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Guardian Class Patrol Boat (Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement)

The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (SEA3036) Project is part of the Commonwealth’s Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP) that aims to enhance practical maritime security cooperation across the South Pacific. The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project broadens and further strengthens the region’s capability to respond to issues such fisheries protection, trans-national crime, and search and rescue through the provision of patrol boats to Pacific Island nations.

The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Program (PPBR) comprises 21 x 39.5m steel hull vessels designed and constructed by Austal for delivery to 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor Leste from late 2018 to 2023, including;

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Fiji
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Tonga
  • Solomon Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Palau
  • Samoa
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Timor Leste

The all new Guardian Class Patrol Boat is based on Austal’s proven patrol boat design platform, originally developed for the Australian Customs Service (now Australian Border Force) and is 39.5 metres long with a beam of 8 metres and a loaded draft of 2.5 metres. It is capable of traveling at 20 knots and at 12 knots possesses a 3,000 nautical mile range. Each vessel can accommodate 23 people.

The 21 Guardian Class vessels are under construction at Austal's dedicated Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Production Facility at Naval Base, in Western Australia and will be supported by Austal's service centre located in Cairns, Queensland.