First Evolved Cape-class patrol boat delivered to Royal Australian Navy

Photo: Austal Australia
Photo: Austal Australia

Austal Australia has delivered the first of six Evolved Cape-class patrol boats slated for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

ADV Cape Otway has a length of 58 metres and accommodations for 32 crewmembers and other personnel. Austal said the vessel was built with a number of enhancements, improving operational capability and crew capacity compared to the vessels already operated by the navy and Australian Border Force.

All six Evolved Cape-class boats will replace the RAN's Armidale-class patrol boats. The newer vessels will also be used as interim patrol platforms until the commissioning of the navy's Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels.

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