Second Cape Class patrol boat joins navy fleet at HMAS Stirling

The crew of the ADV Cape Inscription at HMAS Stirling on Tuesday. Picture: Chief Petty Officer Damian Pawlenko.
The crew of the ADV Cape Inscription at HMAS Stirling on Tuesday. Picture: Chief Petty Officer Damian Pawlenko.

A SECOND Cape Class patrol boat joined the Royal Australian Navy at HMAS Stirling on Tuesday.

The Australian White Ensign was hoisted on the Australian Defence Vessel Cape Inscription for the first time at an official naming ceremony.

Its sister ship, ADV Cape Fourcroy, was commissioned at the base last month.

The boats, costing $63 million, were built by Austal which employed more than 400 people in Henderson and supported more than 350 indirect jobs around Australia.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said they would support navy operations until at least 2020 while Armidale Class patrol boats completed planned maintenance activities.

“The new vessels are a continued demonstration of Australian naval shipbuilding capability,” Mr Pyne said.

“Austal is a valued partner, delivering 10 Cape Class Patrol Boats to the Australian Border Force and the Royal Australian Navy.”

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