Henderson WA October 2, 2015 - Austal Limited is pleased to announce the eighth and final Cape Class Patrol Boat has been officially named Cape York during a ceremony held at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia today.
Cape York is the last of eight Cape-class patrol boats built by Austal for the Australian Border Force (ABF) under an AUD$330million design, construct and in-service support contract. The vessel was launched at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in September 2015 and has since undergone final fit out and sea trials, with final crew familiarizHendation to be completed prior to delivery to ABF in the next few weeks.
The naming ceremony was attended by ABF Deputy Commissioner Michael Outram APM, Assistant Commissioner Border Force Capability, Peter Docwra, Cape York traditional owners’ representative Richie Ah Mat and naming lady, Sallyanne Atkinson AO, former Lord Mayor of the City of Brisbane.
Named after Australia’s most northern point, Cape York in Queensland, the vessel represents the completion of the ABF’s most comprehensive border patrol capability asset program and Austal’s third major, multiple vessel contract for the Australian Government.
Davyd Thomas, Vice President of Defence remarked at the naming ceremony;
“The Cape Class Patrol Boat programme underpins Austal’s strategy to achieve the right balance between export and domestic demand as we believe that focus is the basis for the right sustainable model for the long term future of naval shipbuilding in Australia, and the capability it delivers.
Programs like the Cape Class for the Australian Government, along with our export programs - such as the two HSSV’S we are currently constructing for the Royal Navy of Oman here at Henderson - set the foundation for Austal’s future as a key enabler in delivering Australia’s indigenous naval shipbuilding capability efficiently, effectively and competitively.”
Delivering a Cape-class patrol boat every 10 weeks (on average) over 2014-15, Austal has delivered the programme on time and within budget; completing over 1.85 million man hours and processing over 900 tonnes of aluminium in the construction of the eight vessels.