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Builders chosen for RAN patrol vessels

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Statement by the Minister for the Navy, The Hon. F.C. Chaney, M.P.

With the approval of the Acting Minister for Supply

(the Hon. Peter Howson), a 'contract has been let by the

Commonwealth Contract Board, bn behalf of the Department of

the Navy, to two Queensland ship-building firms for the

construction of 14 fast patrol vessels for the Royal Australian

Navy. The firms are Evans Deakin and Ce. Pt y . Ltd., of Brisbane,

and Walkers Ltd., of Maryborough. ' · ·

The total cost of the patrol beat project will be

over £5m. Construction will begin soon. .

The two firms tendered jointly to build the vessels.

Tenders for nine of the craft were called from Australian firms

and tenders for the remaining five were called both in Australia

and overseas. An interesting feature of the tenders was that,

after allowing for freight, the overseas tenders were not generally

competitive as to price or delivery times with the Australian

tenders. '

The patrol vessels have been designed by the R.A.N. for

service in northern Australian and Island waters. Nine will

serve with the R.A.N. and five with.the Navy's Papua-New Guinea

Division. ' . . .

The vessels will be 100 feet long and driven by two

powerful diesels. They will have ste.el hulls and aluminium

superstructure and two 40 mm guns will be mounted on deck.

They will be manned by three officers and 16 sailors.

All vessels will be fitted with radar and long-range

communication equipment and will be air-conditioned for tropical

service. . · '

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30th September, 1965.