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 will conclude with Second Pass Government approval in the third quarter of 2017.

A Request for Tender (RFT) was released  to Fassmer, Damen and Luerssen on 30 November 2016 that will see successful Tenderer team with an Australian Shipbuilder. The successful Tenderer will build all OPVs in Australia. 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 Nov 16 / Q1 2017 Project on track to commence evaluations in order to meet Government Second Pass Approval.
Government Second Pass
(Gate Two) Approval
2017 Completion of CEP and down-selection to one designer.
Commence Construction in Adelaide 2018 For the first two OPVs.
First Vessel Delivery 2021

SEA 5000 and SEA 1180 Fact Sheet

Australian businesses can register their interest in Defence shipbuilding programs by completing the Centre for Defence Industry Capability form.


Find out more and register for the Naval Shipbuilding Industry Briefings in April and May 2017.

Government Announcements

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

Available tenders

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