28 September 2011
S. Korea hands over decommissioned three patrol boats to Timor Leste (photo : Timor Leste Goverment)
Dili, (AP) - The naval component of the Armed Forces of Timor-Leste on 26 Sept welcomed the government's three South Korean patrol ships, baptized with the names of Kamenassa, Dili and Hera, which will enable us to strengthen the sovereignty in the waters Timorese.
"With these new naval units there is an increase, this strengthens the independence and sovereignty of Timor-Leste in national waters," he told Lusa news agency the captain of the sea-and-war Donaciano Gomes, commander of the Naval component of the Defence Forces Timor-Leste.
According to the captain of the sea-and-war, "armed forces through its navy need to be in the water for reasons of national sovereignty and independence."
The three units will be three squadrons, two coastal patrol and one of Intercession.
The ceremony was attended by several representatives of countries that have military cooperation with East Timor, including Portugal, Australia and Indonesia, as well as elements of the government and the Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta.
In his speech, Ramos-Horta thanked the "generous offer" of South Korea, as well as for all the help that has been granted to East Timor over the past 10 years.
"Our two countries are involved excecionais due to some common events in our history," he said.
Ramos-Horta thanked the other partners who have contributed to the development of the naval Timorese waters and prevented the country from being used for illicit activities.
During the ceremony, the boats were also baptized and blessed by your bridesmaids.
The Attorney General's Office, Ana Pessoa, was one of the women chosen to be the godmother of one of the new patrol vessels.