Austal to construct additional Guardian class patrol boat


Perth international shipbuilder Austal will construct a further Guardian class patrol boat for the federal government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program, following a new order from the government.

The additional order for the 39.5 metre long steel vessel, valued at $15.2 million, is in addition to the 21 Guardian class vessels previously ordered in 2016.

Under the Pacific Maritime Security Program the vessels are being gifted to Pacific nations to aid them in maritime and fisheries security as well as other activities.

Fifteen of the vessels have been delivered so far to 12 nations, generally replacing ageing vessels previously supplied by Australia.

Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said the additional vessel was a sign of confidence in the company’s ability to construct naval ships.

Gregg said: “The steel hull Guardian has proven to be an exceptionally capable patrol boat in a short period of time, with 15 delivered to date and operating throughout the South Pacific.

“This additional vessel will further enhance our Pacific Island neighbours’ capability and regional security, and Australia’s naval shipbuilding capability.”

The Guardian vessels are constructed at Henderson, Perth with input from 300 suppliers.

More than 200 are employed director and another 200 indirectly on the program which is worth more than $350 million.

The Guardian class are maintained at Austal’s Cairns service centre which employs a further 100.

Picture: Austal

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