Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's First Cape Class Patrol
Boat officially named
is pleased to announce the first-in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat has
been officially named the Cape St George during a ceremony held at Austal’s
Henderson shipyard in Western Australia today. Cape St George is the
first of eight new boats being built by Austal for the Australian Customs
and Border Protection Service under a design, construct and in-service
support contract valued at approximately A$330 million.
Cape St George is the first of eight new boats being built by Austal
for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
The vessel was launched at Austal’s Henderson
shipyard in January 2013. It has since undergone final fit out and sea
trials, with some other testing to be completed prior to final delivery
to the customer.
The naming ceremony was attended by the Australian Special Minister
for State, the Hon. Gary Gray AO; and former President of the Australian
Senate Margaret Reid AO, who officially named the vessel.
Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said the naming of the
first Cape Class vessels was a significant milestone for the company.
“The official naming ceremony is an occasion that allows us to
celebrate the first of eight state-of-the-art, highly sophisticated
Cape Class vessels that we are designing and constructing using our
hallmark aluminium design,” he said.
“The Cape Class contract has repositioned our Henderson facilities
as a defence-focused operation, while reaffirming our position as an
emerging global defence prime contractor.
“Close to 300 staff have been involved in the construction of
this first vessel, and the contract has underpinned work at our Henderson
“I would like to thank our staff and Austal’s many suppliers
for their important contribution on Cape St George as we look forward
to delivering all eight patrol boats by August 2015.”
Cape Class Patrol Boat
Austal’s role extends beyond the design and
construction of the vessels. The company is also using its in-house
expertise to develop and integrate sophisticated electronic systems
for command, control and communication.
As part of the A$330 million contract, Austal will also perform ongoing
in-service support for the Cape Class fleet over at least eight years,
encompassing a full range of intermediate and depot level maintenance
activities, valued at a minimum of A$50 million.
“Our ability to deliver the systems and support for the Cape Class
fleet demonstrates our total solution capability, which represents the
future of our Australian business,” Mr Bellamy said.
“We will continue to expand and enhance the strategic industry
capability necessary to meet the current and future defence needs of
Australia and other nations.”
Construction of the second Cape vessel is well underway, with the keel
laid in January, while work has commenced on the third Cape vessel.
Apart from the Cape Class Patrol Boats, Austal is prime contractor for
two major defence projects – the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and
the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) – for the United States Navy.