Australian shipbuilder Austal is preparing to launch the first of two high-speed support vessels (HSSVs) on order for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), the company announced on 16 October.

The vessel, bearing pennant number A10 with the name Al-Mubasher , is being delivered under a USD124.9 million contract awarded by Oman in March 2014. Construction began in August 2014 at Austal’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.

The two-ship programme is intended to bolster the RNO’s sealift capabilities. […]