Defence is delivering maritime capability through the Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP). The Australian Government is also considering options for a dedicated vessel to support increased engagement with our partners in the Pacific.
The PMSP is a comprehensive package of capability, infrastructure, sustainment, training and coordination designed to increase regional maritime security for Pacific Island nations and Timor-Lesté. The Pacific Maritime Security Program builds on the success of the original Pacific Patrol Boat Program and will see an uninterrupted 60 year commitment of deeper-level engagement in the Pacific.
The PMSP is a commitment of AUD$2 billion over 30 years and consists of three components:
• new Guardian-class Patrol Boats;
• region-wide integrated aerial surveillance; and
• enhancements to regional coordination.
Under the program, Australia is delivering 21 Guardian-class Patrol Boats to 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor-Lesté between 2018 and 2023. To date, Australia has delivered six vessels to PNG, Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Fiji. The program’s aerial surveillance component supports targeted, intelligence-driven maritime patrols and will assist in enhancing regional maritime security. The program will also support improved interoperability between Pacific Island nations in addressing maritime security challenges.