Sea Platforms

Australia completes keel section of first Arafura-class OPV

24 March 2019

Key Points

  • ASC has completed the keel section of the first Sea 1180 vessel on time, and within budget
  • The Royal Australian Navy is on track to receive its first Arafura-class OPV in 2021

Australian shipyard ASC has completed the keel of the first Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), the country's Minister of Defence, Christopher Pyne, announced on 21 March.

The keel, which consists of more than 50 tonnes of steel, was constructed at ASC's Osborne Naval Shipyard. Construction work thus far is on time and on budget, said Pyne, adding that the milestone further demonstrates the Australian defence industry's ability to deliver such projects on schedule.

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