Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Timor to Build a South Coast Navy Base.

Timorese Secretary of State for Defence, Julio Tomas Pinto, Chief of the Defence Force Brigadier Taur Matan Ruak and Commander of the Naval Component, Commander Pedro Klamar Fuik along with senior defence force officers visited Betano on the south coast in Manufahi as well as the Manatuto area last Sunday.

They were there to scope out locations for for the building of a naval supply base for the two Shanghai Class Patrol Boats currently being built in China for the Timorese Defence Force, FALINTIL-FDTL. The company constructing the vessels Poly Technology is in the final stages of construction and Commander Klamar Fuik will travel to China in the next few days to view the ships and participate in their first sea trials.According to the Secretary of State for Defence, Julio Pinto, the Betano area is very important as it will assist in supplying the vessels when the patrol in between Viqueque and Cova Lima Districts at the eastern and western ends of the southern coastal region.  The naval supply base is being review now as the 2010 budget discussion is underway and the vessels are due to arrive next year in the month of March.

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