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Austal Ships is building and launching six Evolved Cape-class patrol boats, equipping the Royal Australian Navy to keep Australia’s borders safe.

The 58-metre-long patrol boats feature key enhancements to improve operational capability and crew capacity. These features include:

  • 30mm stabilised main gun
  • two x 12.7mm remote weapons stations for defence against SWARM threats
  • short range anti-surface missile system (provision)
  • operations room
  • UAV flight deck (VERTREP/transfer) – for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR)
  • multi-mission bay for UAV, UUV or SF detachments – including workshop/hangar space.

Image Credit: Austal Ships

VEEM is pleased to be part of Austal’s recent launch of the first patrol boat in Henderson, Western Australia.

The patrol boats feature VEEM Marine designed and built propellers ensuring vibration free, efficient operations and traditional shaft lines ensuring efficient operability through simplicity. The propellers and shaft lines are fully manufactured in Australia at VEEM’s Canning Vale facility from the initial casting of the metals in our foundry through to the extremely precise machining and polishing of the propeller blades.

Image Credit: Austal Ships

VEEM is well-equipped to support Australia’s defence industry with its 50+ years in marine, mining and defence manufacturing and innovation globally, delivering over $200 million of defence contracts.

Read more on the Department of Defence website here.


VEEM Ltd is a designer and manufacturer of disruptive, high-technology marine propulsion and stabilization systems for the global luxury motor yacht, fast ferry, commercial workboat and defence industries.