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Western Australian shipbuilder Austal has completed its first
European defence contract following the commissioning of
four 21.2 metre inshore patrol craft for the Armed Forces of
The aluminium vessels have a maximum speed of more than 26
knots and will assist the AFM with surveillance and border protection
throughout Malta’s coastal waters.
Speaking at the historic commissioning ceremony held on March 18,
Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi described the vessels as “the
pride of the Maritime Squadron’s fleet.”
“The modern and cutting-edge technology coupled with the best
accommodation facilities will also provide a better working environment
for the crew,” Prime Minister Gonzi said.
“The patrol boats were purposely built and customised in line with the
Austal was awarded the contract in February 2009 following a
competitive international tender process, which called for a proven
design that addressed specific AFM requirements. The project was
co-financed by the European Union’s External Border’s Fund.
AFM Lieutenant Colonel Martin Sammut commended Austal for their
willingness to ensure client satisfaction.
“Austal’s professionalism has made it possible for all four vessels to be
completed on time. Furthermore their continued assistance is testimony
of their intent to seal this successful partnership,” Lt Col Sammut said.
The four vessels were built at Austal’s Western Australian facility and
delivered to Malta via liftship.
Austal’s Malta success
Patrol boats arrive
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