[13], While designing the Independence-class trimarans for the Littoral Combat Ship program, Australian-owned shipbuilder Austal also prepared a scaled-down version that could serve as the basis for the Australian OPV. During the ceremonial keel laying for the second Arafura class OPV held at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide on 9 April 2020, the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, announced the names of the next five vessels. The Fremantle-class patrol boats were coastal patrol vessels operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) from 1979 to 2007. [14] The Austal Multi Role Vessel (MRV 80) would have an overall length of 80 metres (262 ft 6 in), a top speed of 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph), carry an NH-90 or similar helicopter, and have 500 m2 (5,400 sq ft) for mission equipment or cargo. [1], Shipboard armament consists of a single 40 mm gun and two 12.7 mm guns. [19], Although the 2013 White Paper committed to the OCV as a long-term plan, it announced that an interim patrol boat class based on an existing design would be acquired as a short-term replacement for the Armidales, while the Palumas and Huons would undergo life-extension upgrades. On that day, it was also announced that the vessel would be named HMAS Arafura, and the class the Arafura-class patrol vessels. SAAB Situational Awareness System (SAS) with Saab EOS500 electro-optical fire control director, AU$3.6 billion (US$2.77 billion) for 12 vessels (FY 2018), AU$300 million (US$231 million) per unit (FY 2018), This page was last edited on 27 December 2020, at 17:33. The names of the following three ships were also announced during the keel-laying ceremony of HMAS Eyre. Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the multi-billion dollar project would see 12 … This will be the new Arafura Class OPV. This is based on Brunei’s Darussalam class patrol boats that come with a perfectly good helicopter platform. The navigation requirements of the vessel will be addressed by next-generation 2D radar and electro-optical sensors. [10] It was originally planned 20 OCVs would replace 26 vessels across four separate ship classes: the Armidale-class patrol boats, the Huon-class minehunters, the Leeuwin-class survey vessels, and the Paluma-class survey motor launches, Instead of being capable of performing all roles simultaneously, the ships will have a modular mission payload system like the Standard Flex system used by the Danish Navy, or the system used by the United States Navy's littoral combat ships: mission-specific equipment will be fitted to containerised modules, which can be exchanged for different modules when the ship needs to change roles. The Arafura class OPV will be primarily armed with a 40mm large cannon mounted on the forward bow deck to protect the ship from onshore attacks. [10][15], The OPV was originally planned to replace 26 vessels across four warship classes: the Armidale-class patrol boats, the Huon-class minehunters, the Leeuwin-class survey vessels, and the Paluma-class survey motor launches. OPV3, HMAS Pilbara, was laid down in September 2020. [1] The standard crew complement is 40 sailors, though up to 20 more can be berthed if required. The Patrol Boat Group operates thirteen (originally fourteen, HMAS Bundaberg was decommissioned in 2014 due to fire damage) Armidale class patrol boats. [10] The project received the procurement designation SEA 1180. The navigation bridge integrates all the communication, navigation, and sensor systems. The class is named for the Arafura Sea between Australia and Indonesia. Artists Impression of HMAS Arafura The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions, maritime patrol and response duties. [17], In October 2017, the Australian government announced that the vessels would use an Australian-designed SAAB tactical combat management system. It will also feature dedicated mounts, which can be armed with .50 calibre machine guns. [10][16] The new ships were be used for offshore and littoral patrol, border protection, anti-terrorism and anti-piracy operations, mine warfare, and hydrographic survey. The Arafura class offshore patrol vessels (OPV) are being built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Construction of HMAS Arafura began in November 2018 and the vessel is scheduled to enter service in 2021. The new OPVs are intended to replace the existing Armidale class and Cape class patrol boats, Huon class coastal minehunters, and Leeuwin class survey ships in service with the RAN. [9][27], Construction of the first ship began on 15 November 2018. Although the 2013 White Paper committed to the OCV as a long-term plan, it announced that an interim patrol boat class based on an existing design would be acquired as a short-term replacement for the Armidales, while the Palumas and Huons would undergo life-extension upgrades. The vessel will feature an aft flight deck to enable unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations. The vessels can be customised to perform mine hunting, hydrographic survey, fisheries patrol, disaster relief, and unmanned aerial system (UAS) missions. The new OPVs are intended to replace the existing Armidale class and Cape class patrol boats, Huon class coastal minehunters, and Leeuwin class survey ships in service with the RAN. The Arafura class offshore patrol vessels (OPV) are being built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). [1] In order to allow the ships to operate in conjunction with allied international forces, each ship is equipped with a unique electronic identifier transponder that allows for communication via the Link 16 network. It is capable of traveling at 20 knots and at 12 knots possesses a 3,000 nautical mile range. The 10.5-meter sea boat is an enhanced variant of the ramp-launched RHIB delivered to the Royal Brunei Navy’s Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessel. [29], On 11 September 2020 the third ship, HMAS Pilbara, was laid down at Civmec in Perth. The OPVs could be designed to carry a helicopter or an unmanned aerial vehicle to improve each ship's surveillance range, but this avenue is dependent on further study and cost-benefit analysis. [25][26] The first two vessels will be built by ASC Shipbuilding in Adelaide, South Australia before production is transferred to Forgacs Marine & Defence shipyards in Henderson, Western Australia. [13][17] The RAN is also observing the development of the United States Navy Littoral Combat Ships, to take advantage of lessons learned during the program. [9], First made public in Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030, the 2009 Department of Defence white paper, the planned vessels stem from Government instructions for the RAN to rationalise patrol, mine warfare, and hydrographic survey assets into a single class of warship. [10] It was plausible that the OPVs will operate in support of the Canberra-class landing helicopter dock ships; amphibious operations would benefit from the survey and mine warfare capabilities of the ships. [1] The ships will be deployed with empty space available to install container-mounted systems such as aircraft support and sensors; if fully utilized, the gross displacement could increase to 1,800 tonnes. The OPVs will have a length of 80m, a beam of 13m, and a draught of 4m. [22] This was expanded in the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and 2020 Force Structure Plan released on 30 June 2020 for up to 8 vessels optimised for mine countermeasures and hydrographic survey roles potentially based on the Arafura design possibly bringing the total number of vessels back up to the original 20. «This is a much more capable class of ship with greater range, endurance, improved accommodation for the crew staying at sea longer and in every respect, it will outperform older patrol boats. … [10][13], It was anticipated that the new ships could have displaced anywhere up to 2,000 tonnes, although defence magazine editor Kym Bergmann predicts that this 'worst case' would require 50,000 tons of steel or aluminium to be fabricated (compared to 36,000 tons for the Attack-class submarine program), and unless multiple shipbuilders are involved, the 12- to 18-month construction time per vessel will see the last ship enter service during the late 2020s. It manages the Navy's patrol boats. The Arafura-class is a custom Australian variant of Lürssen’s PV80 design, measuring 80 meters in length and displacing around 1,700 tons. The design of the Arafura class OPVs is based on the Lürssen OPV80 platform. Australia’s current Armidale class and Cape class patrol boats are planned to be replaced with a single class of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), under Project SEA 1180 Phase 1, to be built in Australia by German shipbuilder, Lürssen's subsidiary, Luerssen Australia partnering with Australian shipbuilder, Civmec in the joint venture, Australian Maritime Shipbuilding & Export… Australia’s current Armidale Class and Cape Class patrol boats are planned to be replaced with a single class of offshore patrol vessel (OPV), under Project SEA 1180 Phase 1, to be built in Australia. The Arafura Class crews will be tight knit, executing very important missions that will ultimately lead to a great sense of camaraderie and achievement in doing something that’s worthwhile». The lead vessel, HMAS Arafura is planned to enter service in 2022. [10][14], Instead of building all 20 vessels to the same design, the idea of hull variants optimised for different roles is also being explored:[13] the module system will allow a ship designed for one role to be rapidly reconfigured to serve in another role, with a small but acceptable loss in capability compared to a 'native' OPV. Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel on Lurssen stand at PACIFIC 2019. The ships will be manned by a crew of 40 members and will offer accommodation for more than 60 passengers. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is procuring 12 Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) to replace its Armidale Class Patrol Boats under the $3.6 billion SEA 1180 project. ASC Shipbuilding: OPV1 and OPV2, Civmec: OPV3 to OPV12. The Arafura-class will replace the Armidale-class and Cape-class patrol boats, Huon-class coastal minehunters and Leeuwin-class survey ships and will primarily be used for constabulary missions, maritime patrol and response duties. The navigation bridge integrates all the communication, navigat… Although having a common design (which could be up to 2,000 tonnes in displacement), the ships would use a modular mission payload system to fulfill specific roles; primarily border patrol, mine warfare, and hydrographic survey. A third vessel may be procured under SEA 2400 to fulfill the survey although this is unlikely. The firepower of the vessel can be further improved by the advanced 9LV combat management system designed by SAAB Australia. [1] Each vessel carries two 8.5-metre (28 ft) rigid inflatable boats and a single 10-metre (33 ft) boat, which are intended as the primary means of deploying offensive force in the ships' border patrol role. The keel for the second OPV, HMAS Eyre, was laid down in April 2020 and the vessel is scheduled to enter service in 2023. CAPTION: Sailors from the Royal Australian Navy Construction Branch inspect a model of an Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel at Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide.Photo by Lieutenant Ryan Zerbe. [15], The Royal Navy has begun plans for a similar vessel under the Future Surface Combatant program, designated the Future Mine Countermeasures/Hydrographic/Patrol Vessel (FMHPV). SEA 1180 Phase 1 OPVs will replace and improve upon the capability delivered by the 13 Armidale Class patrol boats by acquiring 12 new vessels, which will be known as the Arafura Class when they enter service from 2022. The compact design of the OPV offers enhanced seakeeping characteristics and optimal performance. [13] The cost in developing and implementing the modular system is predicted to be offset by the savings in the areas of maintenance (having to purchase and maintain stocks to repair four different designs), personnel (having to retrain sailors when they transfer to a new ship), and administration. SSBN Borei Class Nuclear-Powered Submarines, USS Abraham Lincoln – Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier, Elbit Systems of America to acquire Sparton for $380m, HMNB Devonport opens new Helicopter Operating Facility, US Navy’s future USS Daniel Inouye DDG 118 completes Builder’s trials, Northrop Grumman wins US Navy production contract for Coyote vehicles, UK Royal Navy’s Wildcat fleet gets first new fifth-generation sensors, Gowind Class Corvette Multi-Mission Combatant. Construction has commenced on the Navy’s new offshore patrol vessels at Osborne in South Australia. The Arafura class is based on four OPVs in service with the Royal Brunei Navy as the Darussalem class. [18], In 2012, American shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries proposed a variant of the Legend-class National Security Cutter, a ship built for the United States Coast Guard. The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions, maritime patrol and response duties. The 2013 Defence White Paper committed to the OCV project as a long-term goal, but opted in the short term for an accelerated procurement of an existing design to replace the Armidales, and life-extension refits for the other types. The power plant will enable the vessels to sail at a maximum speed of 20k and achieve a maximum range of 4,000nm. [17] Although the nations will share their analyses, a common design or shared construction program is unlikely, as the two nations have different needs and replacement schedules. [20] The 20 vessels originally planned to be built was reduced was later reduced to 12 following the change in their planned role. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. The vessel is homeported in Norfolk,…, The Nilgiri-class stealth frigates, also known as Project 17A frigates, are being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE)…, Naval Group (formerly known as DCNS) of France first announced the Gowind family of corvettes in 2006. Type 23 Duke class frigates are multi-role warships built by Swan Hunter and BAE Systems for the UK’s Royal Navy.…, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is the fifth vessel of the Nimitz-Class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. [1] Each vessel has a gross displacement of 1,640 tonnes, and measures 80 metres (260 ft) long, with a beam of 13 metres (43 ft) and a draft of 4 metres (13 ft). [1], The class of ships will be based on Lürssen's OPV80, similar to the Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessel of the Royal Brunei Navy. The fleet of 12 new OPVs will replace the Armidale-class and Cape-class patrol boats and will primarily be used for constabulary missions, maritime patrol and response duties. The fourth, fifth and sixth ships were named HMAS Gippsland, HMAS Illawarra and HMAS Carpentaria respectively. The control system will be complemented by the on-board electronic warfare system. [23][24], The Arafura-class is based on the Lürssen-designed Darussalam-class, operated by the Royal Brunei Navy. The class of twelve OPVs will replace the Armidale Class and Cape Class patrol boats. The spacious aft deck will have enough room to accommodate three rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB). [21], Under SEA 1905 a further two ships are to be built by Civmec for the mine countermeasures role. The addition of 6 new Cape Class Patrol Boats will grow the patrol boat fleet to 16 vessels, while the new larger Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels are introduced into service. [1] Propulsion power is from two MTU 16V diesel engines rated at 4,440 kilowatts (5,950 hp) each, which drive variable pitch propellers and give a top speed of 22 knots (25 mph), and shipboard electrical power is generated by MAN diesel engines. The control system will be complemented by the on-board electronic warfaresystem. Since the initial…, Get important industry news and analysis sent to your inbox – sign up to our e-Newsletter here, “The first vessel of the class is expected to be delivered to the Australian Navy in 2021 for service entry in 2023.”. The Arafura Class crews will be tight knit, executing very important missions that will ultimately lead to a great sense of camaraderie and achievement in doing something that’s worthwhile». 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