Forgacs was awarded a contract to design and construct a 30.4m landing craft for the Kingdom of Tonga.
The contract was award by the Defence Material Organisation in May 2014. The landing craft was gifted to the Kingdom of Tonga by the Australian Government and delivered under a long-running defence cooperation program.
The scope of work included:
- structural fabrication,
- blast and paint,
- fit-out, and
- sea trials.
The vessel was built and launched at Forgacs’ Newcastle shipbuilding facility.
The landing craft was constructed for the transport of Tonga Defence Services equipment, and personnel, and for amphibious training, disaster relief and emergency towing. It was designed to carry fuel oil, fresh water, containers, deck cargo and vehicles.
The craft will boost the Tongan military’s capacity to reach remote communities for nation-building construction activities as well as in response to natural disasters such as cyclones.