Austal completes DDR for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project

Austal’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project is on schedule, with Detailed Design Review completed on time and in accordance with the Construction of the 19 steel vessels is due to commence, on schedule Photo Austal

By Joseph R. Fonseca

Austal has successfully completed the Detailed Design
Review (DDR) for the A$306 million Pacific Patrol Boat
Replacement (PPB-R) Project on time and in accordance with the
contracted schedule.

A key element of the Commonwealth's continuous naval shipbuilding
strategy, the PPB-R Project is contributing to the growth of
Australia's sovereign shipbuilding capability in the lead up to
the Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigate programs for the
Royal Australian Navy, due to commence in 2018 and 2020,
respectively.

The completion of the DDR, on time, formally signifies the end of
the design phase and the commencement of the production phase of
the nineteen steel vessel program, awarded to Austal in May 2016.
DDR is a key, mandated milestone in the Commonwealth's ASDEFCON
contracting process and the PPB-R detailed design confirmation,
on 10th February 2017, which will enable the product baseline to
be established.

Announcing the milestone, Austal's PPB-R Project Manager Matthew
Klingberg highlighted the effective working relationship between
Austal and the Commonwealth on the PPB-R Project.

"Achieving DDR on a Commonwealth shipbuilding project is a
significant milestone, particularly as this was achieved within 8
months from the Contract Effective Date. This was made possible
by the dedicated efforts of both the Austal and Commonwealth
teams, working together in an open and collaborative manner,"
Klingberg said.

The PPB-R Project comprises the design, construction, delivery,
training and sustainment of nineteen 40 metre patrol boats - to
be gifted by the Commonwealth of Australia - to twelve Pacific
Island nations as part of Australia's new Pacific Maritime
Security Program.

Construction of the Austal design will commence in Western
Australia in April 2017, with deliveries scheduled from 2018 to
2023. Sustainment of the new fleet of vessels will be carried out
by Austal from facilities in Cairns, Queensland.

Austal is positioned to play a key role in the delivery of the
Commonwealth's continuous naval shipbuilding strategy, as the
only ASX-listed Australian shipbuilder and Defence prime
contractor currently delivering multiple naval vessel programs
for Australian and overseas customers, including the Royal
Australian Navy and US Navy.

Feb 24, 2017

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