The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has signed a two year lease extension with the National Australia Bank (NAB) for its two Cape Class Patrol Boats (CCPB), ADV Cape Fourcroy (310) and ADV Cape Inscription (320).
The lease extends the charter from the initial three year minimum term to five years. As per the new lease extension, the charter and sustainment of Cape Fourcroy has been extended until April 2022, and Cape Inscription to May 2022.
In December 2015, Austal entered into a contract with the National Australia Bank to construct two Cape-class Patrol Boats for the Royal Australian Navy, following the delivery of 8 CCPBs to the Australian Border Force (ABF) over 2013-2015.
The two vessels were delivered to the Royal Australian Navy in April and May 2017 and are under charter to the Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Defence). The vessels are being sustained by Austal, in accordance with the in-service support contract for the ABF’s 8 existing CCPBs.
Austal’s Cape Class Patrol Boat is a 58 metre aluminium monohull vessel, designed to perform border protection and maritime security tasks, with a top speed of 26 knots and a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles. With a crew of 22, the vessel is capable of undertaking 28 day patrols in (up to) sea state 4 and the ability to launch two boats simultaneously.
The RAN’s Cape Class Patrol Boats, along with 13 Armidale Class Patrol Boats, are is principal contribution to the nation’s fisheries protection, immigration, customs and drug law enforcement operations. The vessels are homeported in HMAS Cairns.
Austal has recently announced that it has signed a contract worth approximately A$126 million to construct two Cape Class Patrol Boats for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG).