Austal Australia Delivers Guardian Class OPV RSIPV Gizo

November 8, 2019 – Austal Limited (Austal) (ASX: ASB) is pleased to announce the on-time delivery of the fifth Guardian Class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence. The vessel, the RSIPV Gizo, was today gifted by the Government of Australia to the Government of the Solomon Islands during a handover ceremony at Austal Australia’s Henderson shipyard – attended by the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Melissa Price MP. “Today’s delivery of Guardian Class Patrol Boat number five highlights…

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HMAS Adelaide to support Operation Render Safe for the first time

October 27, 2019 – Operation RENDER SAFE 2019 has commenced in the Solomon Islands, with the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces working together with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to dispose of Second World War explosives. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the Solomon Islands is still affected by a large number of unexploded and abandoned munitions. “The scale of military action that occurred in the Pacific is evident in the amount of explosive material still being found almost 75 years since the…

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HMAS Newcastle Makes Farewell Visit to Namesake

June 17, 2019 – HMAS Newcastle has sailed into her namesake city for the final time after 25 years of faithful service, steaming more than 900,000 miles and gaining battle honors in East Timor, the Solomon Islands and the Persian Gulf. Newcastle’s arrival also marks the completion of the final overseas deployment by an Adelaide class guided missile frigate, which have formed the backbone of Navy operations for almost 40 years. Newcastle was the last of the Adelaide Class frigates commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy and was the last…

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VP-47 Keeps Watch during FFA’s Operation Rai Balang in Pacific Islands

March 27, 2019 – The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 flew multiple missions during Operation Rai Balang, a Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)-led multi-lateral Monitoring Control & Surveillance operation with eight FFA members; Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Mar. 21-28. VP-47 surveillance missions during Operation Rai Balang supported FFA’s mission to detect, deter, report and/or apprehend potential illegal, unregulated or unreported fishing activity and to enhance Pacific Island Countries involvement and participation in maritime…

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La Glorieuse and a Gardian take part in Operation Kuru Kuru 2018

October 30, 2018 (Google Translation) – From October 1st to 12th, 2018, La Glorieuse was deployed in the area of ​​permanent responsibility of the Armed Forces in New Caledonia (FANC) to participate in the Kuru Kuru regional fisheries control operation 2018, coordinated from the regional fisheries surveillance center (RFSC) based in Honiara (Solomon Islands). The forces of twenty-one nations took part in this operation, which oversaw a large part of the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of the South Pacific countries. La Glorieuse has thus patrolled international waters between Vanuatu and…

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New Zealand hosts conventional weapons conference

New Zealand is hosting 14 Pacific countries at the Pacific Conference on Conventional Weapons Treaties in Auckland from 12 to 14 February. New Zealand’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, formally welcomed delegates to the Conference with a reception in Auckland. “The Conference provides an opportunity to reinforce the importance our region places on enhancing human security and protecting our peoples from harm,” said Mr Tabuteau. “It further reaffirms the role that the Pacific can play in protecting and strengthening global norms and in advancing the scope and span…

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USS Michael Murphy arrives in Solomon Islands

February 10, 2017 – The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Honiara for a goodwill port visit, Feb. 10. Ship visits like this create opportunities for the United States and Pacific Island nations to strengthen security cooperation and ensure a safer and more prosperous future for the region. While in Honiara, Michael Murphy Commanding Officer Cmdr. Robert A. Heely Jr. will meet with Forum Fisheries Agencies and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. Michael Murphy will also conduct a memorial ceremony, Feb. 11, to honor the Sailors, Marines,…

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