Steel for the first offshore patrol vessel (OPV) acquired under Australia's SEA 1180 Phase 1 programme has been cut, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Minister of Defence Christopher Pyne announced in a joint statement on 3 October.
It was cut by Civmec, which has been subcontracted by Lürssen Australia to process and supply the steel that will be used for all 12 vessels in the programme.
The first two ships will be built by government-owned ASC Shipbuilding in Adelaide, while subsequent hulls will be manufactured by a Lürssen-led collaboration at the Hendersen Maritime Precinct in Western Australia.
The SEA 1180 Phase 1 OPVs have been acquired to replace the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) fleet of 13 Armidale-class patrol boats that have been in service since the mid-2000s.
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