The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has received its first Cape-class patrol boat from global shipbuilding company Austal's Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.
The Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy is the first of the two 58m-long patrol vessels that are slated to be chartered by the Commonwealth of Australia on behalf of the RAN.
Both vessels are being constructed by Austal under an A$63m ($47.5m) contract signed in December 2015.
Austal chief executive officer David Singleton said: “This latest Cape-class, for the RAN, further strengthens Austal’s position as the only patrol boat designer and builder in Australia and a major world class exporter for this class of vessels.
“The delivery of the Cape-class vessel clearly shows Austal’s unrivalled ability to design and construct defence vessels on-time and on-budget.”
The company has developed 72 patrol boats for both domestic and international markets prior to this latest delivery.
Singleton added: “Austal has been building patrol boats for over 20 years and we look forward to more work in the future.
“This includes the opportunity to design and build 12 new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Australian Navy with our design partner Fassmer in a continuous shipbuilding initiative being driven by the government.”
Austal are scheduled to deliver a further 20 patrol vessels over the next four years.
The two new Cape-class patrol boats will be sustained by the company in accordance with the in-service support offered to the eight existing vessels of the same class, which are currently owned by the Australian Border Force.
Image: The Royal Australian Navy’s Cape-class patrol boat. Photo: courtesy of Austal.