Turnbull Tours Austal’s Western Australia Yard

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May 19, 2016

  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was joined by Senator Linda Reynolds and Senator Chris Back for the tour of Austal’s Henderson shipyard, hosted by Austal CEO David Singleton and Chairman John Rothwell. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal)
  • From Left: Senator Chris Back, Senator Linda Reynolds and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in front of Hull 392, a 70m offshore crew transfer vessel under construction for Caspian Marine Services. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal)
  • The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPBR) includes 19 x 40m steel vessels designed and constructed by Austal for delivery to 12 Pacific Island nations from late 2018. (Image: Austal)
  • Austal’s 72m High Speed Support Vessel developed for the Royal Navy of Oman is similar in size (length) to Offshore Patrol Vessels under consideration for the Commonwealth’s SEA1180 Program – and demonstrates the company’s success in developing competitive export products. (Image: Austal)
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in front of the 72m (offshore patrol vessel sized) High Speed Support Vessel - designed and constructed for the Royal Navy of Oman by Austal. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal)
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Austal CEO David Singleton and Austal Chairman John Rothwell learn more about the 72m High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) from HSSV Program Manager Mark Clay. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal)
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was joined by Senator Linda Reynolds and Senator Chris Back for the tour of Austal’s Henderson shipyard, hosted by Austal CEO David Singleton and Chairman John Rothwell. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal) Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was joined by Senator Linda Reynolds and Senator Chris Back for the tour of Austal’s Henderson shipyard, hosted by Austal CEO David Singleton and Chairman John Rothwell. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal)
  • From Left: Senator Chris Back, Senator Linda Reynolds and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in front of Hull 392, a 70m offshore crew transfer vessel under construction for Caspian Marine Services. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal) From Left: Senator Chris Back, Senator Linda Reynolds and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in front of Hull 392, a 70m offshore crew transfer vessel under construction for Caspian Marine Services. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal)
  • The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPBR) includes 19 x 40m steel vessels designed and constructed by Austal for delivery to 12 Pacific Island nations from late 2018. (Image: Austal) The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPBR) includes 19 x 40m steel vessels designed and constructed by Austal for delivery to 12 Pacific Island nations from late 2018. (Image: Austal)
  • Austal’s 72m High Speed Support Vessel developed for the Royal Navy of Oman is similar in size (length) to Offshore Patrol Vessels under consideration for the Commonwealth’s SEA1180 Program – and demonstrates the company’s success in developing competitive export products. (Image: Austal) Austal’s 72m High Speed Support Vessel developed for the Royal Navy of Oman is similar in size (length) to Offshore Patrol Vessels under consideration for the Commonwealth’s SEA1180 Program – and demonstrates the company’s success in developing competitive export products. (Image: Austal)
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in front of the 72m (offshore patrol vessel sized) High Speed Support Vessel - designed and constructed for the Royal Navy of Oman by Austal. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal) Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in front of the 72m (offshore patrol vessel sized) High Speed Support Vessel - designed and constructed for the Royal Navy of Oman by Austal. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal)
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Austal CEO David Singleton and Austal Chairman John Rothwell learn more about the 72m High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) from HSSV Program Manager Mark Clay. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal) Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Austal CEO David Singleton and Austal Chairman John Rothwell learn more about the 72m High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) from HSSV Program Manager Mark Clay. (Image: Rod Taylor/Austal)

 Austal Limited welcomed Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the company’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard, demonstrating the facility’s naval shipbuilding capabilities, innovation and export success.

 
Following the recent awarding of the $305 million Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPBR) contract, comprising 19 vessels made from Australian steel, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to meet Austal’s shipbuilding team that will deliver the program for the Commonwealth of Australia. Twelve Pacific Island nations will benefit from the all new 40m Pacific Patrol Boats, which will be supported from Austal’s Cairns service facilities, from 2018.
 
Welcoming the Prime Minister to Austal, Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said, “It was a pleasure to have the Prime Minister join us here today to see first-hand how we are gearing up for the Pacific Patrol Boats Replacement Project - and demonstrate our readiness to play a major role in the Commonwealth’s continuous naval shipbuilding program.”
 
 “The steel Pacific Patrol Boats represent a significant enhancement to our proven capabilities at this shipyard, which has successfully delivered numerous multiple-vessel naval programs as well as vessels up to 127m long for export customers,” Singleton said.
 
Joined by Senators Linda Reynolds and Chris Back, the Prime Minister viewed three separate shipbuilding programs currently underway at Austal in Henderson; two new 58m Cape Class Patrol Boats for delivery to the Royal Australian Navy in 2017, plus two export orders; a 70m offshore fast crew transfer vessel for Caspian Marine Services and two 72m High Speed Support Vessels that were custom designed and constructed for the Royal Navy of Oman.
 
Speaking to media at the shipyard tour, the Prime Minister said, “Well, how awesome is this? Australian jobs. Australian workers. Australian technology. Building some of the most sophisticated naval vessels in the world, right here in Perth.”
 
“What John Rothwell (Austal Chairman) has done here, as a great leader of Australian industry, as a great ship builder, he has taken Australian technology and created Australian jobs and built a global business and I am delighted that we are supporting Austal and they are providing these 19, up to 21 Pacific Patrol Boats and they'll be built right here and we expect the Offshore Patrol Vessels, of course after the first two are built in Adelaide, they will be built here at Henderson as well,” the Prime Minister said.
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