New Guardian-class patrol boat handed over to Vanuatu Police
Austal Australia delivered a new Guardian-class patrol boat to the Australia Department of Defence (DOD) on Thursday, July 30.
RVS Takuare was then formally handed over to the government of Vanuatu.
The Maritime Wing of the Vanuatu Police will use the vessel for border patrols, regional policing, and search and rescue.
The 39.5-metre, steel-hulled Takuare is the 12th Guardian-class boat to be built and the first in the class to be acquired by Vanuatu. It will replace RVS Tukoro, a Pacific Forum-class patrol boat delivered by Tenix in 1987.
The newbuild also has a stern launch and recovery system for one rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB).