Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

Metal cut for next Royal Australian Navy Cape Class patrol boats

Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price has officially ‘cut metal’ on the second of six new Cape Class patrol boats to be constructed by Austal Australia for the Royal Australian Navy.

Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price has officially ‘cut metal’ on the second of six new Cape Class patrol boats to be constructed by Austal Australia for the Royal Australian Navy.

The plate cutting of the second vessel follows the award of the $324 million contract for six Cape Class patrol boats, announced on 1 May 2020 by Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds and Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Based on Austal’s proven 58-metre aluminium monohull patrol boat design, the new RAN Capes include a number of enhancements that further extend the capability of the vessel and the fleet.

Austal chief executive David Singleton said the plate cutting of the second new Cape for the RAN was completed less than 12 weeks after the contract announcement.

“With a hot production line, already constructing two Capes for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, our shipbuilders have quickly progressed to cutting metal on the second of six Capes for the Navy,” Singleton said.

Crew accommodation has been increased by 10 people, to now total 32, and ‘quality-of-life’ provisions have been enhanced, ensuring those who operate the new Capes have Wi-Fi connectivity to the outside world regardless of the operating environment.

Delivery of the first of six Capes, Hull 811, is scheduled in September 2021 with subsequent deliveries of remaining vessels through to mid-2023.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Austal is also delivering 21 Guardian Class patrol boats for 12 Pacific island nations and Timor Leste under the SEA 3036-1 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project, with six patrol boats delivered since 2018.

Austal provides in-service support to both the Cape and Guardian Class patrol boat fleets through service centres located in Henderson, Western Australia; Cairns, Queensland; and Darwin, Northern Territory.

Austal is Australia’s global shipbuilder and defence prime contractor designing, constructing and sustaining some of the world’s most advanced commercial and defence vessels.

For more than 30 years Austal has contracted more than 300 vessels for over 100 commercial and defence operators in 54 countries. Austal is Australia’s largest defence exporter and first ASX-listed shipbuilder. Austal has industry leading shipyards in Australia, the US, Philippines and Vietnam, with service centres worldwide, including the Middle East.

Metal cut for next Royal Australian Navy Cape Class patrol boats
Austal-Cape-class-OPV-Steel-cutting.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

The inaugural Defence Connect AIC Summit will place you with key decision-makers and stakeholders within the defence industry to discuss the government’s intention to improve AIC and increase the nation’s sovereign production, defence capability and resilience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this event, register for free today to attend the live stream on 22 October. Register your interest to attend, visit: www.defenceconnect.com.au/aic-summit

more from defence connect

Sep 24 2021
What does it all mean, and what can Australia do?
Senator for NSW and retired Major General Jim Molan analyses the new AUKUS partnership, and makes the case for Australia to develo...
Sep 24 2021
Will AUKUS spur a new-look defence strategy?
Australia’s historic trilateral security partnership with the UK and the US should be the catalyst for a major defence policy ...
Sep 23 2021
HMAS Gascoyne deploys on live mine disposal ops
The Royal Australian Navy's Huon Class minehunter coastal HMAS Gascoyne is conducting a live mine disposal activity on its latest...