Canberra returns home to Sydney after Operation Fiji Assist

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Peter Croce (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney

Topic(s): Operations, Establishments, Bases and Headquarters, Fleet Base East, Ships, Boats and Submarines, Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD), HMAS Canberra (L02), Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR)

HMAS Canberra passes her first berthing line to the wharf as she returns to her home port at Garden Island Sydney, after providing humanitarian and disaster relief to the people of Fiji. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)
HMAS Canberra passes her first berthing line to the wharf as she returns to her home port at Garden Island Sydney, after providing humanitarian and disaster relief to the people of Fiji.

HMAS Canberra returned to Fleet Base East, Sydney, this morning, to the mark the end of her first operational deployment after a month-long commitment to Operation Fiji Assist.

Following a request from the Fijian Government, Canberra and Royal Australian Air Force aircraft transported humanitarian aid and assistance in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston.  

The amphibious ship departed Brisbane on 26 February with 60 tonnes of emergency relief supplies, three MRH-90 helicopters and around 760 Australian Defence Force personnel including engineers, carpenters, electricians and plumbers.

Australian forces worked closely with Fijian authorities to conduct recovery efforts and engineering assessments. 

At the request of the Fijian Government, around 200 Defence personnel will remain as a Suva-based humanitarian assistance and disaster relief force.

Four MRH-90 helicopters from Townsville’s 5th Aviation Regiment will also remain to support Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office.