Vanuatu Police Force experiences life on the high seas

This article has photo gallery Published on CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), ABIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Royal Australian Navy sailors, Leading Seaman Boatswains Mates Elliot Smith (left) and Jasmin Butler (third from right) host Vanuatu Police Force Maritime Wing members, (L-R) Corporal Nixon Masanga, Police Constable Simon Timothy, Corporal Ezra Tomatvativolivol and Sergeant Garry Aru, during a tour of HMAS Adelaide, during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018. (photo: ABIS Tara Byrne)
Royal Australian Navy sailors, Leading Seaman Boatswains Mates Elliot Smith (left) and Jasmin Butler (third from right) host Vanuatu Police Force Maritime Wing members, (L-R) Corporal Nixon Masanga, Police Constable Simon Timothy, Corporal Ezra Tomatvativolivol and Sergeant Garry Aru, during a tour of HMAS Adelaide, during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018.

The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 Joint Task Group has welcomed another nation aboard for the beginning of the activity, with the inclusion of four Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) officers on on June 2.

VPF Officer Nixon Masanga said touring the Landing Helicopter Dock vessel HMAS Adelaide was a rewarding experience.

“I thought the most interesting parts of the ship were the bridge, the deck where the helicopters are stored and the deck where all of the trucks and machinery are,” he said.

“We’ve seen ships this large from the outside. It’s very quiet compared to our 31 metre ship, which is always moving.”

The officers spent their first two days with the Joint Task Group experiencing life aboard the flagship, before cross-decking to HMAS Success for the trip home to Port Vila.

More than 1230 Australian Defence Force personnel are deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour aboard HMA Ships Adelaide and Melbourne, which are visiting Fiji and Tonga, and HMA Ships Success and Toowoomba, which are visiting Vanuatu and Samoa, before continuing on to Exercise Rim of the Pacific in Hawaii.