November 27, 2009
Austal patrol boats show their capabilities
Austal has released new video of its latest high speed aluminum patrol craft.
The vessels include three of six 30 m patrol boats for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard and four 21.2 m inshore patrol craft for the Armed Forces of Malta. Both fleets are on schedule for completion in coming weeks.
The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) has described the speed and maneuverability of its Austal-built 30 m patrol boats as "impressive."
Each vessel will be armed with general purpose machine guns, and a 20mm cannon. They will enable the TTCG to provide sustained surveillance in the country's internal waters, the archipelagic territorial sea and its exclusive economic zone.
On sea trials, the vessels achieved a maximum speed of more than 40 knots, as well as a small tactical diameter and short crash stop distance.
The 21.2 m aluminum patrol boats for the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) have a speed of more than 26 knots and are designed to assist the AFM with surveillance and border protection throughout Malta's coastal waters.
Each vessel will be equipped with a 12.7 mm gun, as well as two 7.62 mm light machine guns on the aft flybridge deck.
The vessels also boast fire fighting capability via a fire monitor on the aft flybridge deck, while a radio direction finder capable of tracking emergency frequencies allows the vessels to perform search and rescue operations.
Adding to the platform's versatility is a bilge manifold located above the main aft deck, which can perform salvage pumping of another vessel if needed. A stern launching ramp allows the safe deployment and retrieval of a rigid hull inflatable boat and dive operations are also supported via low-to-the-water platforms located aft.