Australia is pleased to announce three Australia Defence Force (ADF) personnel will, for the first time, join the United States Marine Corps’ (USMC) Taskforce Koa Moana in Palau.

The three contingent members specialise in planning, civil-military engagement and military law enforcement. Arriving in Palau from 19 September, they will work closely with the USMC until the conclusion of Koa Moana in mid-November.

The ADF contingent will complement Australia’s ongoing support to Palau under the Pacific Maritime Security Program and under the broader Defence Cooperation Program, a year on from the handover of Palau’s Guardian-class Patrol Boat, PSS President H.I. Remeliik II in Perth, Australia.

Australia’s Maritime Surveillance Adviser based in Palau, LCDR Neil Krauklis, is working closely with US and Japanese Maritime Surveillance Advisers to identify and coordinate opportunities to support Palau’s Division of Marine Law Enforcement (DMLE) participation in Koa Moana.This will include a number of Subject Matter Expert exchanges between the US Coast Guard and crews of PSS Remeliik II and PSS Kedam.  

Australia remains committed to strengthening Palau’s maritime security, so critical to Pacific sovereignty and prosperity, and is proud to build upon our close partnerships with Palau and the US through Koa Moana.

For more information, please contact the Australian Embassy, Palau on 488-4628 or koror.embassy@dfat.gov.au.

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