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Austal has been selected to conduct remediation works on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Armidale-class patrol boat fleet.

The company will carry out a series of hull remediation and configuration changes, as well as planned and corrective maintenance work on up to seven Armidale-class patrol boats.

Work under the mid-life remediation programme will be carried out at the company's shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia, starting this month.

"By winning this competitively bid contract, we have demonstrated that Australian shipbuilding can be internationally competitive."

Austal CEO David Singleton said: “As the original designer and builder of the Armidale-class, Austal is in an ideal position to deliver this important, mid-life enhancement work to a proven naval platform.

“Our inherent knowledge base and practical experience building and servicing the hard working Armidale fleet will ensure the vessels depart Austal in 2017 as a fully operational and effective capability.”

“This order is indeed timely for Austal and ensures that key skills in naval shipbuilding and repair are maintained in Henderson during the lead up to the placement of the Offshore Patrol Vessel contract.

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“Once again, by winning this competitively bid contract, we have demonstrated that Australian shipbuilding can be internationally competitive.”

The 56m-long Armidale-class patrol boat features all-aluminium monohull and 14 of these patrol boats have been delivered to RAN between 2005 and 2007.

Austal is currently providing in-service support to the Australian Border Force’s fleet of eight Cape-class patrol boats.

It has also been contracted to provide in service support for 19 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement vessels, as they enter service from late 2018.

Image: HMAS Larrakia, a Armidale-class patrol boat, during sea trials off Henderson, Western Australia. Photo: courtesy of Austal.