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Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s First Cape Class Patrol Boat officially named

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Austal announced Friday, March 15, the first-in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat has been officially named the ‘Cape St George’ during a ceremony held at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia. Cape St George is the first of eight new boats being built by Austal for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a design, construct and in-service support contract valued at approximately A$330 million ($343 million).

The vessel was launched at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in January 2013. It has since undergone final fit out and sea trials, with some other testing to be completed prior to final delivery to the customer.

The naming ceremony was attended by the Australian Special Minister for State, the Hon. Gary Gray AO; and former President of the Australian Senate Margaret Reid AO, who officially named the vessel.

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