Australia Cuts First Steel for Hunter Class Frigate

By David Dunlop, 23 June 2024

The construction of Australia's future Hunter-class of frigates took a significant step forward today, when BAE Systems cut steel on the first of six vessels at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia.​The first of these 8,800 ton vessels is expected to be turned over to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) no later than 2032. Steel for Canada’s CSC Type 26 'frigates' will start to be cut by 2025 with a turnover date to the RCN by 2033….we hope. For more on the Hunter-class, see


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