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HMAS Canberra For Koro

One of the largest ships ever to be constructed for the Royal Australian Navy arrives into the country today. The Government has asked that HMAS Canberra be deployed to help
01 Mar 2016 14:17
HMAS Canberra For Koro
Australia’s Navy ship HMAS Canberra.

One of the largest ships ever to be constructed for the Royal Australian Navy arrives into the country today.

The Government has asked that HMAS Canberra be deployed to help the people of badly hit Koro Island in Lomaiviti.

There are 880 people on board from the Australian Defence Force, including engineers, carpenters, electricians and plumbers

They will work closely with Government’s efforts on the island.

This is the first deployment of HMAS Canberra in support of a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operation overseas.

An Australian High Commission spokesperson yesterday indicated that the HMAS Canberra is:

  • Carrying approximately 60 tonnes of emergency relief supplies on board. These are family kits, which include hygiene, shelter, kitchen and bedding supplies.
  • It is also carrying three MRH-90 helicopters (bringing the total number of Australian helicopters in Fiji to seven), water purification equipment and medical and humanitarian supplies.
  • Two liaison officers from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are also on board.

The deployment of the HMAS Canberra’s was after a request from the Government of Fiji to assist in the relief operation.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has also confirmed that Australia will provide additional assistance to Fiji as it responds to the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This contribution builds on earlier assistance which delivered lifesaving support to people across the country within 48 hours of the cyclone.

“Australia will allocate a further $10million to provide food, clean water, hygiene, and shelter to communities recovering from Tropical Cyclone Winston. We will work closely with Fijian authorities to make urgent repairs to schools, medical clinics, and basic infrastructure.

“The Australian Government will also provide further support to respond to urgent health needs of the Fijian people.

“We are sending a further 16 medical professionals to supplement the six person Australian medical team already working with Fijian health officials.”

This new package of support brings the Australian Government’s assistance for Fiji to $15m. Funding is complemented by the ongoing work of the Australian Defence Force with HMAS Canberra, Australia’s largest navy vessel.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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