The Turnbull Government has further strengthened the nation’s border patrol capabilities with a second refurbished Bay Class vessel ABFC Storm Bay being returned to service.
The vessel is currently transiting from Cairns to the Torres Strait.
They will carry out patrols across Australia’s north ranging from Far North Queensland waters to the northern reaches of Western Australia.
The Australian Border Force’s newer and larger Cape Class fleet ranges further to sea than the Bay Class vessels.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said Australia faced a variety of threats at the ocean borders.
“We now have more assets and capability to counter those threats than ever before,” Mr Dutton said.
“The Coalition Government is determined to keep Australia as safe and secure as is possible and the ABF plays a vital role on our oceans.”
Mr Dutton said the ABF works with numerous other agencies to target illegal foreign fishing, illegal maritime arrivals and cross border movement of prohibited goods.
The Bay Class vessels are well suited to patrolling narrow and shallow channels of water due to their smaller size and shallower draught.
Manned by crews of eight to 12 ABF Marine Unit officers they will operate for 300 days a year and are expected to remain in service for the up to five years.
Note - This media release was published on 18 July 2016, after Australian Government caretaker arrangements had ceased.