April 6, 2015

Austal Achieves Significant Milestone On High Speed Support Vessels

Austal is pleased to announce the bridge layout for two 72 metre High Speed Support Vessels (HSSVs) for the Royal Navy of Oman has been formally approved during a ceremony held at Austal Australia’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia today.

To celebrate this significant milestone, Rear Admiral Abdullah Khamis Al Raisi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, was guest of honour. He was joined by Commodore Khalifa Hamed Al Qasmi and the onsite Royal Navy of Oman Representatives (RNOR); Captain Abdulhameed Al Sinani, Commander Mudhafar Al Riyami, Lieutenant Commander Mohammed Al Badri and Lieutenant Commander Mubarak Al Kasbi.

Rear Admiral Abdullah Khamis Al Raisi said: ”It was very rewarding during this visit to see the progress and quality of the vessel under construction. It is testament to the working relationship between ourselves and Austal and I hope this will continue until acceptance of the vessels.”

Austal Australian President Graham Backhouse said: “Once again this demonstrates Austal’s credentials in terms of delivering customer requirements on schedule. Our ability to deliver on this key milestone reflects Austal’s position as an internationally competitive defence prime contractor and partner of choice for governments and defence agencies both nationally and internationally.”

Austal was awarded a US$124.9 million contract for the design, construction and integrated logistics support of two HSSVs in March 2014. The vessels are being designed and constructed at Austal Australia’s Henderson Shipyard. Construction has commenced as planned and both vessels are expected to be delivered in CY2016.

Apart from the HSSVs, Austal Australia is also prime contractor for eight Cape Class Patrol Boats for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service being designed and constructed at its Henderson Shipyard. In the United States, Austal USA is delivering ten Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) for the United States Navy, at the Company’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.


About Austal

Austal is a global defence prime contractor and a designer and manufacturer of defence and commercial ships. For more than 25 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 250 vessels have been delivered in that time.


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 Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) for the United States 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 Customs and Border Protection. 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.


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


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, the Caribbean and the Middle East together with partner shipyards worldwide.

Further Information

Contact: Austal
Phone: 61 8 9410 1111
Fax: 61 8 9410 2564