The Royal Australian Navy has welcomed the delivery of the fifth of eight evolved Cape Class patrol boats from Austal Australia.
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ADV Cape Woolamai was officially accepted by the Commonwealth of Australia on 22 June, according to a company announcement from Austal.
The 58-metre aluminium monohull patrol boat with larger amenities to accommodate up to 32 people, improved quality of life systems and advanced sustainment intelligence systems
The patrol boats are expected to be used in naval and national security missions.
Austal Limited chief executive officer Paddy Gregg said the delivery of the fifth evolved Cape Class patrol boat highlights Austal’s proven shipbuilding capabilities, efficiency and productivity from the Henderson, Western Australia shipyard.
“With the delivery of every evolved Cape Class patrol boat, Austal is demonstrating the capacity, capability, and expertise to construct naval vessels for Australia to the highest quality, efficiently,” Mr Gregg said.
“This latest vessel, the ADV Cape Woolamai, is the fifth we have delivered in just 15 months. We’re launching and delivering a new patrol boat every three months, following approximately 12 months [of] construction.
“Austal’s highly skilled and efficient local production team, supported by our trusted supply chain partners, are achieving outstanding productivity in the delivery of the Evolved Cape Class Patrol Boat Project for the Royal Australian Navy.
“We remain on track to deliver all eight evolved Cape Class patrol boats on schedule, in mid-2024, and thank the Commonwealth again for their trust in our team to deliver this great capability for Australia.”
This is the fifth of eight to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy since the project commenced in May 2020. The first four evolved Cape Class patrol boats — Cape Otway, Cape Peron, Cape Naturaliste, and Cape Capricorn — were delivered within a 12-month period from March 2022.
The sixth evolved Cape Class patrol boat, the ADV Cape Pillar, was launched at the company’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard earlier this month.
The company is also contracted to deliver 22 steel Guardian-class patrol boats to the Commonwealth of Australia under the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project (SEA3036-1) and has delivered 15 vessels since 2018.