Section: Operations

Duty done in Solomon Islands

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Explosive remnants of World War II having been transported and ready to be cleared. (photo: Unknown)

Explosive remnants of World War II having been transported and ready to be cleared.

Clearance divers onboard HMAS Huon joined with their international counterparts to dispose of more than 2,500 pieces of unexploded ordnance during a month-long deployment to the Solomon Islands.

Lesson in soccer for Huon

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HMAS Huon community engagement at Yandina Community High School (photo: ABCIS Majtenyi)

HMAS Huon community engagement at Yandina Community High School

Crew members from HMAS Huon visited a high school in the Solomon Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE duties for a range of sporting events, including volleyball and soccer.

Land dangers for Navy divers

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Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver Leading Seaman Thomas Buchanan (left) and Constable Peter Rivivere of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force examine two US M43A1 81mm mortars fitted with Type 52 Point Detonating fuses. The two shells will be collected by an Operation Render Safe 16 field team and be moved to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility at Hells Point for destruction. (photo: )

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver Leading Seaman Thomas Buchanan (left) and Constable Peter Rivivere of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force examine two US M43A1 81mm mortars fitted with Type 52 Point Detonating fuses. The two shells will be collected by an Operation Render Safe 16 field team and be moved to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility at Hells Point for destruction.

Navy's Clearance Diving Team One personnel traded their fins for combat boots during land clearance operations in the Solomon Islands for Operation RENDER SAFE.

HMAS Huon explosive on operations

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Clearance Diver Matthew Ryan, of HMAS Huon, prepares to dive with a batch of explosives for underwater explosive ordnance disposal in the Solomon Islands on 29 September, 2016, during Operation Render Safe.  (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Clearance Diver Matthew Ryan, of HMAS Huon, prepares to dive with a batch of explosives for underwater explosive ordnance disposal in the Solomon Islands on 29 September, 2016, during Operation Render Safe.

Australian minehunter HMAS Huon is one of a trio of vessels that have made a significant contribution to Operation RENDER SAFE 16 in the Solomon Islands.

Clearance Divers feel weight of mission

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Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers collect explosive remnants of war from the shallow waters at Hells Point during Operation Render Safe 2016 in the Solomon Islands.  (photo: SGT Ricky Fuller)

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers collect explosive remnants of war from the shallow waters at Hells Point during Operation Render Safe 2016 in the Solomon Islands.

Sydney-based Royal Australian Navy clearance divers hauled in over 3.5 tonnes of Second World War munitions from the water off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in a single morning during Operation RENDER SAFE.

Divers detect dangers in the deep

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Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers prepare to destroy explosive remnants of war during Operation Render Safe 2016 in the Solomon Islands. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers prepare to destroy explosive remnants of war during Operation Render Safe 2016 in the Solomon Islands.

A team of Royal Australian Navy clearance divers have been working with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force on Guadalcanal during Operation RENDER SAFE 16 to enhance the underwater clearance capability of the Solomon team.

Minehunters rendering safe

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Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers, from HMAS Diamantina, conduct clearing operations of explosive remnants of war during Operation Render Safe 2016 in the Solomon Islands. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers, from HMAS Diamantina, conduct clearing operations of explosive remnants of war during Operation Render Safe 2016 in the Solomon Islands.

HMA Ships Diamantina and Huon have spent two weeks finding and destroying unexploded Second World War munitions in the waters around the Solomon Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE.

Anti-drug operations form bond

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Members from Seychelles National Drug Enforcement Agency enjoy a damage control display during a tour of HMAS Perth. (photo: LEUT Morris)

Members from Seychelles National Drug Enforcement Agency enjoy a damage control display during a tour of HMAS Perth.

HMAS Perth is conducting counter-terrorism operations in the Indian Ocean region, under the command of Combined Task Force 150. 

Operation Render Safe helps bring safety to the Solomon Islands

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Constable Peter Rivivere of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (left) and Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver Leading Seaman Thomas Buchanan examine two US M43A1 81mm mortars fitted with Type 52 Point Detonating fuses. The two shells will be collected by an Operation Render Safe 16 field team and be moved to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility at Hells Point for destruction. (photo: )

Constable Peter Rivivere of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (left) and Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver Leading Seaman Thomas Buchanan examine two US M43A1 81mm mortars fitted with Type 52 Point Detonating fuses. The two shells will be collected by an Operation Render Safe 16 field team and be moved to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility at Hells Point for destruction.

The dangers posed by explosive remnants of war in the Solomon Islands will again be tackled with the commencement of Operation RENDER SAFE 16 over the weekend.

First search and rescue for MH-60R

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HMAS Perth's MH-60R leaves the flight deck while the ship is in Victoria, Seychelles, to assist the Seychelles' Coast Guard in a search and rescue mission after a civilian boat capsized during the night. (photo: LEUT Richard Morris)

HMAS Perth's MH-60R leaves the flight deck while the ship is in Victoria, Seychelles, to assist the Seychelles' Coast Guard in a search and rescue mission after a civilian boat capsized during the night.

HMAS Perth and its embarked MH-60R helicopter supported a search and rescue off the coast of Seychelles on 14 August.