Where is Vanuatu's Police Support Craft?

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While Vanuatu’s Guardian class patrol boat sits alongside in Port Vila, another vessel promised by Australia has been delayed. In November last year, Overt Defense reported on a new effort by the Australian government to purchase a “Police Maritime Support Craft” for Vanuatu.
According to the tender, the vessel was to be delivered by June 2022. Well, it’s now July and not only has the vessel not been delivered, but the DoD hasn’t even selected a contractor.

A Defence Spokersperon told Niche Defence that:
Defence is currently evaluating formal tenders for the police maritime support craft to ensure that a supplier of the highest-calibre is selected
Defence also declined to elaborate on a timeline for when the contract will be signed, let alone the boat delivered, saying simply that Defence would advise times in “due course”.
Overall, it’s not a good look, especially given the ongoing issues with the various Guardian class patrol boats.
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