPVs, and the first to be built at the Civmec Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. Minister for Defence,…

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New Vessels, New Approach to Sustainment

February 28, 2020 – Tenders are being sought from Australian industry for an innovative sustainment model for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), the Arafura class. The Capability Life Cycle Manager will provide specialist asset management services to support and sustain the Arafura class. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said the Request for…

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