Over 150 students a year come to AMC Search to train in all aspects of running the Pacific Patrol Boats — from Cook to Commanding Officer — before returning to their countries to put their new-found skills into practice.
The Pacific Patrol Boat project has been widely recognised as Australia’s most successful Defence Cooperation Program, spanning 27 years and 13 Pacific nations.
In the early 1990’s, 22 Pacific Patrol Boats were gifted to the island nations as a means of them maintaining their sovereignty over their Exclusive Economic Zones. With the region boasting the last remaining viable migratory fish habitat, protecting their natural resources was seen as major economic driver for the nations.
The Pacific Patrol Boats are manned, operated and largely funded by the Island nations. Australia continues to provide support through technical and operational Advisors in country, through maintenance support in country and in Australia, and through training at AMC Search.
AMC Search conducts Pacific Patrol Boat training for 11 months of the year. Each year, over 150 personnel attend courses at the Launceston campus of the Australian Maritime College.
The courses cover all the mariner skills required to operate and maintain the vessels, and include:
Throughout the 25 years of training provided by AMCS, the company has been recognised by the Australian Department of Defence as a reliable provider of high quality training. This was once again recognised in 2015, by meeting the Department’s Quality Management Performance Benchmark for its Defence suppliers.
The Pacific Patrol Boat training team is led by Barry Jones, who has also held positions with Australian Defence and as a Commanding Officer on Navy vessels.
Barry leads a team of instructors and course leaders: