Construction and welding of steel has begun for the fourth of twelve OPVs for the Sea 1180 program in Henderson, WA.
Luerssen Australia is partnering with Civmec in Henderson Western Australia to build 10 OPVs. The first two OPVs are currently under construction by ASC in Osborne South Australia.
Luerssen Australia Chairman Tim Wagner said it was a great honour to be responsible for the delivery of the program and to be partnering with great Australian companies.
“This is a momentous day for both Luerssen Australian and Australia’s naval shipbuilding sector; a partnership with the Australian Government and local industry that points to a bright future.”
‘We are proud to be part of this nation’s shipbuilding capacity, and to ensure that Luerssen design and technology can be married with the best of Australian industry capability," Wagner said.
“Together with Civmec, we take seriously our responsibility to deliver the 12 superior vessels to the Royal Australian Navy," Civmec Chairman James Fitzgerald said. “Today’s milestone, is another reminder that the construction of the Arafura Class represents an opportunity for Australia’s defence industry."