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Fourth Evolved Cape-class patrol boat reaches Australia’s navy

17th February 2023 - 09:30 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


ADV Cape Capricorn is the Royal Australian Navy’s fourth Evolved Cape-class patrol boat. (Photo: Austal)

Deliveries of Evolved Cape patrol boats to Australia's navy have now reached the halfway stage.

Austal Australia announced on 13 February that it had handed over the fourth 57.8m-long Evolved Cape-class patrol boat to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Built at Austal’s Western Australian shipyard in Henderson, the aluminium-hulled vessel has been christened ADV Cape Capricorn (pennant number 317).

Paddy Gregg, Austal’s CEO, said: ‘Austal has now delivered four Evolved Capes to the RAN since the contract was signed in May 2020, and we are launching a new vessel every three months, after around 12 months’ construction.’

This Project Sea 1445 Phase 1 shipbuilding programme will see eight boats delivered by mid-2024. Austal Australia

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

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

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