Roles & Functions



The TRITON has achieved proven performance more or less in all of the following roles and functions:


Resource Protection.    Sovereign maritime resources, particularly fisheries,  remain open to unlawful exploitation due to the inability of many nations to conduct effective surveillance and patrol of their sovereign waters. The resources at risk include but are not limited to marine species, seabed minerals including precious metals and stones, and antiquities.  This situation results in the loss of significant revenues and non-compliance with international agreements resulting in financial and reputational damage. TRITON has been actively involved in countering Illegal, Unregulated or Unreported vessel activity during fisheries protection duties.  

Offshore Installation Protection.   Offshore installations and associated production is potentially vulnerable to unlawful disruption without the security of regular law enforcement patrols in and around the waters surrounding installations and along the length of the associated undersea pipelines and cables. Without ready access to a capable vessel, effective response to incidents is normally not possible. TRITON has been involved in offshore asset protection as part of the ship’s assignment to Border Protection duties.

Border Protection.          A nation’s maritime border protection capabilities are severely compromised without access to reliable and operationally proven marine assets, resulting in porous maritime borders. This environment provides opportunity for breaches in bio security, illegal migration and facilitates trafficking in contraband including illicit drugs and weapons, posing threats to the nation’s social fabric and its internal stability.  The lack of effective assets also makes compliance with transnational crime initiatives and other international obligations difficult to achieve. TRITON has had extensive, long term experience in supporting Border Protection related activities.

Vessel Monitoring System.      The monitoring and control of foreign and domestic shipping transiting of sovereign waters is greatly enhanced with the addition of an effective and capable patrol vessel that can respond to navigation, pollution and search and rescue incidents.

Humanitarian Relief.     The geographical position, geological makeup and significant coastal populations of many nations make them susceptible to natural disasters like earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption and typhoon. These threats are particularly relevant to the Indo - Asia - Pacific regions. In addition climate change is exerting pressure on coastal and archipelagic states requiring them to respond to a range of unprecedented social, economic and humanitarian challenges resulting from extreme weather events with associated long term sea level changes. These all present significant challenges which are forecast to make heavy demands on all Government resources, in particular marine assets, from now on. The specifications and characteristics of TRITON along with its multi mission flexibility make the ship a valuable asset in humanitarian relief activities

Countering Terrorism. Evolving international and regional terrorism threats add an increasingly complex dimension to the protection of sovereign assets and activities including when nations host significant international events. The need for nationally owned or controlled assets that can perform security roles, including command, control and communications functions, is essential to effective prevention or response to terrorist incidents. TRITON’s size and mission flexibility is optimised for this command role.

Marine Science. To effectively control and manage national waters it is imperative to understand the underwater topography and water and air columns above it and the bio diversity that inhabitsall three domains. This requires programs of hydrographic survey and oceanography. TRITON is designed to be capable and accomplished in both of these functions. 

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