Tongan Maritime Force

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Tongan Maritime Force
VOEA Savea (P203) - RAN-IFR 2013 D3 75.jpg
The Tongan patrol boat VOEA Savea (P203) underway in Sydney Harbour in 2013.
Active10 March 1973
CountryFlag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Type Navy
Role Naval warfare
Insignia
Naval Ensign Naval Ensign of Tonga.svg

The Tongan Maritime Force is the main arm of the Tonga Defence Services.

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History

The TDS was founded on 10 March 1973 by King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, who also commissioned the first craft on that date. [1] The first craft was VOEA Ngahau Koula (P101), followed by VOEA Ngahau Siliva (P102) - the names mean Golden Arrow and Silver Arrow respectively. [1] They were manned by volunteers, but are no longer in service. [1]

Royal Yacht

Patrol Boat Flotilla

The Pacific-class patrol craft were provided to Tonga by Australia as part of the Pacific Patrol Boat Program. The TDS' main base is Touliki Base, in Nuku'alofa. [1] As of September 2012, it has 3 Patrol vessels:

TypeClass Displacement Name Pennant number Commissioned Homeport
Patrol Boat Guardian-class patrol boat VOEA Ngahau Koula (P301) P3012019 Nukuʻalofa
VOEA Neiafu (P201).jpg Patrol Boat Pacific-class patrol boat 162
tonnes
VOEA Neiafu (P201) P2011989 Nukuʻalofa
VOEA Neiafu (P201).jpg [ clarification needed ] Patrol Boat Pacific-class patrol boat 162
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VOEA Pangai (P202) P2021990 Pangai
VOEA Savea (P203) - VAV-Patroulienboot 2.jpg Patrol Boat Pacific-class patrol boat 162
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VOEA Savea (P203)) P2031991 Vavaʻu

Logistic Support Flotilla

TypeClass Displacement Name Pennant number Commissioned Homeport
Coastal Tanker VOEA Lomipeau (A301) A301 Nukuʻalofa
Aust. Army LCM-8.jpg Landing Craft Mechanized LCM-8 113
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VOEA Late (C315) C315 Nukuʻalofa

Marine Battalion

The Royal Tongan Marines is a single Battalion with a HQ and Support Company and 3 Light Infantry Companies, based at Fuaʻamotu.

Maritime Aviation

Maritime Aviation Wing based at Fuaʻamotu International Airport.

AircraftOriginTypeVersionsIn serviceNotes
Beechcraft G.18S Flag of the United States.svg  USA Search and rescueSNB-1 Kansan1
American Champion Citabria Flag of the United States.svg  USA Maritime patrol7KCAB1

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<i>VOEA Ngahau Koula</i> (P101)

VOEA Ngahau Koula (P101) was the first ship of the Tongan Maritime Force. It was built in the United Kingdom, at Brooke Marine in Lowestoft, and was commissioned on 10 March 1973. The ship was one of several of the same aluminum-hulled class, which were used in ex-British colonies after they were granted independence. It was joined in 1976 by a sister ship, Ngahau Siliva, which incorporated several improvements to the design, most notable, the range was increased from 800 to 1000 miles.

Guardian-class patrol boat

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VOEA Ngahau Koula may refer to the following ships

VOEA <i>Ngahau Koula</i> (P301)

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<i>VOEA Savea</i> (P203)

VOEA Savea (P203) was a Pacific Forum patrol vessel operated by the Tongan Maritime Force from 1989 to April 2019.

VOEA <i>Pangai</i> (P202) Patrol vessel

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VOEA <i>Ngahau Siliva</i> (P302) Tongan naval vessel

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Moore, John (1984). Jane's All The World's Fighting Ships. Jane's Publishing. p. 465. ISBN   0710607741.