- The Kingdom of Tonga has received a Guardian-class patrol vessel from Australia
- Vessels in the programme are on track to be delivered to 13 recipient countries at a rate of one per quarter until October 2023
The Tongan Royal Navy has taken delivery of a Guardian-class patrol vessel from Australia.
The vessel, which has been named Ngahau Koula , is a part of the Australian government's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (Sea 3036) programme. The initiative will see the donation of 21 new patrol vessels to 12 Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste.
The first Guardian-class vessel, HMPNGS Ted Diro , was handed over to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force's (PNGDF) Maritime Element in 2018, while the second vessel, which has been named Te Mataili II , was delivered to Tuvalu in April 2019.
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