Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)

Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)
Type Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)
Roles
  • Maritime border patrol
  • Maritime constabulary roles including interdiction
  • Fisheries patrol
  • Humanitarian and disaster relief
  • Minehunting
  • Hydrographic Survey
Builder Luerssen Australia and Civmec
Displacement 1,700 tonnes
Length 80 metres
Beam 13 metres
Draught 4 metres
Propulsion 2 x 8,500KW diesel engines
Speed 22 knots
Boats 3 x 8.4 metre sea boats
Main Weapon 40mm gun
Company Accommodation for up to 60 personnel including 40 crew
News Articles Navy Daily

Australia’s current Armidale class and Cape class patrol boats, Huon class coastal minehunters, Leeuwin class survey ships and Survey Ship, Coastal (AGSC) are planned to be replaced with a single class of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) to be built in Australia by German shipbuilder, Lürssen's subsidiary, Luerssen Australia partnering with Australian shipbuilder, Civmec in the joint venture, Australian Maritime Shipbuilding & Export Group (AMSEG). The twelve Australian vessels are based on the PV80 design with the first two vessels to be built at ASC's Osborne ship yard in South Australia before production moves to Civmec's Henderson ship yard in Western Australia. Construction of the first vessel is planned to commence in 2018.

The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions, maritime patrol and response duties. State of the art sensors as well as command and communication systems will allow the OPVs to operate alongside Australian Border Force vessels, other Australian Defence Force units and other regional partners.

Through the use of two changeable, containerised mission systems, secondary roles of minehunting, unmanned aerial system (UAS) missions, and hydrographic survey can also be performed.

The lead vessel is planned to planned to enter service in 2021.

An Offshore Patrol Vessel, designed by Lürssen.
An Offshore Patrol Vessel, designed by Lürssen.