Military of Samoa

Samoa has no formal defence structure or regular armed forces. Although the national police force's officers are regularly unarmed, they may be armed in exceptional circumstances with ministerial approval.[1] State armories are estimated to hold about 142 small arms.[2] The police force also has a single unarmed patrol boat, the Nafanua II.[3] Informal defence ties exist with New Zealand, which is required to consider any Samoan request for assistance under the 1962 Treaty of Friendship.[4]


  1. ^ "Samoa: New Approval Guidelines for Arming Police Passed". Library of Congress. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  2. ^ Guns in Samoa
  3. ^ Adel Fruean (28 January 2019). "New patrol boat to boost maritime security". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  4. ^ "New Zealand and Western Samoa: Treaty of Friendship" (PDF). United Nations. 1 August 1962. Retrieved 4 September 2021.