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23 October 2018

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Recalling the 'Pacific Patrol Boat Program'. A forgotten incident during it's infancy:

In the early 1980s the concern was with Soviet expansion in the Pacific. A prototype P150 patrol boat built in Fremantle was provided to the Solomons, which managed to run down and impound a San Diego based tuna clipper.

The US didn't recognise sovereignty over Pelagics with the EEZ. Both PM Hawke and WA Premier Burke made approaches to the builder offering funding for a P150 build, on condition engines were replaced with a less powerful model so they couldn't catch US boats.

Mick [Kailis] told them to eff off. So ended the P150 consortium's Pacific hopes.

The ultimate goal of the consortium was an Australian civilian Coastguard based on the US model, so Navy could focus exclusively on preparing for war. Still a relevant subject.

https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=(Dataset:weblastweek,hansardr,noticer,webthisweek,dailyp,votes,journals,orderofbusiness,hansards,notices,websds)%20ParliamentNumber:%2233%22%20Responder_Phrase:%22mr%20howe%22%20Electorate_Phrase:%22moore%22;rec=0

https://www.sandiegotunaboats.com/2014/01/jeanette-diana/

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