- Australia has laid down its first Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel
- The ship is on track to be launched in 2021
Keel for the first Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) has been laid down at Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide.
A coin positioning ceremony to commemorate the keel-laying was performed by Chief of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, on 10 May. The vessel has been named Arafura .
Arafura is part of an AUD3.6 billion (USD2.5 billion) contract for 12 OPVs procured under Australia's SEA 1180 Phase 1 programme. The new vessels will replace the RAN's fleet of Armidale- and Cape-class patrol boats, and also take on some duties associated with the Huon-class minehunters, and Leeuwin- and Paluma-class survey vessels.
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