Henderson: Austal on track to deliver new Cape-class patrol boats to Royal Australian Navy

Cape Fourcroy.
Cape Fourcroy.

HENDERSON shipbuilding firm Austal is on track to deliver two Cape-class patrol boats to the Royal Australian Navy in 2017.

The first, Cape Fourcroy, was rolled out in early December.

It will undergo final fit out before sea trials commence in January.

Delivery is on schedule for April.

The second Cape vessel, Inscription, will be launched in February before delivery in May.

The 58m aluminium monohull vessels have a top speed of 26 knots and a range of up to 4000 nautical miles.

The vessel is capable of undertaking patrols lasting four weeks, and is packed with new technology.

Austal previously delivered eight Capes to the Australian Border Force between 2013 and 2015.

Austal chief executive David Singleton said the company had engaged 348 Australian suppliers and sustained 350 jobs in the delivery of the program.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, in Henderson to inspect the vessels, said the ships would be utilised across a range of tasks including counter-terrorism, irregular maritime arrivals, illegal exploitation of natural resources and piracy.