IMDEX Asia: Australias first naval shipbuilding plan launched - Shephard Media

Maritime Security

18th May 2017 - 7:00 by Tim Fish in Singapore Follow @@sweeneygov

Australia published its first ever Naval Shipbuilding Plan on 16 May detailing the programmes and infrastructure investment required to keep the Royal Australian Navy as one of the most modern and capable services over the next several decades.

It follows the Australian governments Defence White Paper, which came out in April 2016 and committed to the construction of 21 Pacific Patrol Boats, 12 OPVs, nine Future Frigates and 12 Future Submarines.

The Naval Shipbuilding Plan states there will be A$90 billion [US$66 billion] invested in new naval ships and submarines; more than A$1 billion in modern shipyard infrastructure; and more than A$25 million in workforce growth and skilling initiatives to enable the delivery of these platforms.

The project coming up for a decision first is the SEA 1180 future OPV programme, which is for 12 boats and due for second pass approval in Q3 of 2017, with a contract to be awarded at the end of the year. The boats will be built from 2018-30 and the downselected industry bidders include Dutch shipbuilder Damen, and Fassmer and Lurssen, both from Germany.

The OPVs will replace the existing Austal-built 300t Armidale patr....

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