RSIPV Gizo returns after upkeep work in Australia – Solomon Islands Broadcasting Company

RSIPV Gizo is again on station and totally operational following upkeep work in Australia.

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Drive (RSIPF) welcomed RSIPV Gizo and its crew again to Honiara following upkeep in Australia with a small ceremony at Aola Base in Honiara on 21 December 2022. 

RSIPV Gizo again residence at Aola Wharf

Australian Excessive Commissioner Dr Lachlan Strahan mentioned the engineering works accomplished in Cairns and the crew coaching related to them show Australia’s dedication to offering complete assist for Solomon Islands’ Guardian-class Patrol Boats. 

AC Evelyn Thugea, DC Ian Vaevaso, Dr Lachlan Strahan and Commissioner Mostyn Mangau hearken to a briefing from CPO Oscar Hoskins on the remediation works for the black and gray water methods

“We tremendously worth our maritime safety partnership with Solomon Islands and it’s nice to see Gizo again in Honiara,” Dr Strahan mentioned. 

Whereas in Australia, RSIPV Gizo’s crew accomplished important maritime coaching with TAFE Queensland, together with programs in management and command, firefighting, injury management and poisonous gasoline response procedures. RSIPV Gizo underwent its 30-month slipping and was the primary of the Guardian-class Patrol Boat fleet to obtain profitable remediation works for the black and gray water methods. 

RSIPF Commissioner Mostyn Mangau mentioned the Guardian-class Patrol Boats are an essential functionality for Solomon Islands. Thanks to Australia for guaranteeing RSIPV Gizo is well-maintained. 

Technical Adviser CPO Oscar Hoskins, Australian Excessive Commissioner Dr Lachlan Strahan, RSIPF Commissioner Mostyn Mangau and Defence Adviser LTCOL Justin Bywater reducing a cake to rejoice RSIPV Gizo’s return

“It’s additionally nice to see the crew proceed their coaching in Australia guaranteeing they will preserve Solomon Islands protected now and into the longer term,” Commissioner Mangau mentioned. 

RSIPF Maritime Division is the regional chief within the variety of days per yr it makes use of its Guardian-class Patrol Boats. In 2021 RSIPV Gizo spent 151 days at sea. 


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