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Austal is the Australian shipbuilder and global defence Prime contractor with industry leading capabilities in the development of both defence and commercial vessel platforms.

Since 1988, Austal has been designing, constructing and supporting commercial vessels (including passenger ferries, vehicle passenger ferries, offshore and windfarm vessels) for operators throughout the world – and is an acknowledged leader in the development and sustainment of advanced naval and other defence vessels.


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 Program for the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy - and the new Guardian Class Patrol Boat for the Commonwealth of Australia.

Austal’s defence vessels  continue to be 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 shipbuilding grew from early success in the development of high speed passenger and vehicle passenger ferries, offshore and windfarm vessels.  Austal’s innovative catamaran and trimaran designs, expertise in the construction of high performance aluminium vessels and ability to customize proven commercial platforms to meet customer requirements continue to be sought after by the world’s leading maritime fleet operators.

Austal’s commercial shipbuilding operations are located in Henderson, Western Australia, Vung Tau Province, in Vietnam and Balamban in Cebu, in the Philippines.