Australia Hands Over Guardian-Class Patrol Boat

Australia Hands Over Guardian-Class Patrol Boat November 12, 2019

Australia donated the Guardian class patrol boat to the Solomon Islands. The platform was delivered to the Solomon Islands government at a ceremony held in Henderson, Western Australia on November 8th. The vessel, which has been named RSIPV Gizo (pennant number 05), is one of the 21 boats of the class being given by Canberra to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste as part of Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (also known as Sea 3036) programme. The Guardian class has an overall length of 39.5 m, a beam of 8 m, and can accommodate a crew of 23. It is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C engines and can attain a top speed of 20 kt.

The Sea 3036 programme is aimed at replacing a current fleet of 22 patrol boats given to Pacific Island states between 1987 and 1997.

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