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Strategic Insights 52 - Staying the course: Australia and maritime security in the South Pacific

By Anthony Bergin and Sam Bateman

This report, authored by Sam Bateman and Anthony Bergin, argues that we should develop a comprehensive approach to replace Australia’s Pacific Patrol Boat Program.

Australia has supplied twenty-two boats to twelve island countries for maritime security. The vessels will start reaching the end of their service lives from 2018. But Australia’s future plans for Pacific maritime aid remain opaque.