The Navy Vol_67_No_2 Apr 2005 - Navy League of Australia

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The Navy Vol_67_No_2 Apr 2005 - Navy League of Australia

HATCH, MATCH & DISPATCHFIRST ARMIDALE NAMED ANDLAUNCHEDThe RAN has taken delivery the first of 14 Armidale classpatrol boats, NUSHIP ARMIDALE.Minister for Environment and Heritage, Senator IanCampbell attended the naming ceremony, held at the AustalShips construction facility, Western Australia on behalf ofDefence Minister Senator Hill.“This ceremony commemorates the successful launchof the vessel on 5 January 2005, following the design andconstruction over the past year,” Senator Campbell said.“This achievement is testament to Austal’s and TheDefence Materiel Organization’s ability to deliver on time andon budget.“I am sure that the ship trials over the next few monthswill also see the vessel’s ability to meet the requiredperformance”.The 56 metre all-aluminium monohull was named byMs Jana Stone, the eldest daughter of Ordinary SeamanDonald Raymond Lawson who served on the original HMASARMIDALE, a Bathurst class corvette, during World War II.This launch of the first vessel is a key milestone underProject Sea 1444 following the signing of a $553 millioncontract on 17 December 2003 with Defence MaritimeServices (DMS) for the supply and long term support of a newPatrol Boat fleet of 14 Armidale class boats.“I congratulate DMS, the principal contractor, and AustalShips, responsible for the design and construction of the vesselsfor their work on this project,” Senator Campbell said.The Armidale class vessels will substantially improve theRoyal Australian Navy’s capability to intercept and apprehendvessels suspected of illegal fishing and quarantine, customsor immigration offences. The patrol boats in this regard play amajor role in patrolling and protecting Australia’s coastline.Following the sea trials, NUSHIP ARMIDALE is scheduledfor acceptance in May 2005.The 14 patrol boats will be delivered at regular intervalsover the next two-and-a-half years.Chief of Navy, VADM Chris Ritchie, and the Austal Managing Director Mr John Rothwell walk past the newly named and launched ARMIDALE.30 VOL. 67 NO. 2 THE NAVY

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