Renovation on RFNS Stanley Brown wharf
December 3, 2019 4:52 pm
Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu along with Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific Alex Hawke officiated at today’s groundbreaking event to kick start the renovation works [source: Fijian Government]
Fiji’s maritime surveillance received a timely boost with renovations earmarked for the RFNS Stanley Brown Wharf.
Under the Fiji, Australia bilateral agreement, a number of initiatives will be rolled out including the handover of two Guardian Patrol Boats to Fiji’s Navy.
Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu along with Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific Alex Hawke officiated at today’s groundbreaking event to kick start the renovation works.
Seruiratu says a good and well-structured infrastructure is the backbone of any economy.
“As a matter of fact, having one of the best docking infrastructures in place enables trade, creates opportunities for a nation such as Fiji to protect the nation from maritime threats. The upgrading of this wharf is not only critical towards building our capabilities in securing our borders but also support the Pacific Maritime Program under the Vuvale Partnership.”
The Australian assistance is part of a regional program worth an estimated $410 million for the delivery of 19 boats to several Pacific Island Countries which will also include a comprehensive maintenance program.
Fiji is expected to receive the first of two Guardian Class Patrol Boats early next year with the Defense Minister scheduled to be in Perth on the 16th of December to view them.