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Outcome Five: Strategic Policy

Defence Cooperation

South Pacific Region

Federated States of Micronesia

Defence Cooperation with the Federated States of Micronesia focused on enhancing national maritime surveillance capabilities through the Pacific patrol boat program. Defence provided advisers, training and technical support to the maritime wing of the national police, including continued assistance with maintaining the Federated States of Micronesia's three Pacific patrol boats. Through support to a multilateral maritime exercise Defence assisted the Federated States of Micronesia to advance its regional relationships and interoperability with its maritime neighbours. The relative decrease in expenditure from the last reporting period was due to a decrease in patrol boat projects and a low uptake of training opportunities.

Tuvalu

Defence Cooperation with Tuvalu centred on engagement with the maritime wing of the national police force through the provision of advisers, training and technical support. Training focused on maritime surveillance and management skills transfer. Under the Pacific patrol boat program, Defence assisted the maritime wing to enhance operational capabilities through a multilateral exercise and continued to support Tuvalu with the maintenance of their patrol boat. The relative increase in expenditure from the last reporting period relates to an increase in maintenance costs for the Defence Cooperation residential compound.

Kiribati

Defence Cooperation with Kiribati focused on support to the national police maritime wing through the provision of advisers, training and assistance in maintaining their Pacific patrol boat. Australia continued to support a dedicated English language-training program, which enhanced maritime police officers' training opportunities and outcomes for Defence sponsored training courses. The relative decrease in expenditure from the last reporting period reflects a reduction in patrol boat projects.

Palau

Defence Cooperation with Palau focused on support to the Palau Government on marine law enforcement through the Pacific patrol boat program, which provided advisers, technical support and training to Palau's Department of Marine Law Enforcement. Defence provided substantial assistance to Palau to support its leadership of a multilateral regional maritime exercise, which supported national maritime officers developing valuable operational, communication and professional skills.

Multilateral General Assistance

The key activities for this reporting period were continuation of the Pacific patrol boat life extension program and support to multilateral operations. The life-extension program will double the life of Pacific-class patrol boats from 15 to 30 years and included the refurbishment of three Pacific patrol boats from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Samoa. The majority of the increased expenditure in 2004-05 was due to the costs associated with the life extension program for the Pacific Patrol Boats.

Australia's support to Operations Big Eye, Kuru Kuru and Tui Moana promoted practical multilateral cooperation in maritime surveillance. Australia also supported the development of further multilateral maritime surveillance treaties, modelled on the subsidiary agreement to the Niue Treaty between Cook Islands and Samoa. When mature, these arrangements will significantly enhance regional maritime security. In addition, Defence has re-instituted a Navy Surveillance Operations Officer position in the Forum Fisheries Agency, in Honiara, Solomon Islands. This position had been in abeyance since the coup in 2000. The Surveillance Operations Officer has proven vital in coordinating maritime surveillance activities between Australia, France, New Zealand, the United States and Pacific Island countries.

Pacific Patrol Boat Project

Table 4.20 Pacific Patrol Boats by Country
Country Boats
Cook Islands 1
Vanuatu 1
Fiji 3
Federated States of Micronesia 3
Kiribati 1
Marshall Islands 1
Palau 1
Papua New Guinea 4
Tonga 3
Tuvalu 1
Samoa 1
Solomon Islands 2
Total 22
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