- Australia has launched the first vessel under its Pacific Patrol Boat security assistance initiative
- First vessel is on track for delivery to Papua New Guinea in October 2018
Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched the first vessel ordered under Canberra’s SEA 3036 Pacific Patrol Boat programme.
The vessel, which bears the name Ted Diro with pennant number 401, was launched on 29 May at the Australian Marine Complex at Henderson, Western Australia. It is the first of 21 boats that will be gifted to 12 Pacific Island nations as part of Australia’s security assistance to countries in the region.