Federal police commission Naiad patrol boat
Yamba Welding and Engineering delivers its first vessel to Federal authority.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) based in Canberra have commissioned a new Naiad 9.5m patrol vessel built by NSW boat builder, Yamba Welding and Engineering. The new vessel will be used mainly to patrol Lake Burley Griffin but, with the addition of a substantial road trailer, it will also be available for offshore Federal Police work as required.
The boat was officially launched on Lake Burley Griffin last week alongside another general purpose patrol boat. Both vessels were given indigenous names, Ngunnawal and Yhuuramulun, in recognition of the local indigenous community.
“We are proud the new vessels will have names that recognise the ongoing partnership between ACT Policing and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” said AFP assistant commissioner Justine Saunders.
“The names Ngunnawal and Yhuuramulun represent the people and pathways of our local indigenous communities.
“They are symbols of our commitment to continue to build the relationship between police and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who call Canberra home.”
The all-aluminium Naiad vessel features a stepped hull for high performance. It is fitted with twin 300hp Evinrude E-Tec G2 engines to provide plenty of speed for pursuit work and are lightly stressed at normal operational speeds. A full cabin provides a comfortable workspace for three officers seated on Shockwave shock mitigation seating, with a cuddy cabin forward with a bunk on the port side and storage on starboard.
A feature of many Naiad patrol boats is the side gate in the foam fender allowing safe, easy access to the water from the cockpit for recovering persons or debris.
A substantial Raymarine electronics package has been fitted and the electrical system uses CZone electronic switching. The vessel has been finished to Yamba’s usual high standard, with all exterior aluminium nyalic coated and smart graphics in vinyl.
The commissioning of the boat marks an important milestone for the NSW-based company as it is the first time it has supplied a vessel to the Federal Police.
“The contract from AFP has allowed us to expand our workforce and in particular put on more apprentices,” said Bill Collingburn, Yamba Welding and Engineering managing director.
“Yamba Welding is a regional company now employing 33 people and the increased employment opportunities are a real economic boost for the regional area. We have been in operation since 1974 and in that time I have never seen the industry more buoyant. Business confidence in the industry is high.”
Collingburn added that the AFP project was important for the company because it allowed it to showcase its products to other Commonwealth and State government departments.
“I applaud the State and Federal Governments for buying Australian, particularly in the Defence area.
“I can only see the marine industry in Australia getting better and better and the potential is for huge employment growth in the industry,” he said.