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Papua New Guinea commissions second Guardian-class patrol boat from Australia


October 18, 2021, by Fatima Bahtić

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) has commissioned its second Guardian-class patrol vessel HMPNGS Rochus Lokinap at the Lombrum Naval Base.

The vessel is the second of 21 Guardian-class patrol boats to be gifted to 12 Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste under Australia’s Pacific Maritime Security Program. The unit was handed over to the PNGDF in March 2021.

The Guardian-class ship has an overall length of 39.5 meters, a beam of 8 meters, and it can accommodate a crew of 23. The vessel is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C engines and it can attain a top speed of 20 knots.

The class is designed to be equipped with a 30 mm naval gun as a primary weapon, as well as port and starboard mounts for 12.7 mm general-purpose machine guns. The ships are designed to assist nations to combat a wider range of maritime security issues, including transnational crime and illegal fishing.

In February 2019, PNGDF commissioned the first Guardian-class patrol boat HMPNGS Ted Diro. Ted Diro is named after the first Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force post-independence.

Papua New Guinea commissions Austal-built Guardian patrol boat HMPNGS Ted Diro - Naval Today
 

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Guardian class is downgraded cheaper boats built with off-the-shelf components for giveaway to Island nations around Australia, where these smaller nations do not have facilities to maintain specialized naval engines and components.

The real deal is the Cape Class (which is about 190 ft. long compared to the 130 ft. long Guardian class).







The Cape class is a follow on from the Armidale class patrol boat for the Australian Navy and Australian Border Force. These are quite nice designs from Austal in Henderson, Australia, where they are built. However, being mostly for border protection, armament is limited to 30mm autocannons for RAN and .50 cal MGs for ABF.

https://defbrief.com/2020/05/01/aus...-cape-class-patrol-boats-for-australian-navy/

https://www.navyrecognition.com/ind...t-of-six-evolved-cape-class-patrol-boats.html

This is rather lightweight offensive armament compared to the Bangladesh and Pakistan Navy scenarios. However this vessel has much longer endurance and range than LPC's in the subcontinent.

Our Durjoy class LPC (roughly in the same size category) carries quad C704 missiles, but has a Navy crew of 60, whereas the Cape class has a crew of 18, who are mainly staff dedicated to border patrol duties, even for RAN.

Armament for Durjoy class in Bangladesh:


Armament for Azmat Class in Pakistan:



I am no Navy expert, but it seems to me that missile installation could possibly not be fitted into this Cape Class design.
 

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Guardian class is downgraded cheaper boats built with off-the-shelf components for giveaway to Island nations around Australia, where these smaller nations do not have facilities to maintain specialized naval engines and components.

The real deal is the Cape Class (which is about 190 ft. long compared to the 130 ft. long Guardian class).







The Cape class is a follow on from the Armidale class patrol boat for the Australian Navy and Australian Border Force. These are quite nice designs from Austal in Henderson, Australia, where they are built. However, being mostly for border protection, armament is limited to 30mm autocannons for RAN and .50 cal MGs for ABF.

https://defbrief.com/2020/05/01/aus...-cape-class-patrol-boats-for-australian-navy/

https://www.navyrecognition.com/ind...t-of-six-evolved-cape-class-patrol-boats.html

This is rather lightweight offensive armament compared to the Bangladesh and Pakistan Navy scenarios. However this vessel has much longer endurance and range than LPC's in the subcontinent.

Our Durjoy class LPC (roughly in the same size category) carries quad C704 missiles, but has a Navy crew of 60, whereas the Cape class has a crew of 18, who are mainly staff dedicated to border patrol duties, even for RAN.

Armament for Durjoy class in Bangladesh:


Armament for Azmat Class in Pakistan:



I am no Navy expert, but it seems to me that missile installation could possibly not be fitted into this Cape Class design.
i don't see any autocannons.
 

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Guardian class is downgraded cheaper boats built with off-the-shelf components for giveaway to Island nations around Australia, where these smaller nations do not have facilities to maintain specialized naval engines and components.

The real deal is the Cape Class (which is about 190 ft. long compared to the 130 ft. long Guardian class).







The Cape class is a follow on from the Armidale class patrol boat for the Australian Navy and Australian Border Force. These are quite nice designs from Austal in Henderson, Australia, where they are built. However, being mostly for border protection, armament is limited to 30mm autocannons for RAN and .50 cal MGs for ABF.

https://defbrief.com/2020/05/01/aus...-cape-class-patrol-boats-for-australian-navy/

https://www.navyrecognition.com/ind...t-of-six-evolved-cape-class-patrol-boats.html

This is rather lightweight offensive armament compared to the Bangladesh and Pakistan Navy scenarios. However this vessel has much longer endurance and range than LPC's in the subcontinent.

Our Durjoy class LPC (roughly in the same size category) carries quad C704 missiles, but has a Navy crew of 60, whereas the Cape class has a crew of 18, who are mainly staff dedicated to border patrol duties, even for RAN.

Armament for Durjoy class in Bangladesh:


Armament for Azmat Class in Pakistan:



I am no Navy expert, but it seems to me that missile installation could possibly not be fitted into this Cape Class design.
I wonder, but looking at that cape class, where they put those weapons at? Those naval gun, cannon, missiles and rocket launcher won't be fit into that cape class ship.
 

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