Multi-billion-dollar German shipbuilder Lürssen has announced imminent travel plans to meet with Australian political and Royal Australian Navy leadership.
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The German shipbuilder operates across eight locations internationally for the building and refitting of luxury mega yachts and naval vessels.
The Australian subsidiary, Luerssen Australia, has indicated they are likely to offer a C90 corvette to the Australian Defence Force, following Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels being built in Adelaide, South Australia and in Perth, Western Australia.
Two 90-metre-long C90 corvettes are already under construction for the Bulgarian Navy in Varna, Bulgaria. Each craft is helicopter-compatible with a 76mm cannon and guided missiles.
Lürssen chief executive officer and managing partner Peter Lürssen said he is looking to discuss an overall consolidated plan for the Henderson shipbuilding district in Western Australia.
“The topic of my discussions in the Commonwealth. They, the government, first need to have an overall plan for the Henderson precinct,” Lürssen said during a media conference in Hamburg, Germany, on 25 July.
“Would I think that it’s sensible to have a large dock there? Absolutely. And I think as overall deal with AUKUS, you should try to get the American position ships in Australia.
“Talking as industry, you want them (submarines) to be in Australia and not in Singapore because they have lots of maintenance that need to be done.
“We will talk about the idea of how we can be part of a future program for ships delivering more power projecting more power. And I will be pitching for the idea of a consolidated, fully capable shipbuilder in Western Australia.”
More to come.