Ships · Systems · Support

Austal is Australia's global shipbuilder, defence prime contractor and maritime technology partner of choice; designing, constructing and supporting revolutionary defence and commercial vessels for the world’s leading operators.

For over 30 years, Austal has designed and constructed over 300 vessels for over 100 operators in 54 countries, gaining an enviable reputation for innovative shipbuilding using advanced technologies. From safe, modern shipyards located in Australia, the United States of America, the Philippines and Vietnam - and service centres located around the world - Austal offers naval, government and commercial operators the highest quality ships, systems and support.



Austal’s capabilities include the development of both defence and commercial vessel platforms.

Defence vessels designed and built by Austal include revolutionary, multi-mission surface warfare combatants, such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) for the United States Navy, military high speed support vessels for transport and humanitarian relief, such as the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) for the United States Navy and the High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) for the Royal Navy of Oman.

Austal also designs, constructs, integrates and maintains an extensive range of patrol boats for government law enforcement and border protection agencies globally; including the Cape Class Patrol Boat for the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy.

Austal’s defence vessels have been developed by experienced naval architects, designers and engineers utilising the very latest in naval architecture systems - and constructed in industry leading shipbuilding facilities in Mobile, Alabama USA and Henderson, Western Australia.

Austal’s capabilities and strong reputation for quality defence shipbuilding grew from early success in the development of the high speed theatre support vessel, WestPac Express which over 16 years of service achieve 99.8% availability.

Austal’s innovative, market leading mono-hull, catamaran and trimaran designs, expertise in the construction of high performance aluminium vessels, and ability to customize proven commercial platforms to meet market requirements continue to be sought after by the world’s leading maritime public transport operators. The company's commercial vessel portfolio includes passenger ferries, vehicle passenger ferries, offshore crew transfer vessels and wind farm vessels - ranging in size from 24 metres to 127 metres LOA.

Austal’s commercial shipbuilding operations are located at Henderson, Western Australia and Balamban, Cebu in the Philippines.


Complementing Austal’s capabilities in shipbuilding is the company’s expertise in the development and integration of advanced vessel control and information management systems, such as Motion Control and MARINELINK. Austal offers defence and commercial operators the very latest in maritime technologies to optimize the performance of their ships and complex on-board management, communications and weapons systems.


Austal provides a wide range of maritime support services, including crew training and instruction, through-life vessel servicing and support, integrated logistics support, vessel sustainment and information management systems support. These services are delivered through our global support network in the Australia, the USA, Philippines and the Middle East (Oman); together with partner shipyards and service centres worldwide.