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Australia orders extra Evolved Cape-class patrol boats

19th April 2022 - 23:53 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The RAN commissioned its first Evolved Cape-class patrol boat, ADV Cape Otway, on 23 March. (Austal)

An additional order will bump up the number of new Australian patrol boats to eight, a welcome boost for local shipbuilder Austal.

Austal Australia has received a contract for two additional Evolved Cape-class patrol boats, which the company will build in Henderson, Western Australia.

During a visit to Austal’s shipyard on 18 April, Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement.

This latest order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is worth A$124 million ($91.7 million), and it comes on top of six vessels already under construction via a fast-tracked A$350 million ($226.3 million) contract announced on 1 May 2020.

Paddy Gregg, CEO of Austal, said: ‘This announcement for additional Evolved Cape-class patrol boats further strengthens and supports Australian sovereign shipbuilding capability, and

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