Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Program has reached one other milestone, with the keel laying for its fifth offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in Henderson, Western Australia. A coin was positioned below the keel of OPV 5 (Illawarra) – the primary of many traditions for a Navy ship. Luerssen Australia, the prime shipbuilding contractor, will ship 12 offshore patrol vessels to the Royal Australian Navy. The primary two vessels had been constructed on the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia. The remaining 10 vessels can be constructed at Henderson Maritime Precinct in Western Australia, with the construct of 4 ships already underway. Luerssen Australia is using Australian staff, in Australian shipyards, utilizing Australian metal to offer the Royal Australian Navy the vessels it wants for the long run.

“A keel laying is a vital naval custom that brings good luck to the construct of the ship and the lifetime of the vessel. We welcome this main milestone within the supply of Australia’s future Arafura class offshore patrol vessels. This program will contribute to steady naval shipbuilding, creating Australian jobs, and assuring the long-term sustainability of this key Australian trade,” Deputy Secretary of Nationwide Naval Shipbuilding, Tony Dalton stated.


“The occasion showcased the improbable progress being made on this system. I’m extraordinarily happy with the folks in our firm and the keel laying milestone is testomony to the exhausting work and dedication of everybody concerned,” Luerssen Australia CEO, Jens Nielsen stated.

The Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel Program continues to go from energy to energy, with the keel laying ceremony held for the fifth vessel.

The Arafura-class is predicated on the Lürssen-designed Darussalam-class, operated by the Royal Brunei Navy.[1] Every vessel has a gross displacement of 1,640 tonnes, and measures 80 metres (260 ft) lengthy, with a beam of 13 metres (43 ft) and a draft of 4 metres (13 ft). Propulsion energy is from two MTU 16V diesel engines rated at 4,440 kilowatts (5,950 hp) every, which drive variable pitch propellers and provides a high velocity of twenty-two knots (25 mph), and shipboard electrical energy is generated by MAN diesel engines. The ship’s vary is about 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km), with an endurance of 21 days. The usual crew complement is 40 sailors, although as much as 20 extra might be berthed if required.

The primary two vessels can be constructed by ASC Shipbuilding in Adelaide, South Australia earlier than manufacturing is transferred to the shipyard of Forgacs Marine & Defence, a subsidiary of Civmec, in Henderson, Western Australia. Development of the primary ship started on 15 November 2018. On that day, it was additionally introduced that the vessel can be named HMAS Arafura, and the category the Arafura-class patrol vessels.On 9 April 2020 the second ship within the class, HMAS Eyre, was laid down at ASC’s shipyard. The names of the next 4 ships had been additionally introduced right now: HMA Ships Pilbara, Gippsland, Illawara and Carpentaria. Defence funding in a sovereign Naval Shipbuilding and Sustainment Enterprise will help as much as 15,000 Australian jobs by the top of the last decade.