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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Program to refurbish Philippine Navy’s FAC Fleet

June 19, 2019 – The decision to acquire eight fast-attack interdictor craft missile (FAICM) is intended to replace the aging naval vessels tasked for maritime interdiction operations. Captain Jonathan Zata, Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson, made this comment when asked for the reason why the naval service is acquiring eight FAICM, with four of the ships armed with non-line of sight of missiles (NLOS), aside from the two more modern corvettes and three more Spike-ER surface-to-surface missile armed multi-purpose attack craft. “The FAICM is intended for the refleeting program of our…

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Fourth Irish OPV built to VARD 7 090 design commissioned by Irish Naval Services

May 10, 2019 – LÉ George Bernard Shaw, Ireland’s fourth P60 class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), built to the VARD 7 090 design, has been officially commissioned. The ship was built by the Babcock Appledore shipyard and is the the sixth OPV built for the Irish Naval Services using a Vard Marine design. The LÉ George Bernard Shaw will assert sovereignty over Irish territorial water including fisheries protection and marine search and rescue, as well as join her sister ships in the conduct of humanitarian work on behalf of the…

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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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Rolls-Royce wins contract to supply propulsion package for new Patrol Vessel for Malta

March 6, 2019 – Rolls-Royce has secured a contract with Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria for the supply of a marine propulsion package to a new Offshore Patrol Vessel under construction for the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). The 1800ton displacement, 74.8 meter, twin-screw vessel will feature a Rolls-Royce scope of supply that includes a pair of PROMAS controllable pitch propellers and rudders, SC722 FCP steering gear, a TT1300 bow thruster, a TT100 stern thruster, Fin Stabilisers, and a touch-screen remote control system that incorporates the novel CanMan Touch Joystick…

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First Steel Cut for Qatari OPV by Fincantieri

February 27, 2019 – The steel cutting ceremony of the first patrol vessel (OPV – Offshore Patrol Vessel)ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition program, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) yard. In the awarding of this prestigious contract, Fincantieri has prevailed over other competitors thanks to a project recognized as the most advanced and innovative of all and an experience gained in the construction of hi-tech vessels. The contract, amounting for Fincantieri to approx. 4 billion euros, envisages the supply…

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Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels

November 15, 2018 – The Royal Australian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels will be named the Arafura class, with the first ship entering service in 2022 being named HMAS Arafura. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, welcomed the announcement of the name Arafura, reflecting the strong connection between the Navy and the maritime waters it patrols. “Assigning a name to a warship is a significant milestone in the introduction of a new capability,” Minister Pyne said. “This is the first time the Australian Navy has used the name Arafura and…

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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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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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HMS Tamar is launched as HMS Medway gears up for maiden voyage

October 17, 2018 – The second of the Navy’s next-generation patrol ships makes her debut at sea next month – as the fourth ship entered the water for the first time. HMS Tamar became the latest second-generation River-class ship to be officially launched, lowered into the water at BAE System’s Govan yard, then towed three kilometers downstream to the firm’s Scotstoun facility, where fitting out takes place. There she joins Ship No.3 in the class, HMS Trent, and No.2, HMS Medway, which are both being fitted out. Medway is days…

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US Coast Guard exercises construction option for lead Offshore Patrol Cutter, long lead-time materials for second Offshore Patrol Cutter

September 28, 2018 – Today, the Coast Guard exercised contract options with Eastern Shipbuilding Group to begin construction of the lead offshore patrol cutter (OPC), Argus, and to acquire long lead-time materials for the second OPC, Chase. This milestone, which begins the construction of the lead OPC, is another major step in replacing the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of medium endurance cutters. The OPC will provide the nation with renewed capabilities in the fight against transnational organized crime and the effort to secure our maritime zones and borders. The total…

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SCANTER 6002 for RAN SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel

In May 2018 the contract signing for the SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) was successfully completed between Saab Australia and Terma Singapore for the customer, the Royal Australian Navy, (RAN). Terma is contracted to deliver the SCANTER 6002 radar for all 12 OPVs over a period of 10 years. The Lürssen designed OPVs will replace and improve upon the capability delivered by the existing Armidale Class Patrol Boats. The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions and the OPV will be the primary RAN asset for…

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Offshore Patrol Vessels

In November 2017 the Turnbull Government selected Lurssen as the prime contractor to supply 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Navy. At the time, the Turnbull Government also asked Lurssen to explore options to leverage the wider shipbuilding experience base at Henderson in Western Australia, potentially opening an option for Austal to participate in the WA build program, subject to commercial negotiations. Lurssen today announced negotiations between Austal, which have been underway since December 2017, have not been able to reach a viable commercial agreement. Minister for Defence Industry,…

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HMS Forth is officially commissioned into the Royal Navy

HMS Forth, the first of the Royal Navy’s next-generation of Offshore Patrol ships has been formally commissioned into the Fleet. Held at her home base of Portsmouth, the commissioning ceremony for HMS Forth represents the second ship to join the Royal Navy in less than six months. [smartslider3 slider=71] After the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in December, HMS Forth is the next generation of warships to arrive as part of the government’s £178bn plan to give the Armed Forces the equipment it needs over the next decade. She is…

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