Twenty-two (22) crew members and the Guardian Class Patrol Boat Nafanua III arrived this morning at Matautu. They were welcomed by Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services as well as families and friends.
Reuniting with family and friends after three months away was a Christmas and New Year’s gift the crew of the Guardian Class Patrol Boat Nafanua III had been anticipating.
Police Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo and Senior Management were present to welcome the Captain and Crew accompanied by the Australian Defence Force regional and national advisors.
Rev. Siaosi Salesulu recounted the story of David from the book of Psalm 104:26 “There go the ships”, to highlight the efforts of the captain and the crew members. He continued, by thanking the families of the crew members for their prayers, as the Lord had answered as it had shown today.
Honourable Deputy Prime Minister Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio, spoke on behalf of the Samoa Government, in thanking the Australian Government and Australia Defence Force for this great and costly asset they had given to the Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Service.
“We would like to acknowledge our close partnership with the Australian government for their ongoing assistance for the government of Samoa,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
He emphasize that the Patrol Boat is a costly asset, but it will be an assistance to the maritime security of Samoa and the Blue Pacific.
The Captain Inspector Maioa Amosa highlighted the fact that the crew consists of experience officers and officers who were on their first sailing mission from Australia to Samoa.
SPPCS welcomes our men and women home and thank the people of Australia for the tremendous gift by way of the Guardian Class Patrol Boat NAFANUA III.