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October 12, 2016

Austal Australia Announced As A Finalist For The 2016 WA Industry And Export Awards

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Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) is pleased to announce that Austal Australia’s strong export success has been formally recognised by the Export Council of Australia and West Australian Minister for Commerce, The Hon. Michael Mischin MLC with the announcement of the finalists for the 2016 WA Industry and Export Awards.

Following the successful delivery of 5 new vessels from the West Australian shipyard over 2015/16, including 3 exports, Austal Australia is a finalist in 3 Export Award categories; the Manufacturing Exports Award, the Innovation Excellence Award and the Marketing and Design Award.

Since June 2015, Austal Australia has delivered two 72 metre High Speed Support Vessels (HSSV’s) for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), one 70 metre Offshore Large Crew Transfer Vessel for Caspian Marine Services of Azerbaijan and two 58 metre Cape Class Patrol Boats for the Australian Border Force (ABF) from the company’s Henderson, West Australian shipyard.

Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the Ministers’ recent announcement was a well-deserved acknowledgement of Austal Australia’s continuing export success and international competitiveness, as the company prepares to bid for the Commonwealth of Australia’s Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program.

“Over 75% of Austal’s global production is for export markets and our Australian shipyard continues to generate valuable new business that is creating jobs, developing skills and growing Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability,” Singleton remarked.

The news comes as the second HSSV designed and constructed by Austal Australia, the RNOV Al Naasir (S12) continues its journey to Oman and new video footage of the first HSSV, the RNOV Al Mubshir (S11), arriving in Oman earlier in 2016, is posted onto Austal’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/6_aS3wQS9J0.

The award winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, hosted by the Export Council of Australia, at Crown Perth on Friday 28 October 2016.

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RNOV Al Mubshir (S11), the first High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) designed and constructed by Austal Australia for the Royal Navy of Oman (Photo: Austal)

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From left - ‘Rashid Behbudov’, an Austal ‘Offshore Express 70’ large crew transfer vessel alongside the Royal Navy of Oman’s High Speed Support Vessel, RNOV AL NAASIR (S12), at Austal Australia’s Henderson shipyard. The Australian Border Force’s Cape Wessel patrol boat is in the foreground. (Photo: Austal)

About Austal

Austal is a global defence prime contractor and a designer and manufacturer of defence and commercial ships. For more than 27 years Austal has been a leader in the design, construction and maintenance of revolutionary ships for governments, navies and ferry operators around the world. More than 255 vessels have been delivered in that time.

Ships

Defence vessels designed and built by Austal include multi-mission combatants, such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) for the United States Navy and military high speed vessels for transport and humanitarian relief, such as the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ships for the U.S. Navy and High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) for the Royal Navy of Oman. Austal also designs, constructs, integrates and maintains an extensive range of patrol and auxiliary vessels for government agencies globally, including the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program for Australian Border Force. Defence vessels are designed and constructed in Mobile, Alabama and in Henderson, Western Australia.
Austal has been at the forefront of the high speed ferry market since the early days of the industry. Our market leading designs of high performance aluminium vessels have long been at the heart of Austal’s research and development. Today, commercial ship construction is centred on our shipyard in Balamban, Philippines.

Systems

Austal has expertise in integrating complex systems into its ships, including ride control, ship management, and communication, sensors and weapon systems.

Support

Austal provides a wide range of support services, including through life support, integrated logistics support, vessel sustainment and systems support. These services are delivered through our global support network in the USA, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East together with partner shipyards worldwide.

Further Information

Contact: Austal
Phone: 61 8 9410 1111
Fax: 61 8 9410 2564
Email: media@austal.com

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