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  • 21 January 2014
    Industry news

    Austal held a keel-laying ceremony for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s (ACBPS) fifth Cape Class Patrol Boat, the Cape Jervis, on 17 January 2014.   The Cape Class Patrol Boats Contract, which includes design, construction and through-life support of eight 58- meter patrol boats, was awarded to Austal in August 2011. National Director […]

  • 17 January 2014
    Industry news

    USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) hit the water successfully at Austal USA on January 16, 2014.   The high-speed catamaran, which is part of a 10-ship program worth over USD 1.6 billion, was recently christened at Austal shipyard. The launching was a multi-step process. The ship was first tranferred from the Assembly Bay 3 onto […]

  • 7 January 2014
    Industry news

    Austal launched the Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCBP), Cape Byron, at its facility in Henderson, Australia today (January 7th, 2014). The ship was launched 4 weeks ahead of schedule, exactly 1 year after launching of the first boat of the class, Cape St George. The ship has been lowered into the water, using Austal’s slipway […]

  • 16 December 2013
    Industry news

    The future USS Jackson (LCS 6) launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 14, marking an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program. Jackson joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which will launch from the Marinette Marine Corp. yard in Wisconsin next week. These ships are the first vessels […]

  • 15 August 2013
    Industry news

    Demonstrating the rapid progress of the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program, Austal hosted the keel-laying ceremony on August 14th for the third vessel, Cape Nelson, one of eight 56-metre patrol boats that Austal is designing, building and supporting for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Keel-laying traditionally marks the first significant milestone in a […]

  • 26 June 2013
    Industry news

    U.S. Navy and Austal USA held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Montgomery, the Navy’s eighth littoral combat ship (LCS), June 25, in Mobile, Ala. The keel-laying ceremony recognizes the first joining together of a ship’s components. While modern shipbuilding processes allow fabrication of individual modules to begin months earlier, keel laying represents […]

  • 21 May 2013
    Industry news

    The keel laying and authentication ceremony for the future USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) was held at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., May 20. Mrs. Diane Patrick, the First Lady of Massachusetts and ship sponsor, served as the keel authenticator. “The keel laying is a major milestone in bringing a ship to life,” […]

  • 16 May 2013

    General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a contract by Austal USA to be the Platform Systems Engineering Agent (PSEA) of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) 14 and 16. These are the fifth and sixth ships of the Independence-variant LCS to be ordered by the U.S. Navy under a 10-ship block buy contract awarded in […]

  • 14 May 2013
    Industry news

    Austal continues to demonstrate its commitment to enhancing its support offering to the United States Navy and other navies active in the Asia-Pacific region, announcing new strategic partnerships with regional shipyards at the IMDEX Asia defence exhibition in Singapore this week. Following on from the strategic partnership with Singapore’s Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd announced in […]

  • 3 May 2013
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    GE is providing 20 LM2500 gas turbines for the Austal USA LCS program, part of a contract for up to 10 ships over a five-year period. The Austal-built LCSs are powered by two LM2500s arranged in a combined diesel or gas turbine configuration with two diesel engines. According to Austal, Coronado (LCS 4) will complete […]

  • 22 April 2013
    Industry news

    Austal christened USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) this morning (20 April) at its state-of-the-art shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. USNS Millinocket is the third of ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship contract worth over $1.6 billion. The 338-foot (103 metre) catamaran vessel was named […]

  • 28 March 2013
    Industry news

    Austal, the Australian-headquartered global leader specialising in the design, construction and maintenance of high-performance vessels for defence and commercial purposes, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Unithai Shipyard and Engineering, Thailand’s premier shipyard. The MOU strengthens the companies’ cooperation and collaboration in sharing expertise and providing high-quality ship repair services to support defence […]

  • 18 March 2013
    Industry news

    The United States Department of Defense has announced that Austal USA has been awarded a US$19.987 million modification to a previously awarded Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contract. The modification exercises options for class service efforts and special studies, analyses and reviews for the LCS program. Austal USA will assess engineering and production challenges, and evaluate […]

  • 15 March 2013
    Industry news

    Austal announced that the first-in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat has been officially named the Cape St George during a ceremony held at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia today. Cape St George is the first of eight new boats being built by Austal for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a design, construct […]

  • 22 January 2013
    Industry news, Training & Education

    Leading defence prime contractor Austal, and leading repair, conversion and maintenance shipyard Sembawang Shipyard Pte. Ltd. (a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, Singapore), have entered into a strategic partnership to provide market-leading sustainment capability to the US Navy. Austal and Sembawang Shipyard believe the partnership provides an important resource to the US Navy and other defence […]

  • 17 January 2013
    Industry news

    Austal today welcomed a high profile defence delegation, including the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Defence, to its Western Australian facility. The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, the UK Secretary of State for Defence, was accompanied by Australia’s Minister for Defence, the Hon Stephen Smith, MP; Australia’s Chief of Defence Force, General David Hurley, […]

  • 15 January 2013

    The United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) has extended the charter of the Austal high speed vessel WestPac Express for six months with the award of a US$7.0 million modification to the contract announced in December 2011. This modification exercises the second of three six-month charter options in the contract. The first was exercised […]

  • 14 January 2013
    Industry news

    Austal announced the launch of the first-in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat during a ceremony with staff and suppliers at the company’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia on January 7. The vessel is the first of eight new boats being built by Austal for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a design, construct and […]

  • 26 December 2012
    Industry news

    Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $166,881,824 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-2217) to exercise the construction option for Joint High Speed Vessel 10. Contract funds in the amount of $166,881,824 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval […]

  • 12 December 2012
    Industry news

    Austal has appointed Graham Backhouse to the position of General Manager of its Henderson Shipyard Operations (HSO) in Australia. Austal’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Bellamy, said Mr Backhouse would bring considerable value to the operation, which is now focussed on the design and manufacture of naval and paramilitary vessels for the Australian and international markets. […]

  • 25 October 2012
    Industry news

    On October 5, 2012, Austal completed main engine light off of the two MTU 9,100kW 20V 8000 M71 propulsion diesel engines and the two 22,000kW GE LM2500 gas turbine engines on the 127-meter Littoral Combat Ship Coronado (LCS 4). The light-off of the main engines follows the fuel load and the testing of all four […]

  • 19 October 2012
    Training & Education

    Austal held a keel-laying ceremony today for the third Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – Jackson (LCS 6), one of five Austal-designed 127-metre US Navy Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships under contract with the US Navy. Dr. Katherine Holmes Cochran, the ship’s sponsor, was present to weld her initials onto the keel plate as the Keel […]

  • 10 October 2012
    Training & Education

    Michael Little has joined Austal as Regional Service Manager – Asia. Based in Singapore, Mr. Little will be responsible for Austal’s support offering in Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines and for developing relationships in the broader region. Mr. Little has considerable experience in the Asia-Pacific ship repair industry and direct expertise supporting US Navy […]

  • 4 October 2012
    Industry news

    Recognising the growing significance of Asia Pacific to United States and Australian defence forces, Austal has entered into agreements to substantially expand its capability in Darwin, Australia through the acquisition of Hydraulink NT and its associated business KM Engineering (HKME). HKME is a leading engineering service provider in northern Australia with well-established operations supporting the […]

  • 3 October 2012
    Industry news

    On October 1, 2012, Austal USA successfully completed the launch process of the second Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), the recently christened USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2). This 103-metre high-speed catamaran represents the US Department of Defense’s next generation multi-use platform. It is part of a 10-ship program potentially worth over US$1.6 billion. Brian Leathers, […]

  • 20 August 2012
    Industry news

    The United States Military Sealift Command (MSC) has exercised the first of three six months options for the ongoing charter of the Austal high speed vessel “WestPac Express”. The option forms part of a 24 month contract that Austal was awarded in December 2011. Austal Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Bellamy, said: “It is a great […]