Cape Class Patrol Boat for Australian Border Force


Austal is a global ship builder and defence prime contractor with industry leading capabilities in the development of both defence and commercial vessel platforms.

Since 1988, Austal has been designing, constructing and supporting commercial vessels (including passenger ferries, vehicle passenger ferries, offshore and windfarm vessels) for operators throughout the world – and is now a leader in the development and sustainment of advanced naval and other defence vessels.


Defence vessels designed and built by Austal Australia include military high speed support vessels for transport and humanitarian relief such as the new High Speed Support Vessel (HSSV) for the Royal Navy of Oman.

Austal Australia also designs, constructs, integrates and maintains an extensive range of patrol boats for government law enforcement and border protection agencies globally; including the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program for Australian Border Force.

Other Defence vessels designed and built by Austal include the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) for the United States Navy and the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) (formerly the Joint High Speed Vessel) for the United States Navy, both of which were built by Austal USA. For more information on Austal USA shipbuilding operations follow this link.

Austal’s defence vessels are developed by highly qualified, experienced naval engineers and designers utilising the very latest in naval architecture systems and constructed in industry leading shipbuilding facilities in Mobile, Alabama and Henderson, Western Australia.


Austal’s capabilities and strong reputation for quality shipbuilding grew from early success in the development of high speed passenger and vehicle passenger ferries, offshore and windfarm vessels.  Austal’s innovative catamaran and trimaran designs, expertise in the construction of high performance aluminium vessels and ability to customize proven commercial platforms to meet customer requirements continue to be sought after by the world’s leading maritime fleet operators.

Austal’s advanced commercial shipbuilding operations are based at Balamban in The Philippines. For more information on Austal Philippines shipbuilding operations follow this link.