Austal delivers first ship to vessel to US Navy

Perth-based shipbuilder Austal has delivered the first Joint Hihgh Speed Vessel to the US Navy.

Perth-based shipbuilder Austal has delivered the first Joint High Speed Vessel to the US Navy.

The USNS Spearhead was delivered yesterday as part of a $1.6 billion contract to supply the navy with vessels.

Austal CEO Andrew Bellamy said the delivery of the vessel was a significant achievement for the company.

“The delivery underlines our position as a global defence contractor and continues Austal’s worldwide legacy as the premier provider of innovative, high-speed vessels, with capabilities to construct and support these and other vessels in a global market.”

In October, the company announced it would increase its operations in Darwin as it viewed the city as a “strategic location”.

"I think that what we will see is more and more activity on the waterfront and more and more services," CEO Andrew Bellamy told the ABC.

"Whether we're actually constructing, to be honest I don't see that on the immediate horizon.

"But absolutely providing a range of maintenance logistics training and other services out of Darwin because we're the strategic location."

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