The Australian Government has listed the Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) program as a Defense Project of Concern.

The project has experienced delays in delivery of both the vessels and the associated support system with schedule delays first emerging in 2021.

The vessels are being built for the Royal Australian Navy to replace and improve upon the capability delivered by the Armidale-class patrol boats.

The OPVs are under construction at Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia and the Henderson Maritime Precinct in Western Australia.

The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions and the vessels will perform maritime patrol and response duties for the Australian Defense Force.

Defense and Lurssen Australia will work together to develop a remediation plan to help address delays to the OPV schedule.

Defense and Lurssen Australia remain committed to providing the Royal Australian Navy with this capability.

The Projects of Concern process brings senior stakeholders from Government and industry together to set out an agreed pathway to remediate listed projects.