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The SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel Project

A key element of the Australian Government’s Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Plan, the SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Project is a $3 billion, 12-vessel project that will deliver greater capability to both the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the growing Australian Defence Industry.

Australia’s new OPVs will replace the proven Armidale Class Patrol Boats, designed and built by Austal from 2005 to 2007 and currently in operation with the RAN.

The OPVs will provide the RAN with greater range and endurance and are capable of undertaking several different roles, including enhanced border protection and long-range patrol missions.

Three OPV designs from European shipbuilders Fassmer, Lurssen and Damen were shortlisted by the Australian Government under a competitive evaluation process that requires the designer to engage an Australian shipbuilder to construct the vessels in Australia.

Construction is planned to commence at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia from early 2018, where the first two OPVs will be built before transitioning to the Henderson Maritime Precinct in Western Australia when the Future Frigate (SEA5000) construction program commences in 2020.

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