The newly upgraded wharf at the Stanley Brown Naval base will be critical towards building capabilities in securing Fijian borders and support the Pacific Maritime Security program under the ‘Vuvale Partnership’ between Fiji and Australia.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Inia Seruiratu while officiating at the ground breaking ceremony in Suva.
The Minister for Defence, Inia Seruiratu says, if he remembers well, the last upgrade of this wharf was about twenty years ago.
He adds this upgrade is a timely one as the new and improved wharf will support the replacement Guardian-class patrol boat that will berth our shore early next year.
Seruiratu adds that this new development will further strengthen the “Vuvale partnership” between the two neighbors.
The Pacific Maritime Security Program is a testament to Australia’s commitment in assisting our 12 Pacific Island nations.
Replacement of patrol boats valued at $AUD280 million and a sustainment support facility for an initial 07 years period, valued at AUD$24 million are also part of the upgrade.