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Faults Found in Australian Vessels Gifted to Pacific Nations

  • 22 boats will be donated to the Pacific under $1.45b program
  • Exhaust and ventilation issues found in a number of vessels

A number of faults have been discovered in a fleet of Australian vessels gifted to Pacific nations under a A$2.1 billion ($1.45 billion) initiative, complicating relations at a time when Canberra is trying to build up good will in the region.

Under Australia’s Pacific Maritime Support Program, the government is working to provide 22 Guardian-class patrol boats to partners in the region, to help assist in naval operations and maritime surveillance. At least five of the vessels have already been supplied to the Solomon Islands, Tonga and Palau.