Austal has announced plans by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) to purchase two Austal Cape Class Patrol Boats – in a deal valued by Austal at approximately $100 million.
The vessels will enhance the border protection capabilities of the country in conjunction with the existing Coast Guard fleet, and will join six Austal Fast Patrol Craft acquired in 2009.
The order also includes a multi-year ongoing maintenance and support package. Austal expects to establish a Service Centre in Trinidad to support these vessels, the Austal supplied Fast Patrol Craft, and any additional vessels requiring maintenance as determined by GORTT.
The announcement is further to a comprehensive proposal submitted by Austal to GORTT in recent weeks, and follows a demonstration by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) of the capabilities of the Cape Class vessel to a delegation of senior Trinidad and Tobago officials, which included the Chief of Defence Staff.
Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, who met with the Trinidad and Tobago Chief of Defence Staff, Commodore Hayden Pritchard, during his recent visit to Australia to look at the Cape Class, congratulated Austal on the success.
“This is an outstanding success for Austal and demonstrates the strong export potential of our local defence industry,” Minister Pyne said.
“The Cape Class Patrol Boats, used by the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy, provide excellent range and endurance and respond to a range of maritime security threats.”
The new Cape Class vessels will be built in Austal’s Henderson shipyard based in Western Australia. Austal have already built 10 Cape Class vessels in Henderson for the Australian Border Force and RAN. Delivery is expected to be in mid-2020.
Designed and built by Austal, the Cape Class is a 58 metre all aluminium monohull patrol boat specifically produced to combat the full range of maritime security threats. The vessel has a long 4000 nautical mile range and 28-day patrol cycle with a crew of up to 22. The vessel also supports two high speed 7.3 metre Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats used for intercepting other vessels.
Austal is also contracted by the Australian Government to design and build 21 Guardian Class Patrol Boats under the Pacific Maritime Security Program.
The Guardian Class project is worth more than $300 million and supports around 400 jobs.