Australia has announced the build locations for 12 offshore patrol vessels (OPV) and up to 21 pacific patrol boats, in addition to nine previously announced Future Frigates as part of the government’s $40bn Naval Shipbuilding Plan.
Two shipyards have been selected to implement the naval programme with the major warships to be constructed in Adelaide and minor vessels in Henderson, Western Australia.
The Australian naval programme is expected to generate more than 2,500 jobs in the coming years along with additional jobs with suppliers.
The construction of the OPVs is scheduled to begin in 2018 in Adelaide following the completion of the air warfare destroyers and transfer to Western Australia when the Future Frigate construction begins in Adelaide in 2020.
Netherlands-based Damen and Germany’s Fassmer and Lurssen have been selected to design the new OPVs.
The OPV programme is valued at more than $3bn and is projected to secure over 400 direct jobs.
The frigates will be installed with the Australian-developed CEA Phased-Array Radar and will be built in Adelaide.
Subject to the second pass approval in 2018, the construction of Future Frigates is expected to commence in 2020.
Valued at more than $35bn, the programme is anticipated to create over 2000 jobs.
Under a combined first and second pass approval for the replacement Pacific Patrol Boats (PPBs), Austal Ships has been selected as the preferred tenderer to construct and maintain up to twenty-one replacement steel-hulled PPBs in Henderson, Western Australia.
Austal has offered to conduct support of the replacement PPBs including deep maintenance from Cairns, Queensland.
Subject to negotiations, the programme is expected to be worth more than $500m and will generate over 130 jobs.