Australian delegations visited Palau on May 1 to discuss the two countries’ maritime security cooperation.
The visiting Australian Maritime Defense team was led by Pacific Islands and Maritime Security Director Warren Thornton along with Wing Commander Jonathon Durden, Pacific Patrol Boat Systems Program Office Director Mr. Ian Smith and Desk Officer-Palau Mr. Chris Kelly.
Australian Maritime Surveillance Advisor in Palau, Lieutenant Commander Clint Moore, and Technical Adviser for Palau, Chief Petty Officer Nathan Smith, also participated in the discussion.
Palau’s Vice President and Justice Minister Raynold Oilouch, in his speech during the meeting, expressed his appreciation for Australia’s support for Palau’s marine security and for helping in the surveillance of the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
“We acknowledge Australia’s long standing and ongoing commitment to Palau and we welcome and appreciate your assistance and look forward for constructive and positive discussions,” Oilouch said.
Director Thornton, meanwhile, said that Australia and Palau have a lot in common in terms of maritime security.
PSS H. I. Remeliik, one of Palau’s patrol boat that was donated by Australia, is also set to be replaced with a new guardian-class patrol boat to be delivered in 2020.
Among the topics discussed during the meeting were the regional and Pacific maritime security, review of proposed projects to be implemented in FY 2019 to 2020, training updates, and Pacific patrol boat system update. (PR)