Government has taken delivery of two Cape Class Coast Guard vessels from Austal at its shipyard in Perth, Australia.
These are scheduled to leave Australia for T&T on May 20th, and will be transported on a heavy lift ship.
According to the Office of the Prime Minister, they are expected to arrive in Trinidad in mid-July, weather permitting, after a six to seven week journey.
The two vessels, the TTCG Scarborough and TTCG Port of Spain, have been built to specification, and approved by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard.
The OPM says it will provide the necessary monitoring and offshore patrolling of all the country’s marine acreage.
In a statement on its website, Austal also confirmed the delivery.
Regarding the vessels, it says:
“The TTCG’s Cape-class Patrol Boats are based on the proven 58 metre monohull vessels operating with the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy, with a number of design customisations to meet TTCG mission requirements, including additional armament placements and crew accommodation for up to 27 persons.
Both TTS Port of Spain and TTS Scarborough are capable of patrols up to 28 days, with a range of over 3,000 nautical miles and a top speed in excess of 25 knots. Each vessel has two 7.3 metre rigid hull inflatable boats that may be deployed while underway, for a variety of constabulary missions.”
It also posted a video showing sea trials for the vessels: