Australia Signs $209m Deal For New Pacific Patrol Boats

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Assist Pac partners in monitoring exclusive economic zones

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, May 7, 2016) – West Australian shipbuilder Austal and the Australian government have signed a deal to build up to 21 new patrol boats which will be donated to Pacific countries.

The defence minister Marise Payne said the contract was worth US$209 million dollars, with work to start mid-2017 and the first vessel to be delivered in late 2018.

She says the existing fleet is to be replaced with a fleet of new vessels to assist Australia's Pacific Island partners in monitoring their extensive exclusive economic zones.

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