The last 16th of December was a very proud day for the Noske-Kaeser Marine Australian team when the first of the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel NUSHIP Arafura was launched at the Osborne Naval Shipyard by Nova Peris, a descendant from West Arnhem Land and the first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament. Also in attendance was South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, Minister for Defence Hon Peter Dutton MP and Jens Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of Luerssen Australia.
As recognised Local SME’s on the SEA 1180 Program NKM Australia General Manager David Owen and Project Engineer Christopher Parkin were invited to attend the Official Launch Ceremony. Other Members of the SA team also in attendance, included Project Engineers, Mason Bond and Brianna Cheetham and other members of the Osborne based installation team.
Noske-Kaeser Marine Australia are committed to ensuring we provide as much local content to this project as possible, thus aligning with the Australian goal of sovereignty in design, build and through life support of these vessels now and into the future.