Austal launches OPV Adelaide operations

Austal Australia has confirmed the opening of its Adelaide office, which will support the design and production for the $3 billion Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program.

Officially welcoming Austal’s expansion into Adelaide were South Australian minister for Defence Industry Martin Hamilton-Smith, Senator David Fawcett, and several regional small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that are already a part of Austal’s 1000 plus Australian supply chain.

“As Australia’s largest defense exporter, it is only natural for us to have a presence in Australia’s largest naval shipbuilding hub,” said Austal CEO David Singleton.

“We are increasing our presence in Adelaide to contribute to the Government sovereign shipbuilding commitment, something that will see Australia able to design, build and export a whole range of naval vessels.

“As the only Australian shipbuilder to export defence vessels we are committed to ensuring the Naval Shipbuilding Plan is achievable.”

Austal has partnered with design company Fassmer. Combined, they offer up the only OPV project bidder with both a track record of exports from Australia and concrete plans to sell internationally.

“Our joint venture will deliver a complete transfer of intellectual property to Australia relating to the OPV 80 design, a process that will be initiated in Adelaide,” Singleton said.

“This will not only deliver jobs, but crucial skills and know-how to Australian shipbuilding.”

While the AustalFassmer Adelaide office has been established primarily to support the OPV program there will also be ongoing work from Austal Adelaide to support the Austal/ASC Frigate teaming agreement.