2017-08-01: Austal lays keel for first PPB-R

Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne attended the ceremonial keel laying for the first of 19 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) type Patrol Boats for 12 Pacific nations. Hull 1 will be delivered in 2018 to Papua New Guinea who will receive 4 boats under the regional assistance program. Other nations that will receive boats include Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Micronesia and The Solomons.