The Australian Federal Police have given the Indonesian police three patrol boats to aid in the joint efforts to curb people smuggling in the Asia Pacific region.
The Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor presented the 16-metre aluminium hull boats, which are equipped for high-level surveillance. Night vision equipment and infra-red spotlights allow the boats to take to the water without lighting in covert operations.
The boats were built by Australian company, Strategic Marine, and will cost AUD $7.1 million to build, transport, maintain and to train the Indonesian National Police in use of the vessels.
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