The Sydney-based firm has won a contract to support the Cape Class patrol boats program, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has announced.
Defence has awarded a $9 million contract to Britton Maritime Systems, which has been tasked with delivering 12 Gemini seaboats for the new Cape Class patrol boats.
Upon completion of the project, each of the six Cape Class patrol boats — currently under construction at the Austal Shipyard in Western Australia — will be fitted with two Gemini seaboats.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds noted the importance of the Gemini seaboats in supporting the capability of the Cape Class vessels.
“The Gemini are specifically designed for the Cape Class vessels, and are already in operation with the current fleet of Navy Cape Class patrol boats,” Minister Reynolds said.
“The seaboats are the primary mission system for the patrol boats, providing an insertion capability for boarding and landing parties in support of operational requirements.”
According to Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price, the Gemini seaboat acquisition would invest more than $6 million into local industry.
“This project will have up to 68 per cent Australian industry content, delivering a significant boost for our defence industry,” Minister Price said.
“It demonstrates the capacity of Australia’s east and west coast defence industries to deliver much needed naval capability.
“And it also shows the Morrison government’s strong backing of Aussie small businesses and its continued push to deliver local jobs.”
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Minister Reynolds added: “This government is keeping Australians safe with our up to $183 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan which will see more than 70 naval vessels built here in Australia, by Australian workers.
“This is the largest regeneration of the Navy since the Second World War, and delivers on this government’s clear objective to build a globally competitive Australian shipbuilding enterprise.”
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Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.