Guardian-class patrol boat

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The Guardian-class patrol boats are a class of small patrol vessels designed and built in Australia for small Pacific Ocean countries.[1][2]

Panorama of three Guardian class patrol boats at Austal shipyards in Henderson, Western Australia, August 2020.jpg
Three Guardian-class patrol boats at the Austal shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia
Class overview
Name: Guardian class
Builders: Austal
Operators: 13 nations
Preceded by: Pacific class
Built: 2018–present
Planned: 21
General characteristics
Type: Patrol boat
Length: 39.5 m (129 ft 7 in)
Beam: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
Draft: 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
Propulsion: 2 × Caterpillar 3516C diesels, 2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Range: 3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km; 3,500 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 23
Armament: Australia shipped the vessels complete, except for weapons, but the design is capable of mounting machine guns and possibly a main armament of an autocannon of up to 30 mm

The class is designed to be updated replacements for the Pacific Forum-class patrol boats provided to its allies from 1987 to 1997.[1][3][4][5][6][7] Australia provided twenty-two Pacific Forum vessels to twelve nations. They were designed to use commercial off the shelf components, to make them easier to maintain for the small nations that would operate them. Australia stood ready to help with training and maintenance, during the duration of the program, because Australia's external security issues were eased if it could count on its sovereign neighbours having resources to police their own external security.

Austal was commissioned to build 19 Guardian-class boats in 2016.[8][9] Austal's contract allows it to market the design to additional customers.[10] Subsequently, an additional two vessels were ordered for Timor-Leste, scheduled for delivery in late 2023.

Austal delivered HMPNGS Ted Diro to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force on 30 November 2018.[11] Her engines broke down in October 2019, and she had to be towed to Australia for repairs.[12]

RolesEdit

Like the class of vessels they will replace, these small vessels will allow Australia's small neighbours to patrol their own economic zones. They will be able to control smuggling, unregulated fishing, and perform search and rescue duties.[9][13] The Guardian class will be slightly larger, will have better sea-keeping capabilities, and their electronics suite will be up to date.

DesignEdit

The Australian government called for submission in March 2015.[9][13] Five consortia submitted designs for the class.[14] Austal was chosen as the contractor in April 2016.

The vessels will be 39.5 metres (129 ft 7 in) long, steel monohull design, capable of traveling 3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km; 3,500 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph), with a maximum speed of 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph).[1] They are designed to berth a complement of 23 crew members. They will have a stern launching ramp for a pursuit boat.[15][16] Austal will deliver the vessels without armament, but they were designed to be capable of mounting an autocannon of up to 30 millimetres (1.2 in) on their foredeck, and a heavy machine gun on either side of their bridge.

The vessel's twin diesel engines can provide 4,000 kilowatts (5,400 shp).[9] Sophisticated electronic engine controls will help conserve fuel.

One of the main deck staterooms, a stateroom with two bunks, is equipped with separate ventilation, so it can be used as an infirmary for infectious patients.[2]

DeliveryEdit

The keel of the first vessel was laid in July 2017.[17] That vessel was scheduled to be delivered to Papua New Guinea in October 2018.[18][19] New vessels are scheduled to be completed every three months.[20][21][22] The first vessel was commissioned into the PNGDF on 1 February 2019.[23] The second was commissioned into the Tuvalu Police Force on 5 April 2019.[24][25]

Austal's contract contains provisions to provide maintenance support to the client states, for seven years, out of its Cairns facility.[9]

Disposition of Guardian-class boats[13][26]
Image Name Customer    Delivery    Commissioning Retirement Notes
  HMPNGS Ted Diro (P401) Papua New Guinea 2018-11-30 2019-02-01
HMTSS Te Mataili II (802) Tuvalu 2019 2019-04-05
VOEA Ngahau Koula (P301) Tonga 2019 2019-10-16
  • The vessel's crew may contain both men and women.[35][36][37][38]
  • Commissioned on 16 October 2019.[39]
Nafanua II Samoa 2019-08-16[40] 2019-10[41]
  • The vessel's crew may contain both men and women.[42][43]
  • May mount a deck gun.[44]
  • Replaced Nafanua.
  RSIPV Gizo Solomon Islands 2019-11-08 2019-12-19
RFNS Savenaca Fiji 2020-03-06
  PSS Remeliik II Palau 2020-09-18
  RKS Teanoai II (301) Kiribati 2020-0x[57]
  • Teanoai II was launched on 24 April 2020.[58]
  VOEA Ngahau Siliva (P302) Tonga 2020-10-30 2021-01-27
RSIPV Taro Solomon Islands 2021-05
  • Solomon Islands will receive two vessels.[26]
  • The second vessel will replace RSIPV Auki.[46]
  • Taro's delivery was scheduled for May, 2021.[61]
Vanuatu 2021[62][63]
  HMPNGS Rochus Lokinap (P402) Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea will receive a total of four vessels.[27]
Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea will receive a total of four vessels.[27]
Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea will receive a total of four vessels.[27]
Republic of Marshall Islands
Federated States of Micronesia 2022
  • Federated States of Micronesia will receive two vessels in 2022.[26][64]
Federated States of Micronesia 2022
  • Federated States of Micronesia will receive two vessels.[26][64]
Cook Islands 2022[65]
Fiji 2023
Timor-Leste 2023[68][69]
  • Timor-Leste will receive two vessels.[26]
Timor-Leste 2023[68][69]
  • Timor-Leste will receive two vessels.[26]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  46. ^ a b "RSIPF thank Australian gov't". Solomon Star News. 15 June 2018. Archived from the original on 21 July 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018. Commissioner Varley explains: “The new Guardian class of patrol boats will be much larger with increased capacity and extended range compared to the current Pacific class of patrol boats. This will be great especially for patrolling of Solomon Islands large maritime border.”
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  51. ^ Maika Bolatiki (7 March 2018). "Australian High Commissioner Visits RFMF Commander". Fiji Sun. Archived from the original on 26 February 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2018. Director Peacekeeping Operations and Advisor to the RFMF Commander Lieutenant Colonel Pacolo Luveni said, in this visit Mr Feakes said the replacement of the Kula, a Guardian class patrol vessel will be arriving into Fiji in March 2020 and not in 2022.
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  53. ^ Rosi Doviverata (7 March 2020). "PM, Delegation Receive Our New Navy Vessel". Fiji Sun. Retrieved 7 March 2020. Mr Bainimarama said the new vessel could not enter the ranks of Fiji's Navy at a more pressing time. "International criminal networks are hitting the Pacific hard -- particularly with the drug trade."
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  58. ^ Arun Mathew (24 April 2020). "Austal Launches 8th Guardian-Class Patrol Boat". Defpost. Archived from the original on 26 April 2020. The vessel is to be delivered to Kiribati under the Australian Government's Pacific Maritime Security Program. The boat, to be named RKS Teanoai II (301), will replace the Republic of Kiribati Police's Pacific Forum-class patrol boat, RKS Teanoai (301).
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  62. ^ "Vanuatu welcomes the return of RVS Tukoro". Island Life magazine. 24 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018. The Australian Government, through its Defence Cooperation Program, has demonstrated its long-term commitment to Vanuatu's maritime security, investing almost 800 million vatu (A$10 million) over the past five years in maintaining RVS Tukoro and training her crew to ensure that Vanuatu has an excellent maritime capability until a new patrol boat is delivered in 2021 through the Pacific Maritime Security Program.
  63. ^ "Joint Statement with the Prime Minister of Vanuatu". Mirage News. 16 January 2019. Archived from the original on 3 April 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2019. Vanuatu will also receive a replacement Guardian-class patrol boat under the Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP). The PMSP is a $2 billion (over 30 years) program, which consists of replacement Guardian-class patrol boats, integrated aerial surveillance, and enhancements to regional cooperation.
  64. ^ a b "Visit to Federated States of Micronesia". Mirage News. 29 July 2019. Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019. 'I am very pleased Australia is deepening our support for the Federated States of Micronesia under the Pacific Maritime Security Program, with two new Guardian-class patrol boats to be delivered in 2022,' he said.
  65. ^ Marise Payne (17 July 2019). "Australian foreign minister to visit Cook Islands". Mirage News. Archived from the original on 18 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019. I will visit the Cook Islands’ Patrol Boat, Te Kukupa, which will be replaced with a new Guardian-Class Patrol Boat in 2022 under our Pacific Maritime Security Program.
  66. ^ "Fiji and Australia working on defence agreement". Radio New Zealand. 25 November 2020. Retrieved 26 November 2020. Fiji received its first Guardian Class, the RFNS Savenaca, in March 2020 with the second vessel scheduled for handover in 2023.
  67. ^ Chardel Kadib (26 November 2020). "Australia, Fiji pave way for reciprocal Status of Forces Agreement". Defence Connect. Retrieved 26 November 2020. The ministers also discussed the progress of Australia’s Pacific Maritime Security Program, which delivered the first Guardian Class vessel, RFNS Savenaca, to the island nation in March, with the second vessel scheduled for handover in 2023.
  68. ^ a b "Timor-Leste to receive two patrol boats from Australia". Shephard Media. 20 April 2018. Archived from the original on 23 April 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018. Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project is worth over $300 million. A total of 21 Guardian-class patrol boats will built by Austal and delivered to 13 nations from late 2018. The two vessels for Timor-Leste will arrive in the second half of 2023.
  69. ^ a b "Australia: 21 Patrol Boat, $300m Deal". Marinelink. 18 April 2018. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018. On current build schedules, the two vessels will be gifted to Timor-Leste in the second half of 2023.