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Monday, November 11, 2019 

Western Australia shipbuilder Austal has handed over the fifth Guardian Class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence.

The vessel, RSIPV Gizo, was gifted by the Government of Australia to the Government of the Solomon Islands.

“Today’s delivery of Guardian Class Patrol Boat number five highlights Austal’s clear strength in designing and constructing multiple naval vessels, on time and on budget,” said Austal CEO David Singleton. “We’re very proud of the fact we have delivered five Guardian Class Patrol Boats in less than 12 months, and even prouder of the consistently positive feedback we are receiving from the Pacific Island nations operating them. Faster, with improved seakeeping, better amenities and an enhanced mission capability – including the integrated stern launch and recovery – the Guardian Class Patrol Boats provide our neighbours with a much improved naval asset to carry out border patrols, regional policing, search and rescue and many other operations.”

The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project was awarded to Austal in May 2016, with an additional contract option awarded in April 2018, taking the programme to 21 vessels valued at more than A$335 million. 12 Pacific Island nations will receive the vessels through to 2023.

The 39.5m steel monohull patrol boat designed, constructed and sustained by Austal Australia is based on a proven design platform that has included the 38m Bay-class, 56m Armidale-class and 58m Cape-class patrol boats that are in service with the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy.

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