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RAN receives Cape class patrol boat

25th April 2017 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Austal has delivered the first of two Cape class patrol boats to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) from its shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia, the company announced on 24 April.

Cape Fourcroy is one of two 58m Cape class vessels ordered by the National Australia Bank under a $47 million contract signed in December 2015. The vessels will be leased to the RAN, which will deploy them for the protection and surveillance of Australia's EEZ and maritime borders.

David Singleton, CEO, Austal, said: 'This latest Cape class for the RAN further strengthens Austal's position as the only patrol boat designer and builder in Australia and a major world class exporter for this class of vessels. The delivery of the Cape class vessel clearly shows Austal's unrivalled ability to design and construct defence vessels on-time and on-budget.'

Eight Cape class vessels have previously been delivered to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service by Austal between 2013 and 2015 as part of a $330 million contract awarded in August 2011.

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