In one other thrilling growth for the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Program, development has formally began on OPV 6 (NUSHIP Carpentaria (OPV 208)). The primary piece of metal has been reduce in Henderson, WA, for what can be often called HMAS Carpentaria. Luerssen Australia now has six vessels below development in South Australia and Western Australia. General, Luerssen Australia will ship 12 OPVs to the Royal Australian Navy. The Arafura class is a category of offshore patrol vessels being constructed for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Initially proposed within the 2009 Defence White Paper and marked as procurement mission SEA 1180, it was initially deliberate that 20 Offshore Combatant Vessels (OCV) would exchange 26 vessels throughout 4 separate ship lessons: the Armidale-class patrol boats, the Huon-class minehunters, the Leeuwin-class survey vessels, and the Paluma-class survey motor launches.

Luerssen Australia Chief Government Officer, Jens Nielsen, mentioned,”This represented one other vital achievement within the Program. The graduation of development on OPV 6, is one other pivotal level within the Arafura Class OPV Program. It’s a testomony to the efforts of everybody concerned within the Program that development is underway on vessel quantity six, as we proceed to work on 5 different vessels throughout two websites in Osborne and Henderson. We’re extraordinarily pleased with the progress we now have made on the Program, and there’s no doubt the energy of our sovereign provide chain has been important in serving to us obtain this milestone. By supporting native suppliers, we’re serving to develop their capabilities which is making a extra strong provide chain.”


Luerssen Commences First Metal Slicing of Sixth Arafura-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (Picture by Luerssen Australia)

The Arafura-class relies on the Lürssen-designed Darussalam-class, operated by the Royal Brunei Navy. 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 ships can be deployed with empty house out there to put in container-mounted techniques reminiscent of plane help and sensors. The usual crew complement is 40 sailors, although as much as 20 extra might be berthed if required. Shipboard armament was initially supposed to be a single Hurricane Weapon Station and two 12.7 mm weapons.

Luerssen Australia is a subsidiary of NVL Group. NVL stands for Naval Vessels Lürssen and is an unbiased, privately owned group of famend Northern German shipyards and associated corporations, previously often called Lürssen Defence. Collectively, the shipyards of NVL Group have accomplished greater than 1,000 naval and coastguard vessels since their beginnings within the late 1870s and have constructed and repaired ships for each the German Navy and fleets in over 50 international locations. In Might 2017, in pursuit of the SEA 1180 contract and regional export alternatives, NVL Group predecessor Lürssen based a subsidiary firm, Luerssen Australia. The corporate helps Australia’s nationwide sovereign shipbuilding technique and operates from the Australian Marine Advanced in Henderson, Western Australia.

Luerssen Commences First Steel Cutting of Sixth Arafura-class Offshore Patrol Vessel
Luerssen Commences First Metal Slicing of Sixth Arafura-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (Picture by Luerssen Australia)