FEATURE | Is this the near future of Australian naval shipbuilding?

This is an exciting time for Australian naval shipbuilding. Two patrol vessel programs are underway, the Anzac-class frigate midlife capability assurance program (AMCAP) is completing the first of eight ships, and Hunter-class future frigates are to start construction in 2020, running into the 2030s for nine frigates. The air warfare destroyers are joining the fleet, while in the submarine world both the Collins-class life extension and the Shortfin Barracuda projects are generating a lot of commentary but no construction contracts yet.

COLUMN | Jack-class OPV? [The Bow Wave]

Australia’s planned offshore patrol vessel procurement, known in local government and contracting circles as SEA 1180 has gone through a selection stage with a modified version of Lürssen's OPV80 being eventually selected.

FOI documents reveal $680 million overspend on Australian OPVs

A document released to Australian Senator Rex Patrick under freedom of information laws shows the Federal Government paid AU$870 million (US$680 million) above the price offered by German shipbuilder Lürssen to build 12 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Australian Navy.

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