Australia orders patrol boats from Austal

Austal Ships is to build patrol vessels for use in an Australian maritime security program.
By Richard Tomkins   |   May 6, 2016
The design of new Australian patrol boats. Image courtesy Austal Ships

CANBERRA, Australia, May 6 (UPI) — Austal Ships of Australia is to build and sustain as many as 21 steel-hulled boats as part of the country’s Pacific Maritime Security Program.

The Australian Department of Defense, which signed a contract for the vessels on Thursday, said the contract carries a value of about $209 million.

Support for the vessels over a seven-year period will be performed by the company under a contract worth about $17.9 million.

The vessels are to replace the country’s aging Pacific Patrol boats.

Construction of the new vessels will start next year. The first delivery will take place in late 2018.

Two of the new Austal vessels will be offered to Timor-Leste for an agreed-upon fixed price the ministry reported.

Timor-Leste is the newest member of Australia’s Pacific Maritime Security Program, which involves a dozen regional countries.


Austal Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Design

The PPBR project involves the construction of up to 21 steel-hulled patrol vessels and through life sustainment over 30 years in a total Government expenditure of up to $900 million. Austal’s share of the PPBR program will include the construction of the vessels and short to medium term maintenance components of the project.

Q19676-1A-P6%20C04%20aft%20The design of new Australian patrol boats. Image courtesy Austal Ships

“Austal has delivered Australia’s entire border patrol capability – comprising 30 vessels delivered over the past 17 years – and we look forward to extending this by constructing and servicing vessels that will be used by many of our neighbours in the South Pacific.

“Construction of the Pacific Patrol Boats also extends Austal’s shipbuilding capability into steel-hulled vessels, which will be important for the future construction of Offshore Patrol Vessels.

“This project will add to our existing work at our Henderson shipyard, where two High Speed Support Vessels are being constructed for the Royal Navy of Oman this year as well as two additional Cape Class Patrol Boats.”

Australia also operate the Cape-class patrol boat built by Austal

Type: Patrol boat
Length: 57.8 metres (190 ft)
Beam: 10.3 metres (34 ft)
Draught: 3 metres (9.8 ft)
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Endurance: 28 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
·2 × 7.3 m (24 ft) Gemini RHIBs

·1 × small boat

Crew: 18
Armament: 2 x .50 calibre machine guns Flag_of_Australia_(converted)_svg

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