BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
THE country’s second Guardian Class Patrol Boat was commissioned in Honiara yesterday.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare officiated in the commissioning of Australian Government-donated Patrol Boat Taro at the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) international port.
“I wish to take this opportunity to warmly welcome our new Guardian Class Patrol Boat the RSIPV Taro 06 and our hardworking RSIPF Maritime Officers who had sailed the boat through the high seas from Australia to our shores here,” Sogavare said.
“I know that you had undergone intensive technical trainings in Perth for over three months and I must take this time to sincerely congratulate you all for your fine achievements in completing your trainings,” he added.
“Our country looks forward to your commitment and dedication to serve our country in the new RSIPV Patrol Boat Taro.
“The event today, creates a significant milestone achievement for us.
“It marks the beginning of a new chapter in our maritime security capability and capacity that is bigger and classic for the Royal Solomon Islands Police Maritime than before.
“We are therefore happy to be here today to celebrate the commissioning and naming of the RSIPV Taro.
“It marks another significant milestone in our deep and enduring partnership – founded on our shared values – and commitment to a sovereign – safe – and prosperous Pacific.”
Sogavare thanked the Australian Government for its support to RSIPF Maritime Division through the Defence Cooperation Program.
“Indeed, Australia recognized our maritime security needs and the importance of enhancing our maritime capabilities, for which we are,” Sogavare said.
Commanding Officer for RSIPV 06 Taro Timothy Doidoke also thanked Australia for its support during their six weeks of training in Perth.
“Despite having two of our crews down due to illness, we still managed to maintain and complete our training,” Doidoke said.