ASC is subcontracted to Luerssen Australia to support the construction of the ﬁrst two OPVs at the Osborne Naval Shipyard. Luerssen Australia will build the remaining 10 OPVs with Civmec in WA.
Luerssen Australia commenced construction of the first OPV in November 2018, with ASC welding the first steel deck plate.
Once the second OPV is completed at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, in line with the requirements of the Australian Government, Luerssen Australia will transfer the program to Henderson, WA.
The Government announced in 2017 that the OPV class will be named Arafura, after the Arafura Sea in northern Australia. The class of twelve OPVs will replace the Armidale Class and Cape Class patrol boats. The primary role of the Arafura Class will be to undertake constabulary missions, maritime patrol and response duties, meeting a wide range of operational demands in territorial waters and Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
|Full load displacement||1,640 tonnes|
|Top speed||20+ knots|
|Range||4,000+ nautical miles|
|Boats||2 x 8.5 metre side launched, and 1 x 10.5 metre stern launched|