Austal announced yesterday that it had delivered the third of eight evolved Cape-class patrol boats (ECCPB’s) to the Royal Australian Navy.
CAPTION: ADV Cape Naturaliste. Austal photo.
The vessel – ADV Cape Naturaliste – has now been officially accepted by the Commonwealth.
Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said the delivery of the third evolved Cape-class highlighted Austal’s proven productivity and reliability to deliver naval shipbuilding programs in Australia.
“Austal has now delivered three evolved Capes to the Royal Australian Navy since the contract was signed in May 2020,” Gregg said.
“Our productivity has improved with each new vessel, to the point where Austal is launching a new Evolved Cape after just 12 months construction.
“The fourth vessel, the future ADV Cape Capricorn, is alongside now and we have four more at various stages of production, here in Henderson.
“With the continued support of our trusted supply chain partners, the Austal shipbuilding team is well on track to deliver all eight evolved Cape-class patrol boats to the Navy by mid-2024, on schedule.
“Austal is leading the way in delivering effective capability to the Navy and adding value to the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise and we couldn’t be prouder.”
The 58-metre aluminium monohull patrol boat is the third of eight to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy.
The first two – ADV Cape Otway and ADV Cape Peron – were delivered in March and August 2022, respectively.
Evolved Capes feature new, larger amenities to accommodate up to 32 people, improved quality-of-life systems and advanced sustainment intelligence systems.