Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers employed to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have made the war-torn environment of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province safer for diggers and local Afghan civilians.
As HMAS Tobruk steamed into Ormoc on the morning of November 26, a light mist hid much of the city’s devastation.
Fresh from their successful interdiction of suspected Somali pirates in October, the crew of the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has experienced a sombre reminder of the consequences of piracy when the ship came across the wreckage of the merchant vessel MV Albedo.
HMAS Tobruk has arrived to commence recovery support operations in the Ormoc region of Leyte Island to assist the Philippines government repair the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
Months of careful planning in partnership with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, the Australian Federal Police, and Australian Defence and Consulate staff in Honiara, along with a well thought out community engagement program, have been an integral part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal skill sets that have been developed, adapted and refined over twelve years of conflict are presently being put to good use in Solomon Islands.
A group of Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army Explosive Ordnance technicians, along with Royal Australian Navy sailors and officers based on HMAS Tarakan have been working on clearing Explosive Remnants of War and rebuilding classrooms at the community school at Yandina, in the Russell Islands, in the country’s Central Province.
Sixty missile counter measure flares erupted from the belly of HMAS Melbourne’s S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter, marking 1000 hours in the Seahawk cockpit for Flight 3 Flight Commander, Lieutenant Commander Helen Anderson.
As the only domestic violence refuge in Solomon Islands, the Christian Care Centre near Honiara plays an important role in the local community and this role will now be a little easier thanks to the assistance of the Navy-led Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.
In a true display of ANZAC spirit, three Royal New Zealand Navy sailors on board HMAS Melbourne, have been instrumental in an operation involving the interception of nine suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia.