Austal Limited has announced the third-in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat has been officially named Cape Nelson during a ceremony at the company’s facility in Henderson, Western Australia.
Cape Nelson is the third of eight boats being provided by Austal for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) under a design, construct and in-service support contract.
The vessel was launched at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in May 2014 and has since undergone final fit out, sea trials and was handed over to ACBPS in September.
ACBPS are currently undertaking final crew training before the vessel enters operational service.
The naming ceremony was attended by Nigel Perry, acting DCEO Border Enforcement, and Ms Kelly Cartwright OAM, Australian Paralympian who officially named the vessel after Cape Nelson in her home state of Victoria.
During his address Austal Australia vice president Defence, Davyd Thomas, said: “Over the last 26 years Austal has designed and manufactured more than 250 high quality commercial and defence vessels. The majority of them were designed and built here in Henderson. Each vessel has been an important ingredient of Austal Australia’s evolution as a Global Defence Prime Contractor; especially in developing and maintaining the intellectual property, design, manufacturing and sustainment capability that is now embodied in Cape Nelson; and indeed in other vessels Austal is currently producing and sustaining across the world. This in essence, is what Austal Australia is all about.”