French Navy patrol boat Bougainville officials with Te Kukupa II Operations Officer Senior Sergeant Tuariki Henry. POLICE MEDIA/22092711
French Navy patrol boat Bougainville has again been welcomed by the Cook Islands in an ongoing partnership between governments.
Cook Islands police leadership were on hand as the
multi-mission vessel, captained by Commander Martin Nicolas hosted a delegation
to a luncheon that included Police Commissioner Turepu James Keenan along with
the heads of Marine Resources and Foreign Affairs, and officials in Rarotonga
Members of the crew had a friendly sporting encounter
with Police personnel at Avatiu, and were treated to a kaikai function, which
was very much appreciated by all.
Te Kukupa II Operations Officer Senior Sergeant Tuariki
Henry presented a small gift to the Bougainville crew.
At just over five years old, weighing 2000 tons and
measuring 64 metres, the ship is the second vessel in a class of four.
It has visited Rarotonga several times in the past
Like a small floating town, the vessel has spacious
rooms (women have their separate quarters and own bathroom facilities), dining
area, a commercial kitchen, a fully equipped medical room, a gymnasium, and a
The bridge (where the ship can be commanded) has a
360-degree vision that ensures it is comfortable with clear views, and control
of everything that is happening right around.