Austal has delivered the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) second of eight evolved Cape-class patrol boat (ECCPB), named ADV Cape Peron.

Launched in March, the 58m aluminium monohull patrol boat Cape Peron is capable of accommodating around 32 people and offers improved quality of life systems.

The new vessel features advanced sustainment intelligence systems, enhancing the RAN’s ability to fight and win at sea.

Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said: “The ECCPBs are not only enhancing RAN’s capability, but further strengthening Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability, which is more important than ever before.

“Austal continues to engage over 300 defence industry partners across Australia to construct the ECCPBs.

“We’re part of the national naval shipbuilding enterprise that is delivering enhanced capability for navy, protecting Australia’s borders, and maintaining security in our region.

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“It’s a great source of pride for entire Austal team knowing that we’re equipping our navy and nation with best possible patrol boat capability.”

In 2020, Austal was awarded an initial contract to construct six vessels under the ECCPB Project (SEA1445-1).

Earlier this year, the Australian Government made an additional investment of $91.32m (A$124m) to acquire two more evolved CCPB.

This project is generating around 400 employment opportunities directly in Western Australia while engaging over 300 supply chain partners in Australia.

All the eight ECCPBs have been designed to feature greater capabilities than the RAN’s Cape-class patrol boats.

The first ECCPB, ADV Cape Otway, was delivered in March following an 18-month-long construction period.

Austal is working on the remaining six vessels that are currently under different stages of construction at the company’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.

Deliveries of the six vessels will take place gradually through to 2024.