Equipping Defence

Offshore Patrol Vessels

SEA 1180
Project Number:
SEA 1180 Phase 1
Royal Australian Navy

Project description

SEA 1180 Phase 1 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) will replace and improve upon the capability delivered by the thirteen Armidale Class Patrol Boats, by acquiring 12 new vessels. The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions and the OPV will be the primary ADF asset for maritime patrol and response duties. A Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP) commenced in late 2015 and concluded with the signing of a contract with Luerssen Australia on 31 January 2018.

A Request for Tender (RFT) was released to Fassmer, Damen and Luerssen on 30 November 2016. The Government announced Luerssen as the preferred tenderer on 24 November 2017. Luerssen will maintain a highly skilled Australian shipbuilding workforce to support future Australian shipbuilding programs utilising ASC and West Australian shipbuilders. Commencing in 2018, two OPVs will be built in South Australia and the remaining ten vessels will be built in Western Australia commencing in 2020. 

Deliverable Achieved/
Initial Pass 2015 OPV Program was brought forward by two years with the commencement of the CEP.
Government First Pass Approval Achieved April 2016 Government announced that construction of the OPV will begin in South Australian in 2018 and transition to Western Australian when the Future Frigate build commences.
Three designers which were short listed being:
- Damen of the Netherlands
- Fassmer of Germany
- Luerssen of Germany.
RFT Release / Close November 2016 / March 2017 Evaluations completed
Government Second Pass
(Gate Two) Approval
24 November 2017 Down-selection to one designer. Government Second Pass Approval achieved.
Contract Signature 31 January 2018  Contract signed with Luerssen Australia.
Commence Construction in Adelaide Q4 2018 For the first of two OPVs.
First Vessel Delivery Q4 2021

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Government Announcements

Win for workers as Offshore Patrol Vessel contract signed  - 31 January 2018
Prime Minister, Minister for Defence and Minister for Defence Industry - Hundreds of Australian jobs created in Offshore Patrol Vessel project - 25 November 2017
Offshore Patrol Vessels Request for Tender released – 30 November 2016 
Minister for Defence Industry's opening speech at the Adelaide industry briefing - 31 October 2016
Continuous Naval Shipbuilding, Government First Pass for OPVs – 18 April 2016

Bringing forward the Offshore Patrol Vessel Program – 4 August 2015

Tender information 

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