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.
Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has commenced what will be her longest patrol in her Middle East deployment, departing the Port of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
HMAS Labuan, operating within an Australian led multi-national Task Force in Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 13, has spent the past week working with local communities on Tulagi Island to identify the unexploded ordnance that is a legacy of Tulagi’s World War II role as a Japanese naval refuelling, communications, and seaplane reconnaissance base.
Members of an Australian led multi-nation task force in Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 were welcomed to the country this week by the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr Matt Anderson.
Less than 24 hours after the establishment of the headquarters for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 in Solomon Islands, elements of the JTF 663 Advanced Party partnered with elements of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to locate and make safe explosive remnants of war near Honiara International Airport.
A tri-Service advance party for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 arrived in Honiara via a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules late in the evening of 28 October.