Austal Australia has launched into 2022, literally, with the launch of the 15th Guardian-class patrol Boat to be constructed for the Australian Government Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project (SEA3036-1).
‘Te Kukupa II’, for the Cook Islands Police Service, was launched this week at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia after a safe transfer by Vulcan Engineering from Austal’s Naval Base shipyard.
The vessel is one of 9 ships that Austal Australia will be delivering to the Commonwealth of Australia in CY2022; including 5 Guardian-class Patrol Boats to be gifted to our Pacific Island neighbours, and 4 Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boats for the Royal Australian Navy.
Austal is incredibly proud of our Australian heritage and a proven track record of delivering shipbuilding programs to local and international clients for over 33 years. Our capabilities and expertise span the entire Shipbuilding Product Lifecycle; from design and construction to commissioning and sustainment.
In CY2021, the Austal Australia team delivered 7 locally designed and constructed naval ships – 5 Guardian-class Patrol Boats to the Commonwealth of Australia and 2 Cape-class Patrol Boats to the Government of Trinidad & Tobago.
The delivery of the 2 ships to the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard is particularly significant as they represent the first exports of the proven Cape-class Patrol Boat design, a benchmark naval ship conceived, designed and built in Australia by Austal.
Our exceptionally talented teams of designers, shipbuilders and sustainers are dedicated and committed to provide Australia and our Pacific partners with the capability and support they require to keep our region safe and secure.
Teaming with both Government and Industry to efficiently deliver Australian designed and Australian made naval ships, Austal Australia is helping to build our nation’s sovereign shipbuilding capability.