September 22, 2018 – Australia is continuing its commitment to regional maritime security through an upgrade of wharf and shore-based infrastructure by Fletcher Morobe Constructions Limited at Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the $5 million contract is part of the Australian Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program.
“The Lombrum upgrades will support the safe and secure berthing of PNG’s four new Guardian-class Patrol Boats,” Minister Pyne said.
“The infrastructure works build upon existing security cooperation between Defence and the PNG Defence Force, including the recently established $2 million communications center at Lombrum.”
Minister Pyne said the Australia-PNG defense relationship is an enduring testament to our shared historical and cultural ties.
“Australia is proud to support the PNG Defence Force in strengthening their maritime security capability, and remains committed to our longstanding partnership.”
21 Guardian-class Patrol Boats are being gifted to 12 Pacific nations and Timor‑Leste from 2018-2023 under the Pacific Maritime Security Program.
“The Pacific Maritime Security Program, which is also providing a regional aerial surveillance capability, is the cornerstone of Defense’s engagement in the Pacific, and strengthens partner capacity and regional maritime security,” Minister Pyne said.