Patrol Boat Preview for Timor-Leste Delegation

July 22, 2019 – Senior officers and officials of Timor-Leste’s military – Falantil Forcas Defesa de Timor Lorosae (F-FDTL) – and Defence Department previewed their future patrol boat during a recent visit to the Republic of Tuvalu’s new Guardian Class Patrol Boat Te Mataili II in Cairns. Te Mataili II is the second Guardian Class Patrol Boat built by Western Australian shipbuilder Austal under a contract that will see 23 ships built for Timor-Leste and 12 Pacific island nations over four years. The patrol boats are being gifted by Australia,…

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Tonga receives Guardian-class Patrol Boat

June 21, 2019 – Australia is stepping up in the Pacific as we continue to take engagement with our regional partners to a new level with the handover of a new Guardian-class Patrol Boat to the Kingdom of Tonga. The Tongan Royal Navy’s Ngahau Koula was received by His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala and Captain Sione Ulakai, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff to His Majesty’s Armed Forces, at a ceremony in Western Australia. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the replacement of the Pacific…

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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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