New Police Maritime Facility Opened In Vanuatu

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Australia thanked for providing 25 years of support

By Glenda Shing

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, June 26, 2013) – The new Vt45 million [US$461,538] Police Maritime Wing workshop facility was officially opened by the Commissioner of Police, Arthur Caulton Friday.

It is the Australian Defence Cooperation Program’s (DCP) latest aid project to the Vanuatu Police Force and the purpose built facility will be a great asset to the Police Maritime Wing as it incorporates an open plan engineering workshop area, safety workshop equipment, electrical workshop, storage areas, a classroom, a kitchen and a change room.

In his speech, Commissioner Caulton acknowledged DCP which has been working alongside the Police Maritime Wing to build capacity and to improve maritime security for over 25 years.

"Starting with the donation of RVS Tukoro in 1985, DCP has continuously provided training, equipment and advice to the Police Maritime Wing to enhance surveillance of our Exclusive Economic Zone." the Commissioner of Police said.

Caulton said the new workshop has added to the list of facilities that DCP have already upgraded at Mala Base, which in 2012 included: a boat ramp for the launching of small boats, a new administration building, improved perimeter security fencing in May, 2012 and a new boat shed built in November.

That is not all, currently; RVS Tukoro is undergoing a six-month refit in Australia and will return in November.

On its returning, DCP will have effectively completed an upgrade of all Police Maritime Wing assets. This means that Vanuatu will have some of the most modern and capable assets for maritime policing in the Pacific.

The Commissioner of Police, on behalf of the Vanuatu Police Force thanked the DCP for support and advice over the 25 years and announced to look forward to working together in the next 25 years.

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