A piece of the Pacific in the west

May 12, 2019 – With their beautiful, harmonious singing and a new Guardian class Patrol Boat, the maritime surveillance unit of the Tuvalu Police Force brought a distinct Pacific Island feel to Fleet Base West. The Tuvalu Police Force maritime surveillance unit was on hand to receive NUSHIP Te Mataili II on behalf of the Government of Tuvalu at a recent ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Henderson Shipyard in Perth, Western Australia and was attended by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu the Right Hon Enele Sosene Sopoaga and…

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First Guardian Class Patrol Boat Commissioned

February 12, 2019 – The Papua New Guinea Defence Force celebrated the commissioning of the first Guardian class Patrol Boat, HMPNGS Ted Diro, on Friday 1 February, with the Chief of the Australian Defence Force and the Ship’s Company of HMAS Wollongong in attendance at the ceremony. It is the first of 21 Guardian class Patrol Boats to be gifted to 12 Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste under the Pacific Maritime Security Program, the successor to the original Pacific Patrol Boat Program in which Australia gifted vessels to Pacific Island…

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21 Pacific Patrol Boats to be built in WA

Australia will gift Timor-Leste two new patrol boats following the finalization of the shipbuilding arrangements. The new arrangements follow the agreement between Prime Minister Turnbull and Prime Minister Alkatiri in November 2017 for the provision of these two new boats to Timor-Leste. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said Australia’s gifting of these vessels will help enhance Timor-Leste’s capability to patrol its maritime borders and protect its natural resources. “The boats will be sovereign capabilities of Timor-Leste, with Australian advisory, maintenance, infrastructure, and other support,” Minister Payne said.…

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