Tonga to receive new patrol boats from Australia.
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 22/08/2017
The Australian Government is donating 2 new patrol boats to the Naval Division of His Majestys Armed Forces.
These patrol boats will replace the 3 patrol boats currently in service with the Navy, namely, the VOEA Neiafu, VOEA Pangai, and the VOEA Savea.
These patrol boats were donated from Australia back in 1989, 1990, 1991, and are long overdue for replacement.
According to Component Commander of the Navy, Commander Haisi Fonohema, Tonga will receive the 2 new patrol boats by 2019-2020.
The new patrol boats are expected to advance the Navy’s capabilities to patrol and secure Tonga’s borders, as well as assist in rescue operations at sea.
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