Welcome back, we are glad to have you back, we glad your mission is successful and very well-done says the Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast in a brief ceremony held at Aola bay to welcome Patrol Boat Auki from a two months humanitarian service in Vanuatu.
In his statement Commissioner Frank said, what the 14 crew members have done during their two months of service in Vanuatu not only help a neighbour who is in need, but also set a benchmark for the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in terms of service provided.
“What you’ve done not only help a neighbour who is in need but you also set a benchmark of what RSIPF can do in terms of service, you’ve done the police force proud and also set an example for the country”, he said.
“I’ve heard a lot of good feedbacks from Vanuatu and other international agencies such as the United Nations and others such as the Australian Federal Police Force who spoke highly of your service in Vanuatu.”
He said, he wanted to acknowledge the 14 crew members for the work well done.
“They have contributed a lot in eradicating the worst impact of cyclone Pam in neighbouring Vanuatu.”
With that he also want to thank the families of the 14 crew members for allowing them to serve the way they have served.
“Its hard to be away from your families but sometimes it’s even harder for people who are waiting for them back home.”
Patrol Boat Auki was deployed to Vanuatu with eoight weeks ago to help assist in the aftermath of the devastated cyclone Pam that hit the neighbouring Vanuatu.
During the two months of service in Vanuatu, the 14 crew members have engaged in transporting basic services like food, water, medical supplies and evacuated 60 families from the worst affected Island of Mataso to capital Port Villa.
According to the team leader and the director of maritime, John Lee Kanabaea, the help of Patrol Auki and the 14 crew members has received appreciation from the Vanuatu government, the MSG Secretariat and the Police Commissioner of Vanuatu.
A parade to welcome the crew was mounted at the wharf.
Family members and friends were at hand to welcome the crews.
By Biriau Wilson Saeni