Filipino-Australian ship building company tapped to build PH Navy OPVs

Filipino-Australian ship building company tapped to build PH Navy OPVs

Good news for the Philippine Navy, Filipino skilled workers, and to the foreign investor in the country.

It was just announced that the six new Philippine Navy Offshore Patrol vessels will be built in Balamban, Cebu, as part of the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“It will be the first time the AFP will source new fleets from local designers and engineers,” said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana who visited Austal Philippines in Balamban, Cebu.

Proposed OPV's for the PH Navy (Austal website)

The Filipino-Australian ship building company, Austal Philippines,located in Balamban, Cebu  was chosen to build the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) of the  Philippine Navy.

As per the Austal’s website , the PN OVP’s are based on “a proven platform that has demonstrated success operating in tropical environments and conducting border patrol and maritime operations.”

The vessels are designed by Austal to be larger  than the Cape-class patrol vessels used by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Border Force.

The Defense chief said that the government earmarked P30 billion for the six vessels and it was President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who wanted these vessels to come from Cebu.

Austal Philippines employes more than 900 workers, it’s the local arm of the worlds top aluminum shipbuilder,  has been building ships predominantly for the export market.

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