New patrol boat for PNG

Papua New Guinea receives first Guardian-class patrol boat

Gabriel Dominguez

The government of Papua New Guinea has received the first of four Guardian-class patrol boats in a ceremony held on 30 November at the facilities of Australian shipbuilder Austal in Henderson, Western Australia.

The vessel, which will be known as HMPNGS Ted Diro (with pennant number 401) once commissioned, is the first of 21 boats of the class to be gifted to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste as part of Australia’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (Sea 3036) programme, which is aimed at enhancing maritime security co-operation across the South Pacific region.

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