Australian Navy officially names first Cape-class patrol boat


The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has officially named its first Cape-class patrol boat at a ceremony at the HMAS Stirling naval base in Western Australia.

The 58m-long vessel has been named Australian defence vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy, and is the first of two Cape-class patrol boats to be delivered to the RAN under an A$63m ($47.4m) contract signed in December 2015.

ADV Cape Fourcroy is named after the western most tip of Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory, and was designed and developed by shipbuilding company Austal. The boat was delivered from Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia last month.

Austal Design head Gordon Blaauw said: “Austal is delighted to deliver Cape Fourcroy, the first of two Cape-class patrol boats for the RAN, and we look forward to completing this current contract with the on-time, on-budget delivery of Cape Inscription later this month.”

Austal’s ninth Cape-class patrol boat Fourcroy has been specifically designed to meet the unique border protection and maritime security requirements of the Australian Border Force and the RAN.

"Austal is delighted to deliver Cape Fourcroy, the first of two Cape-class patrol boats for the RAN, and we look forward to completing this current contract."

Blaauw added: “We’re exceptionally proud of the proven Cape-class platform, which has set a new benchmark in patrol boat design and operability.

“These Austal designed and built vessels are helping secure and protect Australia’s extensive maritime borders, with eight operated by the Australian Border Force and two to be operated by the RAN.”

The Australian vessel operates at a top speed of 26k and can accommodate 22 crew members, with a range of up to 4,000nm.

It is capable of operating 28-day patrols in sea state 4 with the ability to launch two boats at the same time.


Image: ADV Cape Fourcroy crew celebrate the naming of the vessel. Photo: courtesy of Austal.