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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HMAS Collins Surfaces

July 5, 2018 – The first of the Collins class submarines has returned to service after a boost to capability was implemented by one of Defense’s key industry partners. ASC – formerly the Australian Submarine Corporation – conducted planned maintenance onboard the Collins class in Osborne, South Australia as part of a full-cycle docking and enterprise restructure of submarine maintenance. For her crew, reassuming material control (MATCON) and responsibility for the platform represented an important milestone in her return to service. HMAS Collins’ Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant James Ferrari said…

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AWD Intellectual Property

The intellectual property for the Hobart Class family of warships has transferred to Navantia Australia, which ensures Australia now has sovereign control over our Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) capability. Minister Pyne welcomed the transfer, which coincided with the successful launch and formal naming of the third and final AWD, Sydney. “Sydney’s float off reflects a remarkable 60 per cent productivity improvement over the first ship,” Minister Pyne said. “This is in no small way due to the highly skilled workers from ASC, Raytheon Australia, Navantia Australia and Defence.” “More than…

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Australia Orders 12 OPVs Instead of Planned 20

The Turnbull Government announced November 24th Australia’s 12 (instead of 2014 announcement of 20) Offshore Patrol Vessels will be designed and built under prime contractor Lürssen. The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) project, which is worth up to $4 billion, will be delivered by Australian workers, in Australian shipyards using Australian steel. The OPVs will have an important role protecting our borders and will provide greater range and endurance than the existing patrol boat fleet. The investment in new naval capabilities such as the OPVs is a key part of the…

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