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Noumea docking quay will boost French military surveillance in Pacific

France is to increase its military surveillance in the Pacific by building a new docking quay at the Chaleix naval base in Noumea, New Caledonia.

The quay, which will host two new military patrol P400 boats, will stretch to 130 metres long, and cost $US12 million.

The two new patrol vessels - the Auguste-Benebig and the Jean-Tranape - will replace two older models.

These boats will be able to survey the 1.7 million sq km of the economic zone around New Caledonia.

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