Austal Philippines said that with its more than 900 strong workforce in its shipyard in Balamban, Cebu, it is ready to design, construct, and sustain all 6 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) being proposed for the Philippine Navy.
Austal Philippines also said that it is exhibiting at #Philmarine2019 in Manila, to promote its OPV solution being offered to the Philippine Navy.
According to Austal, the proposed Philippine Navy OPV is based on a proven platform that has demonstrated success operating in tropical environments and conducting border patrol and maritime operations.
“The Austal Philippine Navy OPV features an aviation deck enabling helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) missions,” it noted. “The vessel is arranged with a starboard boat deck and stern well for the safe and rapid launch and recovery of RHIBs. The Austal Philippine Navy OPV is fitted with a mission bay and large aft storage area to facilitate the embarkation of containerised mission modules.”
The proposed OPVs’ overall length is 83m, beam (molded) is 13.3m, and hull draft (maximum) measures 4m.