|Traded as||ASX: ASB|
|Headquarters||Henderson, Western Australia|
|Products||Aluminium commercial and defence vessels|
In November 2011, Austal acquired its shipyard in the West Cebu Industrial Park in the Philippines as part of a strategy to regionalise its manufacturing base for commercial vessels. Austal is currently making significant investments to further enhance the shipyard's capabilities, and construction of the first vessel is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2012.
Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
In October 2005, Austal/General Dynamics was awarded a contract to build the first unit from its design for a Littoral Combat Ship. The keel of the future USS Independence was laid on 19 January 2006 at Austal USA's yard in Mobile, Alabama, and the naming ceremony was held on 4 October 2008. It is now operating with the fleet at its current location in Norfolk, Virginia.
The LCS 2 was the first ship built by Austal USA for the US Navy and the Navy's first Trimaran Littoral Combat Ship. It is the first naval warship constructed in Mobile, Alabama since World War II. The basis of Austal's seaframe design is the 127-metre trimaran hull Benchijigua Express.
The originally planned second Austal/GD ship (LCS-4) was cancelled on 1 November 2007.
On 29 December 2010 the U.S Navy, as per its 3 November 2010 decision to award contracts for Littoral Combat Ships to both Austal USA and Lockheed Martin, announced a new contract with Austal USA (who had separated from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works). The contract called for one ship to be built beginning in 2010 (the USS Jackson), one to be built in 2011 (the USS Montgomery), and two per year beginning in 2012 and running thru 2015. The contract for the LCS 6 was for $432 million with a goal of having the average ship cost be $352 million per. Another $20 million was figured in for change orders, and a "management reserve" is included.
Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV)
In November 2008, Austal was awarded a contract to design and build the US military's next-generation high-speed catamaran, multi-use platform, the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), as part of a program potentially worth over US$1.6 billion.
As Prime contractor, Austal was to design and construct the first 103-metre JHSV, with options for 9 additional vessels expected to be exercised between FY09 and FY13. Construction on the second ship started in September 2010. Austal now has contracts for three ships, long-lead material contracts for two ships and options for five further ships, for a total of ten.
The JHSV will be able to carry 700 short tons (including M1 Abrams main battle tanks) 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots (65 km/h) and be able to unload at roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities. It will be 103 meters long, 28.5 meters beam with a crew of 22 to 40.
While the JHSV can carry 300 Marines and their gear for up to four days, it is not expected to be survivable against enemy attack.
Navy planners envision building up to two dozen of the JHSV ships over the next decade.
Armidale Class Patrol Boats
Between June 2005 and February 2008, Austal delivered fourteen 56.8-metres (186 ft) Armidale class patrol boats to the Royal Australian Navy for coastal defence. These vessels were featured on the TV series Sea Patrol.
Cape Class Patrol Boats
Austal was awarded the contract for the design, construction and through-life support of the Cape class patrol boats for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in August 2011. The eight 58-metre aluminium monohulls are due to be delivered between March 2013 and August 2015.
The support contract extends for a minimum period of eight years and encompasses a full range of intermediate and depot level maintenance activities. Further options can be exercised by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for In-Service Support for the life of the Cape Class Patrol Boat Fleet.
Commercial and leisure vessels
Austal has designed and built a range of commercial and leisure vessels, including passenger and vehicle-passenger ferries, offshore crewboats, private and commercial liveaboard vessels and cruise vessels.
- Austal Career Opprotunities
- "Austal to Commence Production in the Philippines". 17 February 2012.
- Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Independence. U.S. Department of Defense. 10 January 2008.
- "U.S.Navy Press Release No. 1269-07" (Press release). 1 November 2007. Archived from the original on 4 November 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2007.
- "Navy orders second LCS from Austal".
- Austal starts work on 2nd high-speed military transport ship
- JHSV vs. LCS
- Construction Commences on First Navy Joint High Speed Vessel
- "Austal Celebrates Keel Laying for JHSV2 – the "Choctaw County"". Austal. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
- Austal to build JHSVs for U.S. Navy
- Cavas, Christopher P. "JHSV Module Damaged at Ala. Shipyard." Defense News, 14 June 2011
- "Austal to Build 10 Naval Patrol Boats for Yemen."
- Knickmeyer, Ellen. "The Privateers of Yemen." Foreign Policy Magazine, 17 November 2010
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