The government of Trinidad & Tobago has announced its intention to buy two Austal Cape class patrol boats for border protection duties for the Caribbean nation, at a cost of about A$100 million.
The two vessels will join six Austal fast patrol craft in service, and will likely be financed through the Australian Government’s Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC). The vessels will be supported by Austal in service, and the company will establish a service centre in Trinidad for this work.
“This is an outstanding success for Austal and demonstrates the strong export potential of our local defence industry,” Minister for defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a July 26 release. “The Cape class patrol boats, used by the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy, provide excellent range and endurance and respond to a range of maritime security threats.”
The two 58m vessels will be built at Austal’s Henderson WA facility where 10 Cape class boats have already been built for the ABF and RAN, and delivery to Trinidad & Tobago is expected by mid-2020.