PHL Navy getting 6 offshore patrol vessels built at Austal Philippines

The Philippine government is currently in talks with Austal for six made in the Philippines offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Philippine Navy, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on August 9.

“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.

Australian-based global ship building company Austal has a shipyard in Balamban, Cebu.

Expansion of Austal’s shipyard in Cebu was announced June 2018. “This expansion will more than double the capability of the shipyard in terms of output and size of vessels it can manufacture. It will also generate hundreds of additional employment,” Austal Philippines project manager Mitch Barnett said.

Secretary Lorenzana also said that Philippines is acquiring additional missile systems for new ships. He made the statement after the successful testing of Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd.

Spike-ER surface-to-surface missile system installed on Philippine Navy’s multi-purpose assault craft.