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Australian Navy Commissions Latest Cape-Class Patrol Boat

Shipbuilding contractor Austal has delivered ADV Cape Pillar, the Royal Australian Navy’s sixth Developed Cape-Class Patrol Boat (ECCPB), at a ceremony in Henderson, Western Australia.

The vessel is scheduled to conduct peacekeeping missions in Australia’s waters, taking part in a vital position in safeguarding nationwide safety.

ADV Cape Pillar is the third ECCPB commissioned this yr, after ADV Cape Capricorn in February and ADV Cape Woolamai in June.

Two extra boats of the identical class are anticipated to be delivered in 2024 as a part of a 448-million Australian greenback ($284 million) deal between Austal and the navy. Austal’s Henderson shipyard presently homes the ships beneath building.

“Austal Australia continues to make use of roughly 400 folks (straight) in Western Australia and is partaking greater than 300 provide chain companions throughout Australia, to ship the Developed Cape-class Patrol Boat Undertaking (SEA1445-1) for the Royal Australian Navy,” a press release from the contractor reads.

An Developed Sea Drive

The Developed boat variants had been designed with improved high quality of life, fitted with up to date intelligence methods, and a bigger crew capability, from 22 to 32 folks.

The ECCPBs are set to switch the navy’s Armidale-class patrol fleet, which started its energetic decommissioning in 2021.

The contract to design the patrol boats was the most important Australian vessel building program awarded to Austal. Initially slated for a six-boat deal amounting to 324 million Australian {dollars} ($205 million), two extra ships had been added to the order, totalling 124 million Australian {dollars} ($79 million).