Austal expresses excitement in building PHL Navy vessels in Philippines

Australia-based shipbuilder Austal has expressed excitement in working with the Philippine government to supply six offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Philippine Navy under Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program Horizon 2.

“Excited by the opportunity to partner with the Philippines Government to build the Navy’s OPV fleet,” Austal said.

“Austal’s OPV will be designed in Australia and the Philippines but will be proudly built at Austal Philippines, by Filipinos, for the Philippines Navy,” it added.

Austal has a shipyard in Balamban, Cebu which currently focuses on commercial vessels.

The Australia-based shipbuilder made the statement after National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed last week that the Philippines is in talks with AUstal for six OPVs.

“We have an offshore-patrol vessel order [for the Navy], six of which would be built here in the country. It will be built by Austal, which is a subsidiary of Austal in Australia, in Balamban, Cebu,” he said.

When asked for the contract price, Lorenzana said the deal is still being finalized.