PNG Defence Force commissions second Guardian-class patrol boat

The PNG Defence Force's Guardian-class patrol boat HMPNGS Rochus Lokinap (Photo: Austal)

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force formally welcomed its newest patrol boat into service earlier this month.

HMPNGS Rochus Lokinap is the second Guardian-class patrol boat to be supplied by the Australian Department of Defence (DOD) to the PNG Defence Force under the Australian government’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project.

The PNG’s Guardian-class boats were built by Austal Australia. Each measures 39 by eight metres and is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C engines that deliver a speed of 20 knots.

Armament includes a 30-millimetre cannon and two 12.7-millimetre machine guns.

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