Austal has announced the commencement of sea trials for the first Guardian Class, Pacific Patrol Boat.
Austal will design and build 21 patrol boats under the PPB-R programme, which will then be gifted by the Commonwealth to the Pacific Island Nations.
“We could not have had a better way to celebrate Austal’s 30th birthday, then by successfully meeting another milestone in the PPB-R program. The PPB-R program is a reflection of Austal’s 30 years in designing and building next-generation technologically advanced vessels. As a company the continuing investment in our operations, our facilities and our people has been critical to our success” Austal CEO, David Singleton said.
Austal is headquartered in Western Australia and over the last 30 years, has designed, constructed and delivered more than 300 commercial and defence vessels for more than 100 operators in 54 countries worldwide and established international operations in the United States, the Philippines and China,”
Austal was awarded the Pacific Patrol Boat contract for 19 vessels and associated in service support valued at AU$305 million in May 2016.
A further contract for two additional vessels valued at AU$29.7 million was awarded in April, 2018.