Australia received Cape-class patrol boat – .50 cal MGs, DGPS, VDR

CAMBERRA, ($1=1.34 AUD) — With the ceremony held at the Austal shipyard, the Royal Australian Navy officially received the first Evolved Cape class patrol boat [ECCPB], learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenseTurk.

Australia received Cape-class patrol boat - .50 cal MGs, DGPS, VDR
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It was named ADV Cape Otway by the Australian Ministry of Defense by Peter Dutton. He was accompanied at the ceremony by Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, Commander of the Royal Australian Navy, and Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm CSM, Head of Maritime Systems, Capability Acquisition, and Maintenance Group.

Speaking at the ceremony, Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said, “Buildings don’t build ships, people do. And it’s great to celebrate today with representatives from Austal, the Department of Defense, our supply chain partners, and many more businesses in the defense industry across Australia. This first Evolved Cape-class patrol boat was a true team effort, benefiting from the expertise, zeal, and dedication of hundreds of talented people who have fundamentally contributed to this country’s national security. The interns, university graduates, trainees, tradesmen, and professionals involved in the ship’s construction do not just build patrol boats, their design and build naval platforms that protect Australia’s border security.”

Additionally, Paddy Gregg said that the first Evolved Cape-class patrol boat reflects the collective skills, teamwork, and capacity of the national naval shipbuilding initiative.

Australia received Cape-class patrol boat - .50 cal MGs, DGPS, VDR
Photo credit: Wikipedia

$ 242.3 million contract

The 58-meter aluminum monohull patrol boat is the first of six ships planned to be built for the Royal Australian Navy under a 324 million AUD [$ 242.3 million] contract awarded to Austal in May 2020. With more capacity than the equivalent Cape-class Patrol Boats, the Evolved Capes-class patrol boats have a personnel capacity of up to 32 people and greater capabilities, while also featuring improved quality-of-life systems and advanced survival intelligence systems that will further enhance the Royal Australian Navy’s ability to fight and fight at sea.

Around 400 people were employed in the construction of the ship, which was built in about 18 months and more than 300 supply chain partners worked across Australia. In 2022, Austal is scheduled to deliver an unprecedented 9 new naval vessels to the Commonwealth of Australia, including 4 Evolved Cape-class patrol boats [SEA1445-1] for the Royal Australian Navy and 5 Guardian-class patrol boats for the Foreign Office.

ADV Cape Otway

Evolved Cape-class patrol boats need to replace existing Bay-class patrol boats that are still in service with the Royal Australian Navy.

The cape-class patrol boat weighs 400 tons and is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C main engines with an output of 2,525 kW [3,386 hp] at 1,800 rpm. The patrol boat has integrated two ZF 9055A gearboxes, two fixed pitch propellers, and an HRP 2001 TT 160 kW [210 hp] bow thruster for high maneuverability. All this provides the Cape-class patrol boat with a maximum speed of 25 knots or 46 km / h.

Australia received Cape-class patrol boat - .50 cal MGs, DGPS, VDR
ZF9055 A gearbox, Wikipedia

The crew of the boat consists of 18 people. The cape-class patrol boat has an operating range of 4,000 nmi [7,400 km; 4,600 mi] at 12 knots [22 km / h; 14 mph] and has 28 days of offshore endurance.

Evolved Cape-class patrol boat has integrated sensors and process systems, such as two electronic chart display and information systems [ECDIS], two gyro compasses, two differential global positioning systems [DGPS], one secure marine automatic identification system [AIS-S], an electro-optical sensor system [EOSS], radars and voyage data recorder [VDR]. The armament of the patrol boat consists of two 50-caliber light machine guns.

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