Ships · Systems · Support

Austal is Australia's global shipbuilder and defence prime contractor designing, constructing and sustaining some of the world's most advanced commercial and defence vessels.

For more than 30 years Austal has designed and constructed over 300 vessels for over 100 operators in 54 countries, gaining an enviable reputation for innovative shipbuilding using advanced technologies. From safe, modern shipyards located in Australia, the United States of America, Vietnam and The Philippines - and service centres located around the world - Austal offers naval, government and commercial operators the highest quality SHIPS, SYSTEMS and SUPPORT.


Austal Australia’s capabilities include the development of both defence and commercial vessel platforms.

Defence vessels designed and built by Austal Australia include revolutionary, multi-mission surface warfare combatants, such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) for the United States Navy, military high speed support vessels for transport and humanitarian relief, such as the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) for the United States Navy and the new High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) for the Royal Navy of Oman.

Austal Australia also designs, constructs and sustains an extensive range of patrol boats for government law enforcement and border protection agencies globally; including the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program for Australian Border Force.

Austal Australia’s defence vessels are developed by highly qualified, experienced naval engineers and designers utilising the very latest in naval architecture systems and constructed at the industry leading shipbuilding facility in Henderson, Western Australia.

Austal’s capabilities and strong reputation for quality defence shipbuilding grew from early success in the development of the high speed theatre support vessel, WestPac Express.  Austal’s innovative, market leading mono-hull, catamaran and trimaran designs, expertise in the construction of high performance aluminium vessels and ability to customize proven commercial platforms to meet market requirements continue to be sought after by the world’s leading maritime public transport operators.

Austal’s advanced commercial shipbuilding operations are based at Balamban on the Island of Cebu in The Philippines.


Complementing Austal’s capabilities in shipbuilding is the company’s expertise in the development and integration of advanced vessel control and information management systems, such as ‘Ride Control’ and ‘Marine Link’, Austal offers both defence and commercial operators the latest in maritime technologies to optimize the performance of their ships and their complex on- board management, communications and weapons systems.


Austal provides a wide range of through-life capability management and vessel support services, including crew training and instruction, vessel servicing, repairs and maintenance, integrated logistics support, vessel sustainment and information management systems support. These services are delivered through our global support network in the Australia, the USA, Philippines and the Middle East; together with partner shipyards and service centres worldwide.