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Austal Australia has handed over the fourth Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boat (ECCPB), ADV Cape Capricorn (317), to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Delivery of the new 58m-long aluminium monohull vessel was accepted by the Commonwealth of Australia.

ADV Cape Capricorn is the fourth of eight ECCPBs scheduled to be delivered by Austal for the RAN. The company secured the associated contract in May 2020.

In November last year, the company officially handed over the third vessel, ADV Cape Naturaliste, to the RAN.

The first and second vessels of the same class were accepted by the RAN in March and August 2022, respectively.

Currently, the company is working on producing the fifth ECCPB at its Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.

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Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said: “The fifth vessel, the future ADV Cape Woolamai, is alongside now, and we have three more Evolved Capes at various stages of production here in Henderson.

“With the continued support of our trusted supply chain partners from across Australia and around the world, the Austal shipbuilding team is well on track to deliver all eight ECCPB to the Navy by mid-2024, on schedule.”

Construction of the ECCPBs, a part of the Australian Department of Defence’s SEA1445-1 project, supports 400 employment roles in Western Australia alone, with around 300 industry partners involved in the work across Australia.

The ECCPBs are being developed to offer improved functionalities and amenities to the RAN. It includes the capability to accommodate up to 32 people, better life systems as well as advanced sustainment intelligence systems.

The new fleet will be deployed to undertake a wide range of missions at sea, including constabulary operations, national security and other maritime missions.