The Turnbull Government today announces Australia’s 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels will be designed and built under prime contractor Lürssen of Germany.
The Offshore Patrol Vessel project, which is worth up to $4 billion, will be delivered by Australian workers, in Australian shipyards using Australian steel.
The Navy’s new OPVs will be the Lürssen design using ASC Shipbuilding in Adelaide for the construction of the first two ships.
The project will then transfer to the Henderson Maritime Precinct in WA where Lürssen will use the capabilities of Austal and Civmec to build ten OPVs, subject to the conclusion of commercial negotiations.
The first OPVs will commence production in the fourth quarter of next year.
OPVs will have an important role protecting our borders and will provide greater range and endurance than the existing patrol-boat fleet.
OPVs will allow the Navy to undertake more extensive operations and protect resources over greater distances and in more complex maritime environments.
This announcement is the next stage in Australia’s National Shipbuilding Plan and will directly employ up to 1000 Australian workers – 400 direct and a further 600 in the supply chain.