Trinidad & Tobago Order Two Cape Class

August 16, 2019 – Austal Limited (Austal) (ASX: ASB) is pleased to announce it has signed a contract worth approximately A$126 million to construct two Cape Class Patrol Boats (CCPB) for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (GORTT). The vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2020. Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the award of the contract confirmed an important defense export opportunity for Austal and consequent workflow for the Company’s Henderson operations. “It is important to acknowledge that the Royal Australian Navy…

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Austal Delivers Fourth Guardian Class Patrol Boat

August 16, 2019 – Austal Limited (Austal) (ASX: ASB) is pleased to announce the on-time delivery of the fourth Guardian Class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence. The vessel was today gifted by the Government of Australia to the Government of Samoa during a handover ceremony at Austal’s Henderson shipyard, attended by the Samoan Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Flame Naomi Mata’afe and Commissioner of Police, Mr Fuiavailili Egon Lincoln Keil. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Melissa Price MP, represented the Government of Australia. “This is…

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Stability tested after Arunta AMCAP upgrade

May 20, 2019 – For those who go to sea there is nothing as critical as understanding the stability of the ship as it encounters all the forces that ocean and weather can bring to bear in combination. Therefore, after more than a year out of the water as part of her Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade, HMAS Arunta (II) has undertaken an inclining experiment at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia to test stability. An inclining experiment is a test performed on a ship to determine its stability, lightship…

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First Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel Keel Laid

May 10, 2018 – The first Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel has reached a significant milestone today with the ceremonial keel laying at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide. Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN positioned a coin to commemorate the laying of the keel for the first vessel to be named Arafura. “The keel laying ceremony represents a great naval tradition and I am honoured to be joined today by the two youngest shipbuilders in the Osborne shipyard in placing the commemorative coin…

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Henderson Shipside Support Tower

November 30, 2018 – The Henderson maritime precinct in Western Australia has received a major boost with the opening of a new Shipside Support Tower. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, today announced the opening of the facility at the BAE Systems Australia-owned shipyard. The project created 50 jobs and cost $6.4 million and shows yet again how important Henderson is as a shipbuilding and maintenance hub. The Tower is five stories high and incorporates gangway facilities in…

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Austal Delivers First Guardian Class OPV

November 30, 2018 – AUSTAL (today delivered the first Guardian Class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence and then in a handover ceremony, presented the vessel to the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government. The “Ted Diro” is the first of 21 GCPBs to be gifted to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste under the Commonwealths Pacific Maritime Security Program. “Austal are proud to deliver this program for the Commonwealth of Australia. The Guardian Class has brought together the industry-leading skills of over 200 Austal employees, and estimated…

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HMAS Arunta Undocked After Major Upgrade

December 1, 2018 – After more than a year out of the water as part of her Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade, HMAS Arunta has undocked at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia. The upgrade, being implemented by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA), includes significant improvements to major platform systems such as the communications center, and the replacement of the ship’s long range air search radar. Arunta Acting Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Aaron Scott, said having the ship back in the water was the culmination of thousands of hours…

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New mast for HMAS Arunta

November 7, 2018 – HMAS Arunta’s new mast has been installed in a major milestone as part of the ship’s Mid Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) being undertaken at BAE Systems Australia’s Henderson facility. The new mast was manufactured by BAE Systems as part of the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) between BAE Systems, SAAB Australia, Naval Ship Management (NSM) and the Commonwealth of Australia. Around 650 people are currently working on the upgrade of the Anzac frigate fleet, including 400 BAE Systems Australia employees. The mast installation is one…

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Steel Cut for First RAN OPV

October 23, 2018 – Australia has hit a key milestone in its landmark naval shipbuilding program with the first steel cut for the country’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). This is the next step in our nation’s $90 billion naval shipbuilding program that will keep Australia safe and deliver jobs for generations around the country. Our plan for an even stronger economy means using Australian steel, Australian workers and investing in Australia’s skills base. Australian steel is being used for all 12 OPVs and after being prepared and processed in…

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BAE Systems Australia welcomes third ANZAC class ship to Henderson

September 10, 2018 – BAE Systems Australia has welcomed a third ANZAC class warship to its Henderson facility as part of the fleet upgrade to keep the ships in service until they are replaced by the Hunter class frigates. The Mid Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade is being undertaken at Henderson by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance. HMAS Anzac’s docking marks a significant milestone for BAE Systems, where it joins sister ships Perth and Arunta. This will be the first time that three warships have been on…

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Austal Celebrates 30 Years by Commencing First of Class PPB-R Trials

August 9, 2019 – Austal today celebrated 30 years of successfully delivering shipbuilding programs by commencing the sea trials for the first Guardian Class, Pacific Patrol Boat. The PPB-R program will see 21 Austal designed and built patrol boats gifted by the Commonwealth to the Pacific Island Nations. “We could not have had a better way to celebrate Austal’s 30th birthday, then by successfully meeting another milestone in the PPB-R program. The PPB-R program is a reflection of Austal’s 30 years in designing and building next-generation technologically advanced vessels. As…

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Austal Launches First of PPB-R

Austal Limited (Austal) announced May 29th that the first of 21 Guardian Class, Pacific Patrol Boats (PPB-R) has been launched just two years after the contract was awarded, keeping with the schedule and budget for the project. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery to Papua New Guinea in late October 2018. “Austal is proud to be delivering the PPB-R program for the Commonwealth. This is the first steel ship program we have managed and we are doing so on time and on budget” Austal CEO, David Singleton said. “It…

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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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