Section: Operations

Donations directly support Fijian women

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Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Jacqueline Swinton with Joint Task Force 635 speaks to a Fijian woman on Koro Island, Fiji during Operation Fiji Assist. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Jacqueline Swinton with Joint Task Force 635 speaks to a Fijian woman on Koro Island, Fiji during Operation Fiji Assist.

Australian Defence Force and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade personnel attended a key leadership engagement in Nasau Village on Koro island, Fiji, on 18 March.

HMAS Canberra on operation for the first time

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HMAS Canberra conducting ampibious operations off the coast of Fiji during Operation Fiji Assist 2016. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

HMAS Canberra conducting ampibious operations off the coast of Fiji during Operation Fiji Assist 2016.

HMAS Canberra has deployed on its first operational tasking, delivering humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as part of Joint Task Force 635, the Australian Defence Force’s support to the Australian whole-of-government response to a request by the Fiji government.

Canberra resupplies to continue support to Fiji

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Doug Rowan, at the controls of one of HMAS Canberra's LHD Landing Craft during an aid replenishment as a part of Operation Fiji Assist. (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Doug Rowan, at the controls of one of HMAS Canberra's LHD Landing Craft during an aid replenishment as a part of Operation Fiji Assist.

HMAS Canberra returned to Suva early on 10 March to conduct a resupply of essential aid and construction equipment intended for Fiji's cyclone-ravaged Taveuni and Koro Islands.

In chorus for relief

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Chaplain Max Walker from HMAS Canberra greets the congregation on the conclusion of a church service held at Nasau, Koro Island, Fiji. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Royal Australian Navy Chaplain Max Walker from HMAS Canberra greets the congregation on the conclusion of a church service held at Nasau, Koro Island, Fiji.

Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to Fiji in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston took time out from relief operations to attend a service at the Methodist Church in Nasau on Koro Island, Fiji on 6 March.

HMAS Canberra hosts senior delegation in Fiji

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Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 635, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Hill, briefs Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC (right), at the Joint Operations Room in Suva, Fiji as part of Operation Fiji Assist. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 635, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Hill, briefs Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC (right), at the Joint Operations Room in Suva, Fiji as part of Operation Fiji Assist.

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has thanked the Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, for the Australian Government's efforts in response to Tropical Cyclone Winston, the most devastating cyclone ever to hit Fiji.

United effort to clean up Nasau

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailors (L-R Back row) Chief Petty Officer Medic Paul Bodenstiener, Able Seaman Marine Technician Ben Ayliffe, Seaman Marie Technician Jacob Gray, Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Roger Roy, Chaplain Rendal Walker, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Personnel Brendan Matchett, Able Seaman Communications and Informations Jamie Cuenca, Australian Army soldier Craftsman Andrew Cook (L-R Front Row) Seaman Maritime Logistics-Personnel Morgan Foster and Australian Army soldier Corporal Nicole Thomas together with two Republic of Fiji Military Forces carpenters at Nasau Villa (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Royal Australian Navy sailors (L-R Back row) Chief Petty Officer Medic Paul Bodenstiener, Able Seaman Marine Technician Ben Ayliffe, Seaman Marie Technician Jacob Gray, Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Roger Roy, Chaplain Rendal Walker, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Personnel Brendan Matchett, Able Seaman Communications and Informations Jamie Cuenca, Australian Army soldier Craftsman Andrew Cook (L-R Front Row) Seaman Maritime Logistics-Personnel Morgan Foster and Australian Army soldier Corporal Nicole Thomas together with two Republic of Fiji Military Forces carpenters at Nasau Villa

Australian Defence Force personnel deployed with Operation FIJI ASSIST have conducted work parties with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, to help clean up the village of Nasau on Koro Island after it was struck by Tropical Cyclone Winston on 20 February.

Cyclone hits home for sailors in Canberra

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Royal Australian Navy sailors, Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) George Cantarakis, Leading Seaman Electronic Technician Tevita Vula, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Apete Turuva and ABCD Peter Taylor onboard HMAS Canberra during Operation Fiji Assist. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Royal Australian Navy sailors, Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) George Cantarakis, Leading Seaman Electronic Technician Tevita Vula, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Apete Turuva and ABCD Peter Taylor onboard HMAS Canberra during Operation Fiji Assist.

For a small group of sailors onboard HMAS Canberra, Operation FIJI ASSIST is not just an opportunity to help another country, it’s also an opportunity to help family.

Freedom to manoeuvre for relief force

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Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Michael Kumpis, Officer in Charge of the Deployable Geospatial Support Team, conducts a Rapid Environmental Assessment (Beach Survey) at Koro Island, Fiji. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Michael Kumpis, Officer in Charge of the Deployable Geospatial Support Team, conducts a Rapid Environmental Assessment (Beach Survey) at Koro Island, Fiji.

Four Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Surveyors have been searching for the 'perfect beach' - not for relaxation - but importantly in support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-led Australian whole-of-government relief mission, Operation FIJI ASSIST 2016.

Fiji Minister of Defence visits HMAS Canberra

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Fiji Minister for Defence, Mr Timoci Lesi Natuva meets Fijian Australian, AB Apete Turuva onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Fiji Minister for Defence, Mr Timoci Lesi Natuva meets Fijian Australian, AB Apete Turuva onboard HMAS Canberra.

Australian Defence personnel currently deployed as part of Operation FIJI ASSIST were honoured with a visit to HMAS Canberra, by the Fijian Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Mr Timoci Natuva on 3 March.

Maritime security bolstered and relationships strengthened to reduce threat of piracy

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Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore (CDRE) Jaimie Hatcher (centre left), Commander Combined Task Force 150, joins participants of Cutlass Express 2016 for a photo after the exercise closing ceremony on February 6. (photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mat Murch)

Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore (CDRE) Jaimie Hatcher (centre left), Commander Combined Task Force 150, joins participants of Cutlass Express 2016 for a photo after the exercise closing ceremony on February 6.

Indian Ocean maritime security has been bolstered and international relationships strengthened as 450 naval and coast guard personnel from 18 nations gathered in the Seychelles for Exercise CUTLASS EXPRESS.