Australian patrol ships
Nov 15, 2018 A new class of Royal Australian Navy offshore patrol vessels (OPV) officially started construction in a ceremony in Adelaide on November 15. Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, joined staff from Navys Construction Branch in Adelaide today to see the welding of the first two component blocks which will form part of the first vessel off the production line.The patrol boats have capacity to accommodate future trends in surveillance technology and response capability. It is intended that these vessels will be connected to the Australian Maritime Security Operations Centre via an Australian Maritime Identification System terminal on board each vessel. The Cape Class patrol boats are able to: australian patrol ships
In naval service, the two rotating crew groups for each of the two vessel are made up of RAN personnel, the patrol boats operate from HMAS Cairns, and are identified with the Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) prefix, but retain the blueandred customs colour scheme.