Austal Australia has successfully launched the 7th Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boat for the Royal Australian Navy – the future ADV Cape Solander – at the Henderson, Western Australia shipyard; achieving a record state of completion for the vessel, prior to hitting the water.

What does this mean?

Austal’s build and acceptance strategy, driven by Industry-leading efficiency and productivity measures means only a small percentage of the total vessel fit out and commissioning is required alongside (on the water). Our commissioning team have completed the majority of their work scope in the assembly bay.

We are extremely proud of our valued supply chain partners and Team Austal, who continue to collaborate and integrate; optimizing our collective performance and realizing opportunities. Our relationship with Defence Australia and Navy is one of openness, trust and transparency and translates into a high performing enterprise.

This outstanding achievement is testament to the naval shipbuilding capabilities that exist across the Henderson Precinct.

Austal has already delivered six 58 meter Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boats since May 2020, and following the Australian Government’s recent announcements in November 2023 and February 2024, we’ll be delivering another four vessels in the next two years for the Royal Australian Navy.

We’re making every second count, and delivering together – for the Royal Australian Navy, the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise, and our nation.