Philippine Navy Receives Funding for New OPV Program

The Department of Budget and Management released the initial funding worth PHP3 billion for the Philippine Navy’s (PN)’s acquisition of six offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The Special Allotment Release Order (SARO)-BMD-D-22-0004970, was released to the Department of the National Defense (DND) on Thursday, to “cover the funding requirement for the Offshore Patrol Vessel Acquisition of the Philippine Navy under the…

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Austal Australia Delivers 15th Guardian Class Patrol Boat

Austal Limited is pleased to announce Austal Australia has delivered the 15th Guardian-class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence. The vessel, Te Kukupa II, was then gifted by the Australian Government to the Cook Islands at a certificate signing ceremony held today at Austal’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. The ceremony was attended by Commodore Ivan Ingham…

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Austal to Build an Extra Two Evolved Cape-class OPVs

Austal Limited welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison April 18th, to the company’s Henderson Western Australia shipyard, where he announced the Department of Defence will order an additional two Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boats (ECCPB’s) for the Royal Australian Navy, for $124 million. Prime Minister Morrison was joined for the announcement at Austal by Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price MP; Assistance…

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Naval Group Delivers Final OPV for the Argentine Navy

The fourth and last Argentine offshore patrol boat type OPV 87, the A.R.A. Contraalmirante Cordero, was delivered today to the Argentine Navy by teams from Naval Group and Kership, a joint subsidiary of Piriou and Naval Group. The ceremony of handing over and taking command of the last ship in the series marks the completion of a successful program. The…

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Naval Group Helps Argentina Plan for OPV Maintenance

We held a meeting with representatives of the French company Naval Group and authorities of the Argentine Navy with the purpose of advancing in training for the maintenance of the four ocean patrol boats acquired from France with the same system used in the French Navy. During the meeting, the president of Tandanor Miguel Tudino said: “We appreciate that you…

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Second Evolved Cape Class Patrol Boat Launched

The Morrison Government continues to keep Australia’s borders safe while supporting jobs, with the second of six Evolved Cape Class Patrol Boats launched today at the Austal Ships shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price MP said the vessel’s launch was a demonstration of the Coalition Government’s ongoing commitment to its continuous naval shipbuilding program. “I…

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ABS AIP for VARD’s Next Generation OPV

ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to VARD Marine for its 115-meter next generation offshore patrol vessel (NGOPV) design. The VARD 7 115 NGOPV caters to a range of mission requirements, including air, surface, and sub-surface surveillance and engagement capabilities. The vessel arrangement offers a multi-mission bay and a set-down area for containerized mission payloads, with a configuration that…

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