The Commanding Officer of RVS Tukoro, Chief Inspector Kalsalf Alick said he and his crew were fortunate for the opportunity to work with and receive training from the Choules ships company during its visit to Port Vila this week.
“The technical support provided and the opportunity to work alongside my team, and also the training from the Sea Training Unit Defence Cooperation Program, is of great benefit to my team in terms of refreshing our knowledge for the old and the new recruits,” Chief Inspector Alick said.
“I am looking forward to a long and continuous working relationship with the Royal Australian Navy, and I personally thank all who provided training and maintenance support to us.”
The Royal Australian Navy Technical Advisor to Vanuatu, Chief Petty Officer Troy Peterson had arranged for some much needed maintenance support to the Vanuatu Police Maritime Wing.
“The Pacific Island Patrol Boat operated by the Vanuatu Police Force — Maritime Wing has had defects that could not be rectified without this assistance,” Chief Petty Officer Peterson said.
“A high frequency communications defect and the reverse osmosis defect has been ongoing for more than two years.”
“The work that they are doing restores capability to the 31 year old vessel and will likely help the Vanuatu Police Force-Maritime Wing keep that capability going until the arrival of their Guardian Class vessel in 2021,” he said.
HMAS Choules is in Vanuatu as part of Joint Task Group 637, to facilitate an enhanced program of training opportunities and regional engagements throughout South-West Pacific countries. Australia’s commitment to the region supports the development of, and Australian Defence Force interoperability with Pacific Island security forces.