Cutting of steel marks shipbuilding milestone
Major milestones have been achieved in Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry in recent months.
In October the first steel was cut for the country’s new Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels, marking the start of the 30 year Naval Shipbuilding Program.
Prepared and processed in Western Australia the steel was delivered to South Australia where the first two ships are being built by ASC Shipbuilding, next door to the College’s head office at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, before construction for the other 10 moves to Civmec at Henderson in 2020.
Just last month Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne laid the first weld to kick off the production phase.
The vessels were named after the Arafura Sea, recognising the prominence of the Navy’s enduring operations in the northern approaches to Australia to protect our national interests, natural resources and maritime borders.
The Naval Shipbuilding College is excited to be taking a lead role in establishing the sovereign workforce that will build and sustain these world class ships.
Packed with state of the art sensors as well as command and communication systems, they’ll support the Australian Border Force, our Defence Forces and regional partners.