Three female police officers will be among the crew of the new patrol boat Nafanua II when it arrives in September this year.
The women sailors sailed off on the Nafanua patrol boat farewell voyage from her Matautu-tai berth on Thursday.
The Nafanua II with women sailors making up the crew will make Samoa the “first Pacific Island country to have women posted to sea – a significant feat in paving the way for future women seafarers not only in Samoa but the Pacific region.”
One of the history making women sailors is officer Rosalina Nu’u of Lefagaoali'i, Safune, in Savaii.
Nu’u and the rest of the crew will undergo training in Australia on the newer patrol boat replacement for Samoa the Nafanua II.
Grandfather Manutulila Leti, treasures as very special the making of maritime history for Samoa and also the Pacific by his granddaughter, Nu’u.
“ We are so proud of her making up the first group of females in the crew of the patrol boat. She is doing what she loves best,” Manutulila told Newsline.
“ It is an important calling but it will not be easy. The job has many risks.”
Saying goodbye was hard for Manutulila who was in tears as he bade goodbye to his granddaughter.
“ Her grandmother and I raised her up and it’s so sad to see our baby leaving. It’s hard saying goodbye to her. I am thinking of the many miles she will be travelling on the sea.”
“ It is hard to think that she would be away for a long time and for such a distance. We will miss her so much.
While Nu’u is making the trip to Australia and doing her training she will always be in the family prayers.
“ We will pray for her and the whole team for their safety. I have told her to take care of herself and not to worry about us.”
Rosalina and twenty other police officers will undertake training in Australia for 4 months and on their return they will serve on the Nafanua II, which will be larger and more capable Guardian Class Patrol Boat.