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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 

Austal has reported two significant deliveries over the last two days - its Alabama, US, yard has delivered the 10th Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to the US Navy, while in Australia the third Guardian Class Patrol Boat (GCPB) was handed over to the Australian Department of Defence.

The LCS USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) is the 18th LCS to join the fleet. “This program continues to improve with efficiency and is delivering a first rate capability for the US Navy. It is a credit to the hard working and skilled team we have in Mobile, Alabama“ Austal CEO, David Singleton said.

Five other vessels are presently under various stages of construction at Austal’s Alabama shipyard. Kansas City (LCS 22) is preparing for sea trials. Assembly is underway on Oakland (LCS 24) and Mobile (LCS 26) and modules are under construction for Savannah (LCS 28) and Canberra (LCS 30), with four more under contract through to LCS 38.

Austal is also under contract to deliver 14 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels (EPF) for the US Navy. 10 have been delivered so far, with an additional two in construction.

The third GCPB has now been handed over to the Australian Department of Defence. The Australian Assistant Minister for Defence, Hon Alex Hawke MP, gifted the vessel to the Government of Tonga.

“This is the third of 21 Guardian Class that Austal has designed and built for the Commonwealth’s Pacific Maritime Security Program. We are very proud to be delivering this program that will continue out to 2023” said Singleton. “These vessels will have ongoing maintenance support from our service centre operations in Cairns ensuring continued engagement and opportunities for Austal in the Pacific. This has been an important program being Austal’s first major steel shipbuilding program and sustainment operation.”

The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Program was awarded to Austal in May 2016 with an additional contract option awarded in April 2018 taking the program to 21 vessels valued at more than AU$335 million.

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