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Australian Support For Fiji Continues

The Australian government has announced that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) deployment to Fiji under Operation Fiji Assist will transition to a new phase. Australia will continue to assist Fiji
26 Mar 2016 12:02
Australian Support For Fiji Continues
Australia’s largest naval vessel, HMAS Canberra has successfully completed its first operational deployment and has departed Fiji yesterday. Photo: Australia in Fiji/Facebook

The Australian government has announced that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) deployment to Fiji under Operation Fiji Assist will transition to a new phase. Australia will continue to assist Fiji as it moves from response to recovery in the wake of  Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Australia’s largest naval vessel, HMAS Canberra, has successfully completed its first operational deployment and had departed yesterday.

Australian Defence Force command and engineering personnel, vehicles and helicopters will remain in Fiji to conduct assessment activities and deliver assistance.

Defence force personnel removed debris, restored critical infrastructure, supplied fresh drinking water and delivered lifesaving supplies to Koro Island and Taveuni Island.

More than 1000 Australian Defence Force and humanitarian personnel have deployed, providing critical assistance.

Australia has committed AUD$15 million (FJ$23m) in humanitarian assistance to Fiji’s recovery, providing life-saving supplies and access to health services to 200,000 people.

The Australian Defence Force will continue to work with the National Disaster Management Office and in support of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to help Fiji recover from this disaster.

Australia remains committed to supporting Fiji’s recovery and assisting our friends and neighbours in times of crisis.

 

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