Austal has commenced sea trials for the first Guardian-class vessel of the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Program.
The PPB-R program will see 21 Austal designed and built patrol boats gifted by the Commonwealth to the Pacific Island Nations.
The PPB-R contract was awarded to Austal in May, 2016 and is valued at AU$305 million (US$225 million) for the original 19 vessels.
A further contract was awarded in April, 2018 for two additional vessels valued at AU$29.7 million.
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