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Women and men at work celebrate new keel downunder

The Naval Shipbuilding College has congratulated ASC and Luerssen Australia on the construction of the first keel for the Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels Program.
22 March 2019

Production of the first two Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) has begun in South Australia, as part of the Government’s $90 billion continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program.


The College’s Bill Docalovich said it was an important milestone to build the high-tech steel keel on time and on budget.


“There probably hasn’t been this much excitement in Australia over a single maritime keel since Australia II won the America’s Cup,’’ he said.


The program will move to Henderson in Western Australia in 2020, where the final 10 OPVs will be built by Civmec in partnership with Luerssen Australia.


It’s estimated the $3.6 billion program will create around 1000 direct and in-direct jobs.


The OPVs will enter service in 2022 to replace the Armidale class Patrol Boats and lead the Australian Defence Force’s maritime patrol and response duties.


Accommodating 60 personnel, they will be fitted with a 40mm gun, three 8.4m sea boats, a command and communication systems and will be able to accept unmanned aerial systems.


The Naval Shipbuilding College was established to develop the highly skilled national workforce needed to implement the Australian Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan.


A Workforce Register has been established to support students, workers from adjacent industries or career changers to upskill through education and training providers.


It also helps candidates seize the professional career opportunities available in naval shipbuilding by connecting them with future employers.

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