Austal splashes 6th evolved Cape-class patrol boat for RAN

Shipbuilding company Austal has launched the sixth evolved Cape-class patrol vessel for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).


The vessel, Austal Hull 816, was launched at the Henderson, Western Australia shipyard following 12 months of construction and just over 3 months after the launch of the 5th ECCPB, the future ADV Cape Woolamai, in February 2023.

The 58-metre aluminium monohull patrol boat is the sixth of eight to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy.

The company delivered four evolved Cape-class patrol boats, ADV Cape Otway, ADV Cape Peron, ADV Cape Naturaliste, and ADV Cape Capricorn were delivered in March, August and November 2022, and in February 2023, respectively.

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he vessels are deployed by the Australian Border Force to;

  • Counter people, drug and weapons smuggling;
  • Apprehend foreign fishing vessels;
  • Gather information and intelligence;
  • Monitor environmental pollution; and
  • Assist management of offshore nature reserves and marine parks.

In December 2015, Austal was awarded a contract to construct two Cape-class Patrol Boats (Austal hulls 380, 381) for the Royal Australian Navy at the company’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard.