Two Guardian Pass patrol boats were simultaneously launched at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, WA.

The Australian Marine Complex leads the world in the construction of high speed, lightweight vessels. The maritime precinct, where the two Guardian Pass patrol boats were launched, is approximately 35 hectares in area, and is home to five primary shipbuilders1. Austal, a global defence prime contractor, has designed and built the Patrol Class for the Commonwealth of Australia2.

The launch of the vessels took two days due to inclement weather and high winds. The first Patrol Class boat was transferred onto the floating dock, secured onto cradles on the deck, following which the second vessel was put into position. When both were safely secured by docking lines, and tied onto the cradles, each trailer was removed from the floating dock. The following day, the crew commenced manoeuvring to deep sink pocket and began to de-ballast down. The dock continued down to just over eight metres when the vessels were floating clear and above the cradles3.

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