Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

FSM Celebrates 21 years of the Pacific Patrol Boat Program

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): March 25, 2011 - On March 24th, 2011 President Mori joined the new Australian Ambassador Martin Quinn at the FSM Maritime Wing facilities in Deketik, Pohnpei to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the arrival of the first Pacific Patrol Boat in FSM, the FSS Palikir. The FSM National police from the Maritime wing and the crew of the FSS Palikir paraded in front to the dignitaries and crowd, to the sound of bagpipes and drums, while the FSS Palikir was decorated up for the event.

In his speech, President Mori expressed deep appreciation and gratitude of the FSM Government and the people for Australia's contribution of the three patrol boats that FSM utilizes for surveillance, search and rescue, medical evacuation, and research missions. He also expressed appreciation to the FSM Congress for the funding it has provided in the past to keep the boats running, and to the crew of the boats for their hard work.

Ambassador Quinn's remarks focused on the level of cooperation that exists between the two countries and the presence of Australian advisors with the Maritime police to ensure the program runs smoothly. Ambassador Quinn stated that the Pacific Patrol Boat program has been one of the most successful bilateral programs Australia has had with the Federated States of Micronesia, and that it is a symbol of our good relations and friendship.

Former President John Haglelgam also has a chance at the podium and he told of the history of how the boats came to the FSM. He commented that even though the boats are 21 years old, they still look like they did when they arrived 21 years ago, and that the program is still very relevant today.

After the speeches, a cake was cut and a buffet table was opened for the dignitaries, sailors and their families to enjoy.

Also in attendance at the ceremony was former President Urusemal, Vice Speaker Frederico Primo, members of the diplomatic corps and other members of the FSM Cabinet and FSM National Police force.

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FSM Office of the President
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Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
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