Fiji, March 8 -- Fiji's maritime security capabilities has been further strengthened with the official handover of the RFNS Puamau to Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka at the HMAS Stirling Naval Base in Perth Thursday.

As Fiji takes delivery of its second Guardian-Class Patrol Boat in a ceremony that marked an important step towards our defence cooperation with Australia, PM Rabuka said that this is a testament to the strong bilateral relations shared by the two nations.

In his address, PM Rabuka highlighted the critical timing of RFNS Puamau's arrival, emphasizing its role in enhancing Fiji's maritime capabilities.

"The vessel has come at a critical time and is a most welcomed addition to our effort in improving Fiji's ability to protect...