Perth international shipbuilder Austal has launched the first of six evolved Cape Class patrol boats it is constructing for the Royal Australian Navy.
Built at the company’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia the vessel is part of a $324 million contract issued by the Department of Defence in May 2020 for the six 58 metre vessels.
Austal delivered eight Cape-class Patrol Boats for the Australian Border Force over 2013-2015 and a further two for the Navy in 2017.
Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boats include a number of enhancements that improve operational capability and crew capacity.
The Head Maritime Systems Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm said the new Evolved Cape-class patrol Boats vessels will ensure the Navy is well-equipped to keep Australia’s borders safe.
Austal CEO Patrick Gregg said the launch highlights the company’s integral role in the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise and Western Australia’s significant contribution to the Naval Shipbuilding Plan.
Construction has commenced on the remaining five patrol boats, the first of which is due for handover to the Navy early in 2022.
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