01 July 2022
by Julian Kerr
Australia’s DoD stated it would assess potential defects of Guardian-class patrol vessels donated to Pacific Island international locations.
(pictured above) is the primary of 4 vessels for Papua New Guinea.
Australia’s Division of Defence (DoD) and shipbuilder Austal are flying specialists to a number of Pacific Island international locations to evaluate potential technical defects of Guardian-class patrol boats designed, constructed, and donated by Canberra, the DoD disclosed on
The DoD stated in an announcement that the first difficulty concerned a possible fault within the vessels’ exhaust methods. It stated different points that had emerged through the previous 16 months included cracking within the coupling between the engine and the gearbox, and sickbay air flow.
“Austal and [DoD] representatives will quickly journey to Pacific Island nations to evaluate all vessels and work with Pacific Island international locations on momentary rectification measures forward of a longer-term resolution,” the DoD assertion stated. Every nation would make its personal determination whether or not to function its vessels or pause operations, it added.