Samoa’s Maritime Police knitted with new uniforms in preparation of the arrival of Patrol boat Nafanua II

Suisui Malu, Annalieze Lene, and Rosalia Manutulila of the Samoa Police Maritime decked out in their new uniforms from the Australian Government. Picture: SAMOA GLOBAL NEWS

APIA, 31 MAY 2019 (DFAT) – The Government of Australia gifted new uniforms to the women’s division of the Police Maritime Wing to be worn as part of their new kit for the Guardian Class Patrol Boat Nafanua II.

The policewomen’s uniforms, valued at SAT$5,000 will be essential during longhaul sea voyages and training bringing them into line with the uniforms gifted to the men in July last year.

The uniforms are flame resistant, provide additional safety and ensure all members of the Police Maritime appearance is the same for the training in Australia.

Nafanua and her crew will sail to Australia on Wednesday 12 June as part of the Guardian Patrol Boat transition programme. The crew will spend 10 weeks in Western Australia undertaking courses, familiarisation training and then sea training certification prior to sailing the Nafanua II 6,500Nm from Fremantle to Apia. The Nafanua II will arrive back in Apia on the 4 October.

The uniforms were presented by Australia’s High Commissioner, Sara Moriarty to the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil.

Moriarty said “Australia is committed to strengthening our Pacific partnerships through stronger ties for security, and relationships between our nations,”

“We hope these uniforms will be of great value, particularly with the arrival of the new Nafanua II – a bigger, more capable patrol boat that will enhance Samoa’s capacity to secure its ocean resources and maritime domain.”

“Samoa will be the first in the Pacific to have women posted to sea when the Nafanua II arrives – which is a significant feat in paving the way for future women seafarers not only in Samoa, but the Pacific region”

“We look forward to further strengthening our people-to-people and community ties with Samoa, and across the Blue Pacific,” she concluded.

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