Handover of a new Guardian-class Patrol Boat to Republic of Palau.

Pictured, a predecessor namesake – The Paulaun Pacific Class Patrol Boat PSS President H I Remeliik (right) – sails in company with
the US Coast Guard Cutter Washington during Operation Kaukledm (Palauan for Working Together) in 2017.

The vessel, PSS President HI Remeliik II, was received by Palauan Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Emerson Nobuo at a ceremony in Henderson, Western Australia.

Assistant Defence Minister and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Alex Hawke MP said the Guardian-class Patrol Boats make an important contribution to regional security.

The Palau vessel is the seventh Guardian-class Patrol Boat delivered to our Pacific partners under the Pacific Maritime Security Program,” Minister Hawke said.

This Program, which is the successor to the Pacific Patrol Boat Program, continues a 60 year commitment to the Pacific and to regional maritime security.”

Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price said she was pleased to represent the Australian Government at today’s handover to see how the Pacific Maritime Security Program also supported Australia’s defence industry.

Construction of the patrol boats in Perth demonstrates that manufacturing is alive and well in Australia, with work at Austal Australia supporting some 400 direct and indirect local jobs,” Minister Price said.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the new Guardian-class Patrol Boat demonstrates Australia’s enduring partnership with Palau and our shared commitment to regional maritime security.

Australia and Palau have worked closely to prepare for the delivery of the new vessel, which represents a significant boost to Palau’s maritime capability and to the region’s maritime security,” Minister Reynolds said.

The crew’s commitment to the training program with our Navy personnel and our industry partners at Austal has been exceptional, and we are proud to host them here in Australia.”