Australian-owned shipbuilder Austal has been invited to talk with the Royal Saudi Naval Force about plans for the recapitalisation of its Eastern Fleet, chief executive Andrew Bellamy has disclosed to IHS Jane’s .

Speaking during a visit to Austal’s Mobile, Alabama, facilities for the christening on 13 June of USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the third of 10 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) being constructing there for the US Navy under a USD3.5 billion contract, Bellamy suggested the Saudis were leaning towards the same type of vessel.

“It’s my belief that ultimately the Saudi navy will operate an Austal-style concept, which will be an aluminium multi-hull,” he said. […]