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New vessel to help protect Australia's borders

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Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Scott Morrison

New vessel to help protect Australia's borders

Friday, 20 June 2014

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison today attended the official naming ceremony of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Vessel (ACV) Thaiyak which will help secure Australia's borders.

'The Coalition government is committed to Australia's long-term maritime security and this investment builds on the government's successful Operation Sovereign Borders,' Minister Morrison said.

'ACV Thaiyak will significantly bolster Australia's ability to detect and respond to illegal maritime threats in Australian waters and complements the new Cape Class Patrol Boat fleet.

The vessel will be used to:

• respond to illegal maritime arrivals • apprehend foreign fishing vessels • monitor environmental pollution • assist in the management of offshore nature reserves and marine parks • identify, track, intercept a range of threats in the maritime domain • gather intelligence and store evidence for matters that may proceed to

the courts.

'The Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve and Cartier Island Marine Reserve are vulnerable to over-fishing so the presence of this vessel will serve as a powerful deterrent to potential illegal fishers,' Minister Morrison said.

'The purpose built ACV Thaiyak will have a planned service life of 20 years and can accommodate up to 16 Customs and Border Protection Marine Unit officers.

'The name Thaiyak meaning spear, represents protection, endurance, enforcement and guardianship and was selected by a number of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander crew members, with the help of their family elders.

'I would also like to acknowledge Industry partners - Strategic Marine and Gardline - for the impressive work they have undertaken to deliver the ship on time and within budget,' Minister Morrison said.

ACV Thaiyak will take over surveillance responsibilities previously carried out by the leased vessel ACV Ashmore Guardian and is due to be fully operational by early October 2014.

The ship naming ceremony, a time honoured tradition, symbolises bringing good fortune and safety to a new ship, its crew, and passengers. The ritual of a vessel naming and christening ceremony ensures that a new name is accepted by gods of the sea.