Topic: Operation VANUATU ASSIST 17
Within one year of joining the Royal Australian Navy, six officers have taken part in a critical humanitarian aid and disaster relief mission in Vanuatu.
HMAS Choules has delivered a combined force of 150 soldiers and marines from Australia and Tonga to New Zealand as part of Exercise SOUTHERN KATIPO.
The Australian Defence Force deployed humanitarian supplies in September to provide relief to communities displaced from Vanuatu's Ambae Island with the island’s Manaro Volcano threatening to erupt.
Preparing for an exercise scenario in New Zealand quickly became a real life disaster relief effort for the ship’s company of HMAS Choules as a result of an active volcano.