Austal is an Australian-based global ship building company and defence prime contractor that specialises in the design, construction and support of defence and commercial vessels. Austal’s product range includes naval vessels, high-speed passenger and vehicle ferries and specialist utility vessels such as offshore windfarm and crew transfer vessels.
Austal has three major ship building facilities. Defence vessels are designed and constructed in Henderson, Western Australia and Mobile, Alabama. Commercial vessels are constructed in Balamban, Cebu in the Philippines. Vessel support is provided through service centres located in Darwin, Cairns and Henderson in Australia, San Diego in California, Balamban in the Philippines and Muscat in Oman. Corporate headquarters are co-located at Austal’s Australian ship building facility in Henderson.
As of early 2017, Austal has designed and constructed over 260 vessels for numerous defence forces and commercial fleet operators. Customers include the Australian Border Force, Condor Ferries, Mols Linien of Denmark, the Royal Navy of Oman and the United States Navy.