For the last 30 years the Australian government has been working on the “Pacific Patrol Boat Program”at a cost of almost 2 billion dollars.
This program is the only scheme covering the Pacific sea surveillance activity so far. However, as announced in 2009 by the then PM, Rudd, at the PIF meeting in Cairns and also in a report of February 2010 by the Australian Senate committee chaired by Hon. Senator Russell Trood, the Australian government is now going to change the PPBP scheme from the ADF to the Custom and Border Protection.
The concept of a Regional Maritime Coordination Center is a key for this new order for maritime security.
I have received an intensive explanation from Australian friend. - see below. .
The terminology RMCC has been used in two different ways which can cause some confusion if you are not familiar with the background. I can shed some light on the background which may help your program determine where to fit in.
・ The earlier use of “RMCC” was in Bergin/Bateman paper which refers to a Regional Maritime Coordination Centre (RMCC). The paper was written in 2008 as an academic perspective. It is very much about coordination of maritime surveillance and has elements that align with what PMSP may deliver as a regional maritime surveillance capability, and probably closer to what you are envisaging for your Micronesian facility;
・ The more recent and common use of "RMCC" comes from some studies that were performed last year on behalf of FFA. I have attached the two papers that relate to the development of a Regional MCS Coordination Centre (RMCC). This RMCC concept is very much about coordination of fisheries compliance activities, and is what is more commonly referred to as RMCC these days. The FFA RMCC concept does include surveillance coordination as a possible role for FFA on p22 of appendix 5, however the details on how this might operate or integrate with broader maritime law enforcement, SAR and Natural Disaster support are not considered in detail. Separate to this, the development of FFA’s surveillance coordination role (as described on p22 of appendix 5) is progressing rapidly through the development of FFA’s Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre (RFSC), which may actually be the facility the academics were really referring to in the ANCORS paper.
The ANCORS paper you refer to was really only intended to inform PMSP of some of the issues they may encounter in the development of a collaborative maritime security framework.
Other papers are too heavy to up load on this blog, so if you would like to refer them, please let me know. I will send them to you.