Disaster on the table during Fiji exercise

Published on LEUT Max Logan (author)

Location(s): Suva, Fiji

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01), Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR), Defence Cooperation Program

ADF personnel attend the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief tabletop exercise during the Joint Task Group 637.3 visit to Suva, Fiji. (photo: )
ADF personnel attend the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief tabletop exercise during the Joint Task Group 637.3 visit to Suva, Fiji.

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.

The exercise preceded the practical amphibious training between the ADF and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock HMAS Adelaide will provide the capability for the training. Adelaide’s embarked landing craft and small boats can provide aid during Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief responses.

Personnel from the Fiji Ministry of Defence and National Security, the Fiji Police, Australian Federal Police and Australian High Commission - Suva participated in the tabletop exercise.

The ADF’s ongoing presence in the Pacific is part of Australia’s Pacific Step-up and enduring Defence Cooperation Program.

Fiji and Australia have a long history of Defence cooperation focused on maritime security, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, peacekeeping and training.