|Senator David Johnston|
FSMIS (April 8, 2014): In a November 13, 2013 letter to FSM Secretary of Justice Mrs. April Skilling, Senator David Johnston, Minister of Defence for the Australian Government, expressed his Government's appreciation for the participation of the Federated States of Micronesia in Australia's most recent International Fleet Review, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Navy's entry into Sydney Harbour.
The event, which took place on October 4, 2013, was hailed a "significant event for the Australian Defence Force and the Australian nation".
The FSS Micronesia represented the Nation's fleet at the maritime section of the FSM National Police, showcasing maneuver skills in such operation, acting among military vessels representing other participating countries.
Senator Johnston wrote, "Australia values its relationship with the Federated States of Micronesia and I welcome our security cooperation through the Pacific Patrol Boat Program...I look forward to our continuing engagement on Pacific issues and Defence participation at the Maritime Security Cooperation Talks in 2014".
The Maritime Security Cooperation Talks between Australia and the FSM were held on February 24 in Palikir.
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