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Naval Vessels

Austal’s leadership in naval vessel design and construction is best demonstrated by a number of unique programs currently being delivered, or under development for navies and defence forces around the world.

The Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) are two innovative programs that are delivering enhanced mission capability, security, support and efficiency to a diverse range of US Navy and joint military operations, globally.

The innovative, striking trimaran hull design of the 127m Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) offers a wide range of benefits over traditional monohulls of the same size; including greatly improved fuel efficiency, increased payload capacity, better stability and increased manoeuvrability. Operating in coastal areas with the ability to carry multiple mission packages, the Independence-class LCS is the world’s most advanced high speed military craft, playing a key role in the US Navy’s surface ship fleet.

Austal’s 103m Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), developed for the US Navy, is a fast, flexible and manoeuvrable ship ideal for transporting troops and equipment quickly within any theatre of operations. Featuring a catamaran hull, massive mission/payload area, helicopter deck and roll-on/roll off ramp, the JHSV is able to effectively support a variety of operations, including joint military missions, traditional logistics missions, humanitarian aid programs, disaster relief and maritime law enforcement activities.

Austal’s 72m High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV), developed for the Royal Navy of Oman, offers the exceptional functionality and capability of the JHSV in a more compact design, with increased military capability.   

In addition to these current naval programs, Austal has considerable experience and expertise in the development of Patrol Boats for border security, coast guard / surveillance and search and rescue activities.

Naval Vessels

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