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Monday, August 2, 2021 

Austal's Western Australia shipyard has delivered the 12th Guardian-class Patrol Boat (GCPB), 'RVS Takuare', to the Australian Department of Defence, which, through the Australian Government's Pacific Marine Security Program, is being gifted to the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu.

The vessel is the first Guardian-class Patrol Boat to be delivered to Vanuatu and replaces the RVS Tukoro, a Pacific-class Patrol Boat delivered in 1987.

Austal CEO Paddy Gregg said: “Takuare is the 12th Guardian-class Patrol Boat Austal Australia has delivered in just over 30 months, and the fourth Guardian we have delivered this year, alone. The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project continues to impress our customers, stakeholders and end users, the Pacific Island nations, with the tremendous efficiency with which we are completing these vessels. With effective collaboration between the Department of Defence, Austal Australia and our Australian Industry Capability (AIC) partners – our trusted supply chain – we are maintaining a delivery schedule of one vessel, on average, every three months. That is an outstanding track record, of which the Australian defence industry should be proud. Our warmest congratulations go to the President of Vanuatu, His Excellency Obed Moses Tallis; Prime Minister the Honourable Bob Loughman Weibur; Commissioner of Vanuatu Police Force Colonel Robson Iavro; Commanding Officer of the RVS Takuare, Chief Inspector Dicky Obed, Vanuatu Police Maritime Wing and his crew, and the people of the Republic of Vanuatu on the handover of this outstanding new patrol boat.”

Faster, with improved seakeeping, better amenities and an enhanced mission capability – including an integrated RHIB stern launch and recovery system – the Guardian-class will provide the Vanuatu Police Maritime Wing with a much improved naval asset to carry out border patrols, regional policing, search and rescue, and many other operations domestically and internationally.

12 Pacific Island nations including Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Timor Leste will receive Guardian class vessels through to 2023.

The 39.5m steel monohull patrol boat – designed, constructed and sustained by Austal Australia – is based on a proven design platform that has included the 38m Bay-class, 56m Armidale-class and 58m Cape-class patrol vessels that are in service with the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy.

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