Acceptance of first evolved Cape class patrol boat

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23 March 2022

Defence has formally accepted its first evolved Cape class patrol boat. This will strengthen Australia’s naval capability while providing greater reliability and effectiveness to the Royal Australian Navy’s patrol force to keep our borders safe.

Minister for Defence, the Hon Peter Dutton MP said this is another significant milestone in the overall contract with Austal Ships to deliver a total of six evolved Cape class patrol boats to the Royal Australian Navy.

“The six vessels will boost Navy’s current patrol boat capability as we await the introduction into service of the newer and larger Arafura class offshore patrol vessels. We are now one boat closer to establishing that vital capability.

“The evolved Cape class patrol boat project is one of three active naval shipbuilding projects underway in Western Australia. Worth approximately $343 million, it directly supports around 550 Australian jobs.

“The new patrol boats will also be the first vessels to be maintained at Regional Maintenance Centre North East, in Cairns. This further develops sovereign sustainment capability and promotes Australian industry involvement,” Minister Dutton said.

To coincide with the acceptance of the first evolved Cape class patrol boat, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, revealed the names of the six new vessels.

“They will be named Australian Defence Vessels (ADV) Cape Otway, Cape Peron, Cape Naturaliste, Cape Capricorn, Cape Woolamai and Cape Pillar.

“Each name continues the lineage of the Cape class patrol boats, all named after significant Capes around Australia.

“The first boat, Australian Defence Vessel Cape Otway, will be home-ported at HMAS Cairns by mid-2022. It will be joined by another evolved Cape class patrol boat and four Arafura class offshore patrol vessels by the end of 2028,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.

The second of the six evolved Cape class patrol boats will be formally accepted by Defence in July this year. The remaining boats are under construction at Henderson shipyard in Western Australia and the final boat is expected to be delivered by May 2023.

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