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The two newest additions to the Coast Guard Fleet are expected to arrive in this country by mid-July this year, according to a statement issued today by the Office of the Prime Minister.

The two Cape Class vessels—designated TTCG Scarborough and TTCG Port of Spain—were built by shipbuilder Austal, at its shipyard in Perth, Australia.

The vessels are scheduled to leave Australia for Trinidad and Tobago on 20th May 2021, transported on a heavy lift ship.

They are expected to arrive in Trinidad in mid-July, weather permitting, after a six-to-seven-week journey.

“The two vessels are welcomed additions to our National Security and economic marine protection, as they have been built to specification, approved by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, to provide the necessary monitoring and offshore patrolling of all our marine acreage,” the statement from the PM’s Office said.

On 24th May 2018, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley (accompanied by Foreign Minister, Dennis Moses and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young) met with Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, to discuss the procurement and financing of the vessels using their Export Financing and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) and the Australian Defence Fund.

The Prime Minister also had delivered a comprehensive statement on the details of the procurement in Parliament on Friday 11 January 2019.  [See statement here: https://www.opm.gov.tt/prime-ministers-statement-in-parliament-on-procurement-of-vessels-from-australia/]

“…at every step of the way, this Government has been transparent in how it has conducted itself. There have been several levels of evaluation and negotiations with INCAT and Austal, and at every step of the way, the Government has informed the public of its actions and decisions… The procurement process used by the Government in the present circumstances can withstand all scrutiny and is untainted…” the Prime Minister told Parliament in January 2019.