The government of Tuvalu received a Guardian-class patrol boat from Australia in a ceremony held on 5 April at the facilities of shipbuilder Austal in Henderson, Western Australia.
The vessel, which has been named Te Mataili II , is the second of 21 boats of the class to be given by Canberra to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste as part of Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (Sea 3036) programme. The project is aimed at enhancing maritime security co-operation across the South Pacific region.
Te Mataili II was received by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sosene Sopoaga. The country's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour, Taukelina Finikaso, the Minister for Natural Resources, Puakena Boreham, and the Commissioner of the Tuvalu Police Service, Luka Falefou, also attended the ceremony.
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