Topic: Defence Cooperation Program
The ship’s company of the Leeuwin-class survey ship HMAS Melville provided assistance to the maritime branch of His Majesty’s Armed Forces of Tonga during a recent task group visit to Nuku’alofa.
Fiji Police personnel were welcomed aboard HMAS Adelaide as part of an Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group 637.3 enhanced regional engagement activity during a five-day port visit to Suva, Fiji in November.
The Fiji National Disaster Management Office hosted Australian Defence Force Joint Task Force 637.3 personnel on 20 November at a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief tabletop exercise in Suva, Fiji.
HMAS Choules has departed Papua New Guinea, having successfully completed a visit to Port Moresby and the Lombrum Naval Base, Her Majesty’s Papua New Guinea Ship Tarangau in Manus Province.
Since the 1960s, Australia has undertaken a range of capacity-building and engagement activities in the South Pacific and South East Asia under the Defence Cooperation Program.
The former HMAS Labuan has proven to be a popular attraction and dedicated workhorse in her new role as part of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.
Vanuatu’s Pacific patrol boat RVS Tukoro became a victim of Tropical Cyclone Pam when it became grounded on 13 March 2015.
HMAS Choules’ crew recently assisted the Lombrum Community by repainting the Chapel at HMPNGS Tarangau.
Members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force are getting the chance to explore their spiritual fitness, participating in the Australian Defence Force ‘Faith Under Fire’ course being offered by HMAS Choules Padre, Chaplain Ian Lindsay.