Surface Forces: December 24, 2000


Australia has donated some 22 specially-designed 32-meter Pacific Patrol Boats to 12 nations between 1987 and 1998. This cost Australia over $100 million, but built a lot of good will with neighboring smaller nations. Australia now proposes to refit each boat as it reaches the end of its 15-year design life, extending this to 30 years.--Stephen V Cole




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