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Austal to supply BAE Systems RIBs to Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard

17th June 2020 - 17:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Austal has purchased six Pacific 24 (P24) RIBs from BAE Systems, to be used with ships under construction for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard.

The contract is worth approximately £2 million ($2.5 million) and will see the RIBs being built and customised at BAE Systems facilities in Portsmouth, UK. The RIBs will be used aboard two Cape-class patrol boats which Austal is currently building.

Ben Wardle, Austal head of supply chain and general manager of new builds, said the P24 RIB ‘was the first choice of sea boat for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard… Our customer needs assurance that their sea boats can perform in life and death scenarios in harsh maritime environments, including in tropical storm and hurricane conditions.’

The P24 has already been purchased for the UK RN’s surface fleet including the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and all Type 45 destroyers.

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