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The Guardian-class patrol boats are a class of small patrol vessels designed and built in Australia for small Pacific Ocean countries.[1][2]

The class is designed to be updated replacements for the Pacific Forum patrol vessels provided to its allies from 1987 to 1997.[1][3][4][5][6][7] Australia provided twenty-two Pacific Forum vessels to twelve nations. They were designed to use commercial off the shelf components, to make them easier to maintain for the small nations that would operate them. Australia stood ready to help with training and maintenance, during the duration of the program, because Australia's external security issues were eased if it could count on its sovereign neighbours having resources to police their own external security.

Austal was commissioned to build 19 Guardian-class boats in 2016.[8][9] Austal's contract allows it to market the design to additional customers.[10] Subsequently, an additional two vessels were ordered for Timor-Leste, scheduled for delivery in late 2023.

Austal delivered HMPNGS Ted Diro to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force on 30 November 2018.[11] Her engines broke down in October 2019, and she had to be towed to Australia for repairs.[12]

Roles

Like the class of vessels they will replace, these small vessels will allow Australia's small neighbours to patrol their own economic zones. They will be able to control smuggling, unregulated fishing, and perform search and rescue duties.[9][13] The Guardian class will be slightly larger, will have better sea-keeping capabilities, and their electronics suite will be up to date.

Design

The Australian government called for submission in March 2015.[9][13] Five consortia submitted designs for the class.[14] Austal was chosen as the contractor in April 2016.

The vessels will be 39.5 m (Expression error: Missing operand for round. ftin) long, steel monohull design, capable of traveling 3000 nmi (Expression error: Missing operand for round. {{{3}}}) at 12 kn (Expression error: Missing operand for round. {{{3}}}), with a maximum speed of 20 kn (Expression error: Missing operand for round. {{{3}}}).[1] They are designed to berth a complement of 23 crew members. They will have a stern launching ramp for a pursuit boat.[15][16] Austal will deliver the vessels without armament, but they were designed to be capable of mounting an autocannon of up to 30 mm (1.18 in) on their foredeck, and a heavy machine gun on either side of their bridge.

The vessel's twin diesel engines can provide 4000 kW (Expression error: Missing operand for round. shp).[9] Sophisticated electronic engine controls will help conserve fuel.

One of the main deck staterooms, a stateroom with two bunks, is equipped with separate ventilation, so it can be used as an infirmary for infectious patients.[2]

On May 28, 2021, a representative of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force announced that its Guardian class vessels would carry deck guns.[17] Austal would install armament prior to delivery of the third and fourth vessel. Its first two vessels would return to Austal's shipyards to be retrofitted with armament.

Delivery

The keel of the first vessel was laid in July 2017.[18] That vessel was scheduled to be delivered to Papua New Guinea in October 2018.[19][20] New vessels are scheduled to be completed every three months.[21][22][23] The first vessel was commissioned into the PNGDF on 1 February 2019.[24] The second was commissioned into the Tuvalu Police Force on 5 April 2019.[25][26]

Austal's contract contains provisions to provide maintenance support to the client states, for seven years, out of its Cairns facility.[9]

Disposition of Guardian-class boats[13][27]
Image Name Customer    Delivery    Commissioning Retirement Notes
HMPNGS Ted Diro (P401) -b.jpg HMPNGS Ted Diro (P401) Papua New Guinea 2018-11-30 2019-02-01
HMTSS Te Mataili II (802) Tuvalu 2019 2019-04-05
VOEA Ngahau Koula (P301) Tonga 2019 2019-10-16
  • The vessel's crew may contain both men and women.[36][37][38][39]
  • Commissioned on 16 October 2019.[40]
Western Samoan patrol vessel Nafanua II Samoa 2019-08-16[41] 2019-10[42]
RSIPV Gizo at Austal shipyards in Henderson, Western Australia, September 2019 01.jpg RSIPV Gizo 05 Solomon Islands 2019-11-08 2019-12-19
RFNS Savenaca Fiji 2020-03-06
PSS Remeliik II, Guardian class patrol boat, at Austal shipyards in Henderson, Western Australia, March 2020 03.jpg PSS Remeliik II Palau 2020-09-18
Teanoai II (301) at Austal shipyards in Henderson, Western Australia, September 2020 01.jpg RKS Teanoai II (301) Kiribati 2020-04-18[58][59] 2021-06-18[59]
  • Teanoai II was launched on 24 April 2020.[60]
  • Covid 19 virus health counter-measures delayed the delivery of the Teanoai II until June 2021.[59]
VOEA Ngahau Siliva (P302) at Austal shipyards in Henderson, Western Australia, August 2020 01.jpg VOEA Ngahau Siliva (P302) Tonga 2020-10-30 2021-01-27
RSIPV Taro at Austal shipyards in Henderson, Western Australia, March 2021 01.jpg RSIPV Taro 06 Solomon Islands 2021-05-07
  • Solomon Islands will receive two vessels.[27]
  • The second vessel will replace RSIPV Auki.[47]
  • Taro was delivered to a Solomon Island crew, in Henderson, Australia, on May 7, 2021.[64][65][66]
HMPNGS Rochus Lokinap (P402) at Austal shipyards in Henderson, Western Australia, November 2020 01.jpg HMPNGS Rochus Lokinap (P402) Papua New Guinea 2021-04-13
  • Papua New Guinea will receive a total of four vessels.[28]
RVS Takuare Vanuatu 2021-08-02 Delivered just 6 weeks after the 11th vessel[67][68][69]
HMPNGS Francis Agwi boat at Austal shipyards in Henderson, Western Australia, October 2021 02.jpg HMPNGS Francis Agwi (P403) Papua New Guinea 2021-10-22
  • Papua New Guinea will receive a total of four vessels.[28][70][71]
Te Kukupa II Cook Islands 2022-01-19
Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea will receive a total of four vessels.[28]
Republic of Marshall Islands
Federated States of Micronesia 2022
  • Federated States of Micronesia will receive two vessels in 2022.[27][74]
Federated States of Micronesia 2022
  • Federated States of Micronesia will receive two vessels.[27][74]
Fiji 2023
Timor-Leste 2023[77][78]
  • Timor-Leste will receive two vessels.[27]
Timor-Leste 2023[77][78]
  • Timor-Leste will receive two vessels.[27]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Austal Pacific Patrol Boat 40, Austal. Retrieved on 21 January 2018. “Austal will design, construct and deliver the 19 steel-hulled patrol boats (valued at $280 million) to 12 Pacific Island nations. The contract includes an option for two additional vessels.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 Australia's Defence Engagement in the Pacific: 2016 Defence White Paper, Australian Navy, 2016. Retrieved on 22 April 2018. “The Pacific Patrol Boats are gifted by Australia as sovereign assets, and have enabled Pacific Island countries to take an active role in securing their own borders and resources – to the benefit of the region overall. The PPBs are used to undertake a wide range of tasks, from fisheries enforcement, to Search and rescue, to movement of ballot boxes.”
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  8. Daniel Newell. Austal set to book extra patrol boat orders for Timor-Leste, The West Australian, 5 November 2017. Retrieved on 21 January 2018. “The order would increase total production of the boats to 21 from the 19 already committed to early last year in a contract worth $305 million.”
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  10. Austal approaches completion of Cape class and starts work on PPB-R project, The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, July–August 2017. Retrieved on 21 January 2018. “Austal is currently pursuing export opportunities for variations of the Bay class, Cape class and Guardian class (Pacific) patrol boats, for customers in the Middle East and Asia.”
  11. 11.0 11.1 Fed govt gives new patrol boats to PNG, SBS News, 30 November 2018. “The federal government has handed over the first Guardian class patrol boat to Papua New Guinea.”
  12. Ben Packham. Patrol boat gift to PNG back under warranty, The Australian, 17 October 2019. Retrieved on 15 October 2019. “HMPNGS Ted Diro, built by Perth shipbuilder Austal, is limpoing back to Cairns for repairs accompanied by survey ships HMAS Benalla and Shepparton.”
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  14. SEA 3036 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement, 9 December 2015. Retrieved on 21 January 2018. “The SEA 3036 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) program involves the acquisition and support of up to 21 new vessels to replace a fleet of Pacific-class patrol boats gifted to 12 Pacific Island nations between 1987 and 1997.”
  15. Michael Arnold. Patrol Boats Set To Upgrade Capabilities, Fiji Post Courier, 5 February 2019. Retrieved on 5 February 2019. “They are capable of operating in Sea State 4 and are equipped with a “game changing” stern-launched zodiac (inflatable boarding vessel), which is a first for both the PNG and the Australian navy.”
  16. 16.0 16.1 Austal Australia delivers 7th Guardian-Class patrol boat, Manufacturer's Monthly, 2020-09-22. Retrieved on 2020-09-24. “Faster, with improved seakeeping, better amenities and an enhanced mission capability – including an integrated stern launch and recovery system – the Guardian-class Patrol Boat(s) provide the Palau Bureau of Maritime Security with a much improved naval asset to carry out border patrols, regional policing, search and rescue and many other operations domestically and internationally.”
  17. Rebecca KuKu. PNGDF vessels undergoing rehabilitation, upgrading, Post Courier, 2021-05-28. Retrieved on 2021-05-28. “The two ships that are yet to arrive will be fitted with guns, and once they arrive, HMPNGS Ted Diro 401 and HMPNGS Rochus Lokinap which are based in Manus, will sail back to Australia to also be fitted with guns.”
  18. Gemma Whiting. Austal celebrated ceremonional keel laying of first Pacific Patrol Boat, Austal, July 2017. Retrieved on 21 January 2018. “Minister Pyne authenticated the keel by committing his signature to a plate that was subsequently welded and placed in the hull of the vessel.”
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  20. Alix Valenti. PNGDF Plans Expansion, Asian Military Review, 21 December 2016. Retrieved on 23 September 2017. “Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Toropo continued that in 2018, the PNGDF's naval element will receive the first of four Austal ‘Guardian’ class patrol boats to replace the four Tenix ‘Pacific’ class patrol boats acquired from Australia in the late-1980s.”
  21. Amelia McMahon. The first of 21 Guardian Class Pacific Patrol Boats to be designed and built by Austal has been launched., Defence Connect, 30 May 2018. Retrieved on 1 June 2018. “Construction of the second and third boats is underway, with new boats scheduled to be delivered at approximately three-month intervals from late 2018 until 2023.”
  22. Austal launches first Guardian class Pacific Patrol Boat, Marine Log, 30 May 2018. Retrieved on 1 June 2018. “Austal Limited (ASX: ASB) today announced the first of 21 Guardian Class, Pacific Patrol Boats (PPB-R) has been launched just two years after the contract was awarded, keeping with the schedule and budget for the project. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery to Papua New Guinea in late October 2018.”
  23. First Guardian-class PPB-R launched for delivery to Papua New Guinea - Naval Technology, Naval Technology, 30 May 2018. Retrieved on 1 June 2018. “'This particular boat will be gifted to Papua New Guinea in late-October 2018 and is the first of 21 boats to be gifted to 12 Pacific Island countries and East Timor as part of the Pacific Maritime Security Program.'
  24. 24.0 24.1 Michael Arnold. PNCFG vessel named after Diro, Fiji Post Courier, 5 February 2019. Retrieved on 5 February 2019. “Brig-Gen Diro, who was present for the commissioning of the HMPNGS Ted Diro last Friday, along with Major General Gilbert Toropo (current PNGDF commander) saluted the gesture in what both men described as another illustration of the enduring friendship between PNG and Australia.”
  25. 25.0 25.1 Australia hands over Guardian-class patrol boat to Tuvalu, Naval Today, 6 April 2019. Retrieved on 7 April 2019. “The 39.5 meter steel hulled patrol boat was built by Australian shipbuilder Austal under an AUD 335 million program that will see 21 boats gifted to 12 Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste.”
  26. 26.0 26.1 Christopher Pyne. Guardian Class Patrol Boat gifted to Tuvalu, Australian Ministry of Defence, 7 April 2019. Retrieved on 7 April 2019. “Te Mataili II was received by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, the Right Hon Enele Sosene Sopoaga at a handover ceremony attended by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour, the Hon Taukelina Finikaso, the Minister for Natural Resources, the Hon Dr Puakena Boreham, and the Commissioner of the Tuvalu Police Service, Commissioner Luka Falefou.”
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 27.6 27.7 27.8 Timor Leste's future Patrol Boats, Monch Publishing Group, 19 April 2018. Retrieved on 22 April 2018. “The PICS will receive their new patrol boats as follows: Cook Islands (1 vessel); Federated States of Micronesia (2 vessels); Fiji (2 vessels); Kiribati (1 vessel); Palau (1 vessel); Papua New Guinea (4 vessels); Republic of the Marshall Islands (1 vessel); Samoa (1 vessel); Solomon Islands (2 vessels); Timor Leste (2 vessels); Tonga (2 vessels); Tuvalu (1 vessel); Vanuatu (1 vessel).”
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 Keel laying for first Pacific Patrol Boat replacement, Monch Publishing Group, 30 July 2017. Retrieved on 22 April 2018. “The new ‘Guardian’ class patrol boats will come to replace the 12 Pacific Island nations’ ageing ‘Pacific’ class patrol boats, which had been gifted by Australia under the PPB programme implemented in 1983. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery to Papua New Guinea, who will receive a total of four patrol boats, by October 2018 and the last vessel is scheduled for delivery by 2023.”
  29. David Sigston. Austal launches first Pacific Patrol Boat, News (AU), 30 May 2018. Retrieved on 1 June 2018. “The first of a new fleet of patrol boats destined for Australia's Pacific neighbours has been launched by Australian shipbuilder Austal.”
  30. 30.0 30.1 AUSTAL DELIVERS FIRST GUARDIAN CLASS PATROL BOAT, Austal, 30 November 2018. Retrieved on 29 November 2018. “'The program is now in a full rate of production, with the second vessel, which is destined for Tuvalu, successfully launched on Monday with an additional three vessels in various stages of construction. Austal are already looking at export opportunities for the GCPB' Mr Singleton said.” Template:Dead link
  31. 31.0 31.1 Papua New Guinea receives first Guardian-class patrol boat, Naval Today, 30 November 2018. “The next vessel will be gifted to Tuvalu in April 2019 and the last will go to Timor-Leste in October 2023.”
  32. Cedric Patjole. Australian ship named after Ted Diro, Loop, 8 July 2018.
  33. Gabriel Dominguez. First Guardian class PPB starts sea trials, Jane's Defence Weekly, 9 August 2018. “Australian shipbuilder Austal announced on 9 August that the first Guardian-class Pacific Patrol Boat (PPB) had begun sea trials.”
  34. Austal conducts its first sea trial for Pacific Patrol Boats - Manufacturers' Monthly, Maritime Monthly, 13 August 2018. Retrieved on 15 August 2018. “Austal has commenced sea trials for the first of the Guardian Class Pacific Patrol Boats, as part of the 21 vessels the company will be delivering to the government for the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project.”
  35. Austal Launched First Guardian Class Pacific Patrol Boat, Navy recognition, 20 June 2018. Retrieved on 22 June 2018. “The first of 21 Guardian-class, Pacific Patrol Boats (PPB-R) was launched by Austal last month. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery to Papua New Guinea in late October 2018.”
  36. Tonga's first Guardian-class patrol boat to be delivered in June, Baird Maritime, 6 March 2019. Retrieved on 6 March 2019. “Named Ngahu Koula (“Golden Arrow”), the vessel will begin operating under His Majesty's Armed Forces (HMAF) once its first cadre of assigned crewmembers finish their weeks-long familiarisation training.”
  37. Ridzwan Rahmat. Tonga receives Guardian-class patrol vessel, Jane's Navy International, 21 June 2019. Retrieved on 20 June 2019. “The Tongan Royal Navy has taken delivery of a Guardian-class patrol vessel from Australia.”
  38. 38.0 38.1 Dave Morley. Forging ties in Tonga, Australian Navy, 4 January 2018. Retrieved on 22 April 2018. “Lieutenant Commander Ryan, who has been in Tonga for eight months, said the improvements were being carried out to support the arrival of Tonga's two new Guardian-class patrol boats, which are due in mid-2019 and 2021, respectively.”
  39. Tonga receives Guardian-class Patrol Boat, Mirage News, 21 June 2019. Retrieved on 20 June 2019. “The Tongan Royal Navy's Ngahau Koula was received by His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala and Captain Sione Ulakai, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff to His Majesty's Armed Forces, at a ceremony in Western Australia.”
  40. King commissions Tonga Navy HQ and patrol boat, Matangi Tonga, 16 October 2019. Retrieved on 15 October 2019. “As Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty's Armed Forces (HMAF), King Tupou VI inspected the headquarters and went for a tour on the patrol boat around Nuku’alofa harbour, accompanied by Queen Nanasipau’u and guests.”
  41. Samoa receives Guardian-class Patrol Boat, Mirage News, 16 August 2019. Retrieved on 16 August 2019. “The Australian Government has today handed over the newest Guardian-class Patrol Boat Nafanua II to the Samoan Government at a ceremony in Henderson, Western Australia. Nafanua II was received by Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister the Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and the Commissioner of Police Mr Fuivaili’ili Egon Keil.”
  42. New patrol boat arrives in Samoa, Radio New Zealand, 7 October 2019. Retrieved on 7 October 2019. “The $US30 million guardian class boat arrived at Matautu wharf on Friday.”
  43. Sapeer Mayron. Maritime police get $113,535 boost, Samoan Observer, 15 August 2018. Retrieved on 18 August 2018. “The change rooms are a necessary addition because in August 2019, the wing will receive an Australian government-funded Guardian Class Patrol Boat, which will be used by both male and female police.”
  44. Adel Fruean. New patrol boat to boost maritime security, Samoan Observer, 28 January 2019. Retrieved on 5 February 2019. “Under the Pacific Maritime Security Programme, Samoa will this year receive the Nafanua II – a bigger, more capable patrol boat – to enhance Samoa's capacity to secure its ocean resources and maritime domain.”
  45. Samoa police patrol boat may be armed, Radio New Zealand, 2 April 2019. “The service will take delivery of a new state-of-the-art patrol boat, Nafanua II, in September and the Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil wants to keep an eye on how the future shapes up with their surveillance work.”
  46. RSIPF maritime boosted with commissioning of new Guardian class patrol boat GIZO, Solomon Star News, 19 December 2019. Retrieved on 19 December 2019. “The maritime capability of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has been boosted with the commissioning of the new Guardian class patrol boat, 05 GIZO during a ceremony in Honiara today.”
  47. 47.0 47.1 RSIPF thank Australian gov't, Solomon Star News, 15 June 2018. Retrieved on 16 June 2018. “Commissioner Varley explains: “The new Guardian class of patrol boats will be much larger with increased capacity and extended range compared to the current Pacific class of patrol boats. This will be great especially for patrolling of Solomon Islands large maritime border.””
  48. Australia supports Solomon Island's security priorities, Mirage News, 8 November 2019. “The Australian Government has today handed over the latest Guardian-class Patrol Boat RSIPV Gizo to the Solomon Islands at a ceremony in Henderson, Western Australia.”
  49. 49.0 49.1 Maggie Boyle. Australian assistance to boost Navy fleet: Captain Tawake, Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, 28 January 2019. “Navy Chief, Captain Humphrey Tawake says, the two vessels designated for Fiji will arrive next year.”
  50. Fiji's future Guardian-class patrol boat to honour fallen sailor, Baird Maritime, 25 October 2019. Retrieved on 26 October 2019. “The vessel honours Seaman Savenaca Naulutuma, a Fiji-born Royal New Zealand Navy sailor who was killed in action while serving aboard the cruiser HMNZS Leander at the Battle of Kolombangara in the Solomon Islands in World War II. Naulutuma and 25 other crewmembers on Leander were killed shortly after their ship was struck by a Japanese torpedo in the early morning hours of July 13, 1943.”
  51. Maika Bolatiki. RFNS Volasiga To Arrive In October And RFNS Savenaca In April 2020, Women To Make Up 16% Of Fiji Navy Personnel, Fiji Sun, 6 July 2019. Retrieved on 26 October 2019. “Savenaca Naulumatua from Yasawa and Timo Puamau from Lau were members of Fiji Naval Volunteer Force and during World War II they were part of the HMSNZF {sic} Leander's crew that was hit by a Japanese torpedo at the Battle of Kolombangara in July 1943.”
  52. Maika Bolatiki. Australian High Commissioner Visits RFMF Commander, Fiji Sun, 7 March 2018. Retrieved on 22 April 2018. “Director Peacekeeping Operations and Advisor to the RFMF Commander Lieutenant Colonel Pacolo Luveni said, in this visit Mr Feakes said the replacement of the Kula, a Guardian class patrol vessel will be arriving into Fiji in March 2020 and not in 2022.”
  53. Australia gifts Guardian-class patrol vessel to Fiji, Shephard Media, 2020-03-06. Retrieved on 2020-03-07. “Austal CEO David Singleton said: ‘the Pacific Boat Replacement Project [PPB-R] has really hit its stride, with this sixth Guardian-class Patrol Boat benefiting from a number of innovative production processes that have reduced production time, while maintaining quality.’”
  54. Rosi Doviverata. PM, Delegation Receive Our New Navy Vessel, Fiji Sun, 2020-03-07. Retrieved on 2020-03-07. “Mr Bainimarama said the new vessel could not enter the ranks of Fiji's Navy at a more pressing time. "International criminal networks are hitting the Pacific hard -- particularly with the drug trade."”
  55. Rhealyn Pojas. Australia to give new ship to Palau to replace Remeliik 1, Island Times, 19 March 2019. Retrieved on 5 October 2019. “President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. divulged during a press conference on October 2 that the guardian class patrol boat Remeliik 2, which will replace its predecessor, the PSS Remeliik, will arrive in Palau in June next year.”
  56. Operation Kaukledm, 8 May 2017. Retrieved on 22 April 2018.
  57. Charbel Kadib. Palau to acquire Guardian Class patrol boat, Defence Connect, 2020-09-18. Retrieved on 2020-09-18. “Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price will officially hand over the latest Guardian Class patrol boat on behalf of the Commonwealth government to the Republic of Palau, as the government's Pacific Step Up program continues to progress.”
  58. 58.0 58.1 Patrick Bergin. Security challenges rule the waves in Pacific, The Australian, 24 November 2019. Retrieved on 24 November 2019. “Next year Fiji, Palau, Kiribati and Tonga will receive their boats. Following this, a new patrol boat will be delivered approximately every three months until 2023. Australia has committed $2bn to the program over the next 30 years.”
  59. 59.0 59.1 59.2 Austal Delivers 11th Guardian-class Patrol Boat, Marine Link, 2021-06-18. Retrieved on 2021-06-19. “While the delivery of this particular vessel was postponed, it did not affect, delay or hinder the construction or delivery of subsequent Guardian-class Patrol Boats and we remain on track to deliver all 21 vessels by the end of 2023.”
  60. Arun Mathew. Austal Launches 8th Guardian-Class Patrol Boat, Defpost, 2020-04-24. “The vessel is to be delivered to Kiribati under the Australian Government's Pacific Maritime Security Program. The boat, to be named RKS Teanoai II (301), will replace the Republic of Kiribati Police's Pacific Forum-class patrol boat, RKS Teanoai (301).”
  61. Delivery of Guardian-class patrol boat to Tonga, Australian Department of Defence, 2020-10-29. Retrieved on 2020-10-30. “Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Melissa Price MP will represent the Australian Government at the ceremony to hand over the new Guardian-class Patrol Boat VOEA Ngahau Siliva to the Kingdom of Tonga.”
  62. King Tupou VI commissions new patrol boat, Matanga Tonga, 2021-01-28. Retrieved on 2021-01-27. “HM King Tupou VI commissioned the Tonga Navy's VOEA Ngahau Siliva patrol boat at the Masefield Base, Touliki, today.”
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  67. Martin Manaranche. Austal Australia Delivers Guardian-Class Patrol Boat For The Republic Of Vanuatu: Austal Australia has delivered the 12th Guardian-class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence which was then gifted to the Republic of Vanuatu, Naval News, 2021-08-02. Retrieved on 2021-08-03. “Austal Limited Chief Executive Officer Paddy Gregg said the delivery of the 12th Guardian-class Patrol Boat, less than 6 weeks after the delivery of the 11th vessel, highlighted the great efficiency of the Austal Australia teams and shipyards.”
  68. Vanuatu welcomes the return of RVS Tukoro, Island Life magazine, 24 August 2016. Retrieved on 11 June 2018. “The Australian Government, through its Defence Cooperation Program, has demonstrated its long-term commitment to Vanuatu's maritime security, investing almost 800 million vatu (A$10 million) over the past five years in maintaining RVS Tukoro and training her crew to ensure that Vanuatu has an excellent maritime capability until a new patrol boat is delivered in 2021 through the Pacific Maritime Security Program.”
  69. Joint Statement with the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Mirage News, 16 January 2019. Retrieved on 15 January 2019. “Vanuatu will also receive a replacement Guardian-class patrol boat under the Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP). The PMSP is a $2 billion (over 30 years) program, which consists of replacement Guardian-class patrol boats, integrated aerial surveillance, and enhancements to regional cooperation.”
  70. PNG Defence Force takes delivery of patrol boat Francis Agwi, Baird Maritime, 2021-10-25. Retrieved on 2021-10-25. “The future HMPNGS Francis Agwi was then formally handed over to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, which will operate the vessel on missions including border patrols, regional policing, and search and rescue.”
  71. Gabriel Dominguez. Papua New Guinea receives third of four Guardian-class patrol boats, Jane's Defence Weekly, 2021-10-25. Retrieved on 2021-10-25. “The vessel, which has been named Francis Agwi (pennant number 403), was received by the PNGDF in a ceremony held on 22 October at the facilities of shipbuilder Austal in Henderson, Western Australia.”
  72. Marise Payne. Australian foreign minister to visit Cook Islands, Mirage News, 17 July 2019. Retrieved on 17 July 2019. “I will visit the Cook Islands’ Patrol Boat, Te Kukupa, which will be replaced with a new Guardian-Class Patrol Boat in 2022 under our Pacific Maritime Security Program.”
  73. Austal launches 15th Guardian-class patrol boat Te Kukupa II for Australia, Navy Recognition, 2022-01-19. Retrieved on 2022-01-19. “Te Kukupa II, for the Cook Islands Police Service, was launched this week at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia after a safe transfer by Vulcan Engineering from Austal’s Naval Base shipyard.”
  74. 74.0 74.1 Visit to Federated States of Micronesia, Mirage News, 29 July 2019. Retrieved on 29 July 2019. “'I am very pleased Australia is deepening our support for the Federated States of Micronesia under the Pacific Maritime Security Program, with two new Guardian-class patrol boats to be delivered in 2022,' he said.”
  75. Fiji and Australia working on defence agreement, Radio New Zealand, 2020-11-25. Retrieved on 2020-11-26. “Fiji received its first Guardian Class, the RFNS Savenaca, in March 2020 with the second vessel scheduled for handover in 2023.”
  76. Chardel Kadib. Australia, Fiji pave way for reciprocal Status of Forces Agreement, Defence Connect, 2020-11-26. Retrieved on 2020-11-26. “The ministers also discussed the progress of Australia’s Pacific Maritime Security Program, which delivered the first Guardian Class vessel, RFNS Savenaca, to the island nation in March, with the second vessel scheduled for handover in 2023.”
  77. 77.0 77.1 Timor-Leste to receive two patrol boats from Australia, Shephard Media, 20 April 2018. Retrieved on 22 April 2018. “Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project is worth over $300 million. A total of 21 Guardian-class patrol boats will built by Austal and delivered to 13 nations from late 2018. The two vessels for Timor-Leste will arrive in the second half of 2023.”
  78. 78.0 78.1 Australia: 21 Patrol Boat, $300m Deal, Marinelink, 18 April 2018. Retrieved on 22 April 2018. “On current build schedules, the two vessels will be gifted to Timor-Leste in the second half of 2023.”