The Australian government has handed over a Guardian-class patrol vessel to Samoa.
The boat, which has been named Nafanua II , was handed over to representatives from the Samoan government at Henderson, Western Australia on 16 August.
Nafanua II will be operated by the Police Maritime Wing of the Samoan Police Service. The vessel is part of the Australian government’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (SEA 3036) programme, which will see the donation of 21 new patrol vessels to 12 Pacific Island countries, and Timor-Leste.
The first vessel under the programme, Ted Diro , was handed over to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force’s (PNGDF) Maritime Element in 2018, while the second vessel, Te Mataili II , was delivered to Tuvalu in April 2019. The Kingdom of Tonga took delivery of the third vessel, Ngahau Koula , in June 2019.
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