Bay-class patrol boat
Bay class patrol boat Botany Bay underway in Darwin Harbour
|Name:||Bay class Patrol Boat|
Sri Lankan Navy
|In service:||1999 to present|
|Length:||38.2 m (125 ft)|
|Beam:||7.2 m (24 ft)|
|Draught:||2.4 m (7.9 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 × MTU 16V 2000 M70 diesels
1 VosperThornycroft bow thruster
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Range:||1,000 nautical miles (1,900 km; 1,200 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Boats & landing
|2 × Wiltrading Pursuit 640 vessels (USLC-2C Survey)|
Surface search: Racel Decca; E/F and I bands
Wesmar SS 390E dipping sonar
|Armament:||1 × 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun|
The Bay class is a class of eight armed patrol boats, built by Austal Ships and used by the Customs Marine Unit of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. They entered service during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and are primarily used on border protection duties.
The class was due to be replaced by 2010, but a request for tender was not issued until June of that year. The availability of the Bay class ships decreased during the later years of their service life. After the Cape class began entering service, four of the Bays were offered to other forces; two each to the Sri Lankan Navy and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.
Design and construction
Bay class vessels have a displacement of 134 tons, are 38.2 metres (125 ft) long, have a beam of 7.2 metres (24 ft), and a draught of 2.4 metres (7.9 ft). The propulsion system consists of two MTU 16V 2000 M70 diesels, supplemented by a VosperThornycroft bow thruster. The patrol boats have a maximum speed of 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph), and a maximum range of 1,000 nautical miles (1,900 km; 1,200 mi). Each vessel is fitted with a 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun, and two Wiltrading Pursuit 640 vessels are carried for boarding operations. The sensor suite consists of a Racal Decca surface search radar operating in the E/F and I bands, and a Wesmar SS 390E dipping sonar. A Bay class vessel has a crew of 12.
The eight patrol boats are operated by the Customs Marine Unit of the Australian Customs Service. They are primarily used to patrol Australia's Economic Exclusion Zone, although they also operate in support of other Australian law enforcement and defence agencies, including but not limited to the Australian Federal Police, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and the Royal Australian Navy.
Bay class vessels often operate on border protection duties under Border Protection Command. The age of the vessels and resulting maintenance needs has seen a drop in the amount of time spent at sea, with other ships of the Customs Marine Unit forced to take up the slack.
The Bay class were due to be replaced in 2010, but it was not until June of that year that a request for tender was issued for eight new, larger patrol boats. Austal received the tender for eight 57.8 metres (190 ft) patrol boats on 12 August 2011. Construction of the vessels, designated the Cape class, was to start in February 2012,[needs update] and the first vessel was launched in January 2013.
Two Bay-class patrol boats have been gifted to the Sri Lankan Navy. Corio Bay was transferred on 30 March 2014, and Hervey Bay was handed over on 3 June that year. Originally renamed as SLNS Oshadi and SLNS Omaya, the patrol boats were recommissioned on 9 July as SLNS Mihikatha and SLNS Rathnadeepa. Another two have been offered to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.
ACV Roebuck Bay (ACV 10)
ACV Holdfast Bay (ACV 20)
ACV Botany Bay (ACV 30)
ACV Hervey Bay (ACV 40)
ACV Corio Bay (ACV 50)
ACV Arnhem Bay (ACV 60)
ACV Dame Roma Mitchell (ACV 70)
ACV Storm Bay (ACV 80)
- Wiltrading Pursuit 640 Manual
- Saunders (ed.), Jane's Fighting Ships, p. 37
- Australian Customs Service, Customs Maritime Unit
- Tenix, Tenix shortlisted for Patrol Boat tender, "[Defense Maritime Services, partnering with Austal] is offering a stretched version of the Austal designed Bay Class Patrol Boat that is currently in service with Australian Customs."
- Austal, Austal to Build 10 Naval Patrol Boats for Yemen, "The all-aluminium patrol boat design selected by Yemen is a slightly less complex version of Austal's 38 metre Bay Class design..."
- Dodd, 'Dad's navy' fills in for faulty ships, "[The Royal Australian Navy] is relying heavily on the Australian Customs Service to provide back-up with a loan of eight Bay-class boats."
- Parnell, Navy and Customs vessels cut back on border patrols
- Australian Security Magazine, Govt to buy new border patrol vessels
- "Austal Awarded Cape Class Patrol Boat Contract". Media Releases. Austal. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- Australian Associated Press, Austal looks to Asia and Middle East
- "Sri Lanka to use Aussie gift boats to stop people smugglers". Canberra Times. 17 November 2013.
- Rahamat, Ridzwan (2 April 2014). "Sri Lankan Navy receives donated Australian patrol vessel". IHS Jane's 360. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
- Rahmat, Ridzwan (4 June 2014). "Sri Lanka receives second donated Australian patrol vessel". IHS Jane's 360. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
- Abeyrtne, Dharma Sri (10 July 2014). "President commissions SLNS Mihikatha and Rathnadeepa". Daily News. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- "Australia Intends To Provide Two Retired Patrol Boats To Malaysia By Mid-2015". BERNAMA. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
- Saunders, Stephen (ed.) (2007). Jane's Fighting Ships. Jane's Fighting Ships (110th edition (2007-2008) ed.). Surrey: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 978-0-7106-2799-5.
- Wiltrading. Wiltrading Pursuit 640 Manual.
- News articles
- Australian Associated Press (7 January 2013). "Austal looks to Asia and Middle East". Business Spectator. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Govt to buy new border patrol vessels". Australian Security Magazine. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
- Dodd, Mark (3 February 2007). "'Dad's navy' fills in for faulty ships". The Australian. News Corporation. Archived from the original on 2 February 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- Parnell, Sean (26 July 2010). "Navy and Customs vessels cut back on border patrols". The Australian. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "Austal to Build 10 Naval Patrol Boats for Yemen" (press release). Austal. 9 June 2003. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- "Customs Marine Unit". Australian Customs Service. 21 May 2008. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- "Tenix shortlisted for Patrol Boat tender" (press release). Tenix. 1 June 2002. Archived from the original on 10 November 2006. Retrieved 26 July 2007.
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- "Australian Customs 38m". Austal website. Retrieved 1 March 2010.