PSS Remeliik II

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PSS Remeliik II at Austal shipyards in Henderson, June 2020

Australia built PSS Remeliik II, for Palau, to replace the Pacific Forum patrol boat Template:Ship.[1] In the late 1980s and early 1990s Australia helped its smaller neighbours, in the Pacific Forum by building small patrol boats so they could protect their own sovereignty. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), had extended an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) 200 kilometres (120 mi) off the shores of all maritime nations, and for small Island nations in the Pacific protecting their EEZ would be an overwhelming problem.

The original patrol boats were designed for a lifetime of approximately thirty years, and, prior to reaching this date, Australia designed and started building replacement vessels. The Template:Sclass2s are larger, and more capable than the original vessels. But, like the original Pacific Forum boats, they were designed to use commercial off-the-shelf components, so they would be easier to maintain in small isolated shipyards.


Remeliik II was delivered in June 2020.[1] Melissa Price, Australian Minister for Defence Industry, handed the vessel over to Paluan officials on September 18, 2020.[2][3]

The handover was delayed by quarantining the Palaun crew, to prevent the spread of the Covid 19 virus.[4][5][6]

Operational career

Remeliik II was commissioned on December 4, 2020.[7]

On December 15, 2020, The Guardian reported that the Remeliik II detained a Chinese fishing vessel, for illegal fishing.[8] 225 kilograms (500 lb) of sea cucumbers was found on board the fishing vessel. Sea cucumbers can be sold for $800 per kilogram, in asian markets.

The detention of the vessel raised a health concern. In December, 2020, Palau was one of the few places on Earth that had not had any individuals come down with the Covid 19 virus.[8] The crew of the Chinese vessel were placed in quarantine. Palaun health officials were concerned that laying charges against the Chinese crew, trying them, would expose Palauns to too high a risk of infection.

In November 2021 the Remeliik II hosted Australian forces who were on joint training exercise.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Rhealyn Pojas (2019-10-03). "Australia to give new ship to Palau to replace Remeliik 1". Island Times. Archived from the original on 2019-10-05. Retrieved 2019-10-05. "President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. divulged during a press conference on October 2 that the guardian class patrol boat Remeliik 2, which will replace its predecessor, the PSS Remeliik, will arrive in Palau in June next year." 
  2. Charbel Kadib (2020-09-18). "Palau to acquire Guardian Class patrol boat". Defence Connect. Archived from the original on 2020-10-24. Retrieved 2020-09-18. "Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price will officially hand over the latest Guardian Class patrol boat on behalf of the Commonwealth government to the Republic of Palau, as the government’s Pacific Step Up program continues to progress." 
  3. "Austal Australia delivers 7th Guardian-Class patrol boat". Manufacturer's Monthly. 2020-09-22. Archived from the original on 2020-10-25. Retrieved 2020-09-24. "Faster, with improved seakeeping, better amenities and an enhanced mission capability – including an integrated stern launch and recovery system – the Guardian-class Patrol Boat(s) provide the Palau Bureau of Maritime Security with a much improved naval asset to carry out border patrols, regional policing, search and rescue and many other operations domestically and internationally." 
  4. "Austal delivers seventh Guardian-class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence". Austal. Sydney. 2020-09-18. Archived from the original on 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2020-09-22. "We are fortunate, however, to be able to hand over this impressive new ship to the very proud and capable Palau crew, who have diligently observed all necessary COVID-19 safe protocols and procedures while completing a comprehensive training program that Austal provides, here in Western Australia." 
  5. "Austal Delivers Palau Patrol Boat". Marine Link. 2020-09-18. Archived from the original on 2020-10-03. Retrieved 2020-09-22. "Austal Chief Executive David Singleton said this Guardian-class Patrol Boat delivery was unique as it is the first to take place under COVID-19 restrictions." 
  6. Julian Douglas (2020-09-20). "Austal (ASX:ASB) delivers 7th Guardian-class vessel". The Market Herald. Archived from the original on 2020-11-03. Retrieved 2020-09-22. "'While we are indeed celebrating the delivery of this latest Guardian-class Patrol Boat, we are obviously missing the presence of a number of special guests we would normally have here, from both Palau and Canberra,' David said." 
  7. Adam Somers (2020-12-01). "Remeliik II boasts "newer model equipment" for maritime surveillance". Island Times. Archived from the original on 2020-12-18. Retrieved 2020-12-18. "The official handover ceremony for the Remeliik II is scheduled to take place this Friday, December 4, at the Marine Law dock in Malakal." 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Bernadette Carreon (2020-12-15). "Tiny Pacific nation of Palau detains 'illegal' Chinese fishing vessel". The Guardian (Koror, Palau). Archived from the original on 2020-12-15. Retrieved 2020-12-15. "Remengesau said Palau had to balance its concerns over the crew bringing Covid into the archipelago, while defending the country’s territorial waters from incursion." 
  9. Michael Trainor (2021-11-26). "ADF builds partnerships in Palau". Archived from the original on 2021-11-26. Retrieved 2021-11-26. "The contingent also engaged with a variety of Palauan agencies including an opportunity to meet with crewmembers of Palau’s new Guardian-class Patrol Boat, PSS President H.I. Remeliik II, which was handed over by Australia in September 2020."