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Australian navy welcomes third Evolved Cape patrol boat

8th November 2022 - 00:01 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


Austal Australia has delivered the third Evolved Cape-class patrol boat, ADV Cape Naturaliste, to the RAN. (Photo: Austal)

Australia has received a third patrol boat from Austal, while the same shipbuilder has received a contract for an additional Guardian-class patrol boat for a Pacific island nation.

On 3 November, Austal Australia announced that it had delivered the third of eight Evolved Cape-class patrol boats to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The 58m-long aluminium-hulled vessel, named ADV Cape Naturaliste (pennant number ‘316’), was formally accepted by the Australian government.

Paddy Gregg, Austal’s CEO, stated: ‘Austal has now delivered three Evolved Capes to the Royal Australian Navy since the contract was signed in May 2020. Our productivity has improved with each new vessel, to the point where Austal is launching a new Evolved Cape after just 12 months’ construction.’

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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