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Friday, May 14, 2021 

Austal Australia has handed over two 58m Cape-class Patrol Boats to the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), 'TTS Port of Spain' (CG41) and 'TTS Scarborough' (CG42), were accepted by Lieutenant Commander Francise Paulette Cazoe of the TTCG, at a delivery ceremony held at Austal Australia’s Henderson shipyard.

Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said: “The Cape-class is Austal Australia’s signature patrol boat design, with 12 vessels now delivered and a further six under construction at our dedicated defence shipbuilding facility in Henderson. These two patrol boats for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard are the first Capes we’ve delivered for an export market and proudly represent the capability of not only the Western Australian defence industry, but Australia’s growing sovereign naval shipbuilding capability. I’d like to thank Minister Papalia and the Defence West team, led by WA Defence Advocate RADM Raydon Gates and Executive Director Matt Moran, for their continued support of naval shipbuilding in Western Australia and the hundreds of businesses that are helping to grow our industry. With their advanced seakeeping, these Cape vessels are perfectly suited to the requirements of the TTGC as the organisation seeks to police the country’s surrounding waters.”

The TTCG’s Cape-class Patrol Boats are based on the proven 58m monohull vessels operating with the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy, with a number of design customisations to meet TTCG mission requirements, including additional armament placements and crew accommodation for up to 27 persons. Both TTS Port of Spain and TTS Scarborough are capable of patrols up to 28 days, with a range of over 3,000 naut miles and speed in excess of 25 knots. Each vessel has two 7.3m rigid hull inflatable boats that may be deployed while underway, for a variety of constabulary missions.

Austal is also delivering 21 steel-hull Guardian-class Patrol Boats for 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor Leste under the SEA3036-1 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project, with 10 patrol boats delivered since 2018. Austal provides in-service support to both the Cape and Guardian-class Patrol Boat fleets through an expanding service centre network including Henderson, Western Australia, Cairns, Queensland and Darwin, Northern Territory.

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