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Australian patrol boat

Austal Limited is pleased to announce that Austal Australia has ‘cut metal’ on the third of six new Cape-class patrol boats to be constructed for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

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Austal Australia is constructing six new Cape-class Patrol Boats for the Royal Australian Navy (Image: Austal)

The plate-cutting marks the start of construction of Hull 813, part of a A$324 million, six vessel contract announced on 1 May 2020 by the Australian Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and Defence Industry Minister, The Honourable Melissa Price MP.

Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the Henderson, Western Australia shipyard now had five Cape-class Patrol Boats in various stages of production, for export and local customers.

«This third Cape for the Royal Australian Navy adds to the two already under construction by our experienced team of shipbuilders. Lined up prior to those, we have two more Capes for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, which are on track for delivery in the first half of 2021», Mr. Singleton said. «It’s great to see the shipyard bustling with work, on both local and export defence contracts that are helping to build Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability. We’re very proud of the demonstrated capability and productivity of our Australian operations to manage multiple projects – supported on every vessel by our proven Australian supply chain».

Based on Austal’s proven 58 metre/190 feet aluminium monohull patrol boat design, the new RAN Capes include a number of enhancements that further extend the capability of the vessel and the fleet. Crew accommodation has been increased by 10 people, to now total 32 and ‘quality-of-life’ provisions have been enhanced, ensuring those who operate the new Capes have WIFI connectivity to the outside world regardless of the operating environment.

Delivery of the first of six Capes, Hull 811, is scheduled in September 2021 with subsequent deliveries of remaining vessels through to mid-2023.

Austal is also delivering 21 Guardian-class Patrol Boats for 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor Leste under the SEA3036-1 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project, with eight patrol boats delivered since 2018. Austal provides in-service support to both the Cape and Guardian-class Patrol Boat fleets through an expanding service centre network including Henderson, Western Australia, Cairns, Queensland and Darwin, Northern Territory.

First Patrol Boat

Austal Limited has joined the Royal Australian Navy in celebrating the official naming of the ninth Cape-class patrol boat designed and constructed by Austal, at a ceremony held at the HMAS Stirling naval base in Western Australia.

ADV Cape Fourcroy crew celebrate the naming of the vessel (Photo: Austal)
ADV Cape Fourcroy crew celebrate the naming of the vessel (Photo: Austal)

The first of two Cape-class patrol boats to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under a A$63 million contract, ADV Cape Fourcroy is named after the western most tip of Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory.

The naming ceremony at HMAS Stirling was attended by Commodore Luke Charles-Jones representing the RAN Fleet Commander; Captain Warren Bairstow, Commander Mine Warfare, Hydrographic and Patrol Forces; Captain Brian Delamont, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling; Commander Mark Taylor, Commanding Officer of ADV Cape Fourcroy; and Gordon Blaauw, Austal’s Head of Design.

«Austal is delighted to deliver Cape Fourcroy, the first of two Cape-class patrol boats for the Royal Australian Navy and we look forward to completing this current contract with the on-time, on-budget delivery of Cape Inscription later this month», Gordon Blaauw said.

«We’re exceptionally proud of the proven Cape-class platform, which has set a new benchmark in patrol boat design and operability. These Austal designed and built vessels are helping secure and protect Australia’s extensive maritime borders, with eight operated by the Australian Border Force and two to be operated by the RAN», Blaauw added.

Austal’s 190-foot/58-meter Cape-class patrol boat was specifically designed to meet the unique border protection and maritime security requirements of the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy. With a top speed of 26 knots/30 mph/48 km/h and an operation range of up to 4,000 nautical miles/4,603 miles/7,408 km the Cape-class is a critical part of Australia’s ongoing maritime security. The vessel operates with a crew of 22 and is capable of operating 28-day patrols in sea state 4 with the ability to launch two boats simultaneously.

Commenting on the delivery and naming of this latest Cape-class, Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said Austal’s experience in designing and building defence vessels is demonstrated by the company’s successful delivery of a total 73 patrol boats for domestic and international markets since 1998. Mr. Singleton explained that the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program underpins Austal’s strategy to achieve the right balance between export and domestic production and is the basis for a sustainable model of naval shipbuilding in Australia.

«Exports derived from defence programs, like Cape, highlight ’the multiplier effect’ on local job creation, when Australian suppliers are engaged to deliver both domestic and international contracts. Every program we deliver creates both direct and indirect jobs, across the country. Austal has always operated with an export focus, and we continue to deliver four out of every five ships for the international market», Singleton added.

Austal is currently bidding with German designer Fassmer to design and build 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Australian Navy, as part of the Australian Government’s Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program. The continuation of Austal providing critical capability for the Commonwealth of Australia (through the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project) and RAN (with the Cape Class and OPV) will not only contribute to Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding industry, but provide a prominent base for increased export opportunities, globally.

Austal is currently pursuing export opportunities for variations of the Bay Class, Cape Class and Guardian Class (Pacific) Patrol Boats, for customers in the Middle East and Asia with expectations that this activity will result in even greater vessel design, construction and sustainment work and supply chain engagement in Australia.

Ninth Cape class

Austal is pleased to announce the successful roll out prior to launch of Hull 380, the ninth Cape-class patrol boat designed and constructed by Austal and the first of two to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 2017.

Austal’s Cape-class patrol boat program for the Royal Australian Navy has directly engaged 348 Australian suppliers and directly employed 350 people over the past 12 months of construction (Photo: Austal)
Austal’s Cape-class patrol boat program for the Royal Australian Navy has directly engaged 348 Australian suppliers and directly employed 350 people over the past 12 months of construction (Photo: Austal)

Australian Defence Industry Minister, The Honourable Christopher Pyne Member of Parliament, Senator Chris Back and Federal Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie Member of Parliament joined Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton and Austal Chairman, John Rothwell at the official roll out, completed at Austal’s Henderson Western Australia shipyard.

Mr. Singleton said: «It is with great pride we welcome the Defence Industry Minister here today (December 8, 2016) to celebrate not only the continuing success of Cape-class as an effective maritime border protection solution, but Austal’s proven shipbuilding capability. Austal delivered eight Capes to the Australian Border Force over 2013 – 2015 and we will hand over Capes 9 and 10 to the Royal Australian Navy in the first half of 2017. To date, we have directly engaged 348 Australian suppliers and created and sustained 350 jobs in the delivery of the Cape program».

Austal’s Cape-class patrol boat is a 190 feet/58 meter all aluminium monohull vessel, designed to perform border protection and maritime security tasks, with a top speed of 26 knots/30 mph/48 km/h and a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles/4,603 miles/7,408 km. With a crew of 22, the vessel is capable of undertaking 28 day patrols in (up to) sea state 4 and the ability to launch two boats simultaneously.

New, enhanced maritime security and anti-mine warfare variants of the Cape were announced at Euronaval 2016, which offer even greater capability and feature mission packages that include Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s (UAV’s), Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV’s) and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV’s).

Hull 380 is due to be launched later this week and will undergo final fitout before sea trials commencing in January 2017. Delivery to the RAN is on schedule for April 2017.

The second Cape for the RAN, Hull 381, is due for launch in February 2017.

The Cape-class patrol boat is an effective maritime border protection capability, in service with the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy (Photo: Austal)
The Cape-class patrol boat is an effective maritime border protection capability, in service with the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy (Photo: Austal)

Australian Patrol

Austal Limited is pleased to announce it has delivered Cape York the final of eight Cape Class Patrol Boats supplied to Australian Border Force (formerly Australian Customs and Border Protection) under a $330 million design, build and in-service support contract.

The Cape Class Patrol Boats will have greater range, endurance and flexibility in responding to maritime security threats than the current fleet
The Cape Class Patrol Boats will have greater range, endurance and flexibility in responding to maritime security threats than the current fleet

Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said that with eight boats successfully delivered within the original timeframe, Austal has demonstrated its credentials as a partner of choice for government defence vessel programs and a world leader in patrol boat design, build and sustainment.

«The on-time and on-budget delivery of all eight Cape Class Patrol Boats is a credit to our highly skilled team at the Henderson shipyard, which has achieved valuable production efficiencies as the program progressed; clearly demonstrating the benefits of continuous shipbuilding and reinforcing Austal’s capability to successfully design, build and sustain multiple naval and border protection vessel programs. Austal has delivered one Cape Class Patrol vessel approximately every 10 weeks over 2014-2015; which has significantly increased Australian Border Force’s capability to reliably deliver on the Border Protection obligations it undertakes for the Commonwealth of Australia», Mr. Bellamy said. «Our national sustainment team, services and facilities continues to grow in line with the Cape Class Patrol Boats coming into service; ensuring the operational availability of the Australian Border Force fleet around the country».

As the sole provider of the Commonwealth’s border patrol capability for the past 17 years and as a successful exporter, Austal has now delivered a total of 72 patrol boats. The company has recently submitted a tender for the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Program, comprising 21 vessels for delivery to Pacific Island nations from 2017.

These vessels will also have enhanced capability to operate in higher sea states and survive in more severe conditions
These vessels will also have enhanced capability to operate in higher sea states and survive in more severe conditions

 

SPECIFICATIONS

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS
Length overall 190.6 feet/58.1 m
Beam (overall) 35.4 feet/10.8 m
Draft (approximately) 10.2 feet/3.1 m
ACCOMMODATION
Crew 18
Facilities Holding areas equipped with Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) and facilities for accommodating intercepted illegal foreign fishers and suspected unauthorized people attempting to enter Australia
ARMAMENT
Weapons Two deck-mounted 12.7-mm/0.50 cal general purpose machine guns
COMMUNICATION & SENSORS
Communication system Secure/Non-secure voice and data over Very High Frequency (VHF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF), Satellite Communications (SATCOM) and Sea Boat’s Situational Awareness
Navigation Integrated bridge system including Radars, 2 × Electronic Chart Display & Information System (ECDIS), 2 × Gyro Compass, Secure Automatic Identification System (AIS), 2 × Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS), Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS) and Voyage Data Recorder (VDR)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Sea boats 2 × 24 feet/7.3 m Gemini
Motion control system Austal 2 × 35 feet2/3.25 m2 roll fins; 2 × 48.4 feet2/4.5 m2 trim flaps
PROPULSION
Main engines 2 × Caterpillar 3516C; 2 × 3,386 hp/2,525 kW @ 1,800 rpm
Gearboxes 2 × ZF 9055A
Propellers 2 × fixed pitch
Bow thruster HRP 2001 TT (160 kW)
PERFORMANCE
Speed 26 knots/30 mph/48 km/h
Range at 12 knots/14 mph/22 km/h 4,000 NM/4,603 miles/7,408 km

 

Customs and Border Protection patrol boats may be deployed according to aerial surveillance, community reports and/or radar sightings
Customs and Border Protection patrol boats may be deployed according to aerial surveillance, community reports and/or radar sightings