Austal Australia has launched the first Cape-class Patrol Boat for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) at its Henderson, Western Australia shipyard last month.
Austal is constructing two 58 metre Cape-class Patrol Boats for the TTCG under a A$126 million contract awarded by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT). The first patrol boat is scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2021.
Austal CEO David Singleton said the launch of the vessel, Hull 398, provided a genuine sense of accomplishment and anticipation throughout Austal’s Australasian business.
“With 10 vessels already in operation with the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy, and a further 6 ordered by the Navy, the Cape is undoubtedly one of Austal’s most successful and proven naval vessel designs,” Mr Singleton said. “Now, we’re exporting the Capes to the world, and we look forward to additional international orders that will continue to build Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability,” Mr Singleton added.
The new TTCG Capes are based on the 58 metre aluminium monohull patrol boat, first developed by Austal in Australia and currently operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Australian Border Force (ABF). These patrol boats were specifically designed and manufactured to combat the full range of maritime security threats.
The CCPB has a 4000 nautical mile range and a 28-day patrol cycle with a crew of up to 22 people, and is fitted with two high speed 7.3 metre rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) for intercepting other vessels.
Austal is also delivering 21 Guardian-class Patrol Boats for 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor Leste under the SEA3036-1 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project, with eight patrol boats delivered since 2018. The company is also building six evolved Cape-class patrol boats for the Royal Australian Navy.
Austal provides in-service support to both the Cape and Guardian-class Patrol Boat fleets through an expanding service centre network including Henderson, Western Australia, Cairns, Queensland and Darwin, Northern Territory.