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HMAS Adelaide On Way Here As Part of Australia’s $4.5m Humanitarian Mission

Members from the Australian Army's 6th Engineering Support Regiment from Brisbane will assist Fijian authorities to clear debris, and repair critical infrastructure and schools,
24 Dec 2020 00:07
HMAS Adelaide On Way Here As Part of Australia’s $4.5m  Humanitarian Mission
The Australian Navy's HMAS Adelaide.

This is part of the Australian Government’s $4.5 million in humanitarian relief to support the people of Fiji in response to the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasa.

HMAS Adelaide will be deployed to provide immediate assistance to thousands of Fijians, including many from remote islands, whose homes, schools and other local infrastructure were damaged or destroyed by the category 5 cyclone.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator Marise Payne said Adelaide will leave Brisbane on 24 December and is expected to arrive in Fiji next week.

“I am grateful to the women and men of the ADF for their swift response to support our Pacific family at this time of year given how challenging 2020 has been and how much support the ADF has contributed already,” Ms Payne said.

Australia rendered Fiji the same support in 2016 after severe Tropical Cyclone Winston wreaked havoc across Fiji. The HMAS Canberra operations focused on Koro Island, one of the worst islands to be struck by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Ms Payne said this year the Pacific region has endured catastrophic bushfires and tropical cyclones and the shared challenge of COVID-19, but we always emerge stronger, when we work together.

“Importantly, this humanitarian assistance and disaster relief effort will be undertaken in accordance with COVIDSafe measures to ensure the safety of our Fijian vuvale.”

Minister for Defence, Senator Linda Reynolds CSC said HMAS Adelaide will carry personnel and equipment to best complement the relief efforts led by the Government of Fiji.

“Members from the Australian Army’s 6th Engineering Support Regiment from Brisbane will assist Fijian authorities to clear debris, and repair critical infrastructure and schools,” Ms Reynolds said.

“As the scale of the destruction in Fiji caused by TC Yasa becomes clear, Australia is proud to partner with our Fijian vuvale to support their recovery efforts.”

Australia’s $4.5 million package will include:

  1. humanitarian relief supplies such as building materials, tents, medical supplies, solar lighting and hygiene kits
  2. education supplies to enable children to return to school
  3. support for international and local NGOs and the Fiji Red Cross to aid their work with affected communities.

Australia has already sent emergency humanitarian supplies to Fiji on two RAAF C-17A Globemaster flights in the immediate aftermath of the cyclone.

Two RAAF P-8A Poseidon aerial assessment missions have also provided the Fijian Government with an early picture of the scale of the damage caused by TC Yasa in remote locations. Imagery from the P-8A has been provided to the Fijian Government.

 

About HMAS Adelaide:

HMAS Adelaide is the second of two Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ships, the largest ships ever built for the Royal Australian Navy.

The Canberra Class, also known as a Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), provides the Australian Defence Force with one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world, with the ability to support concurrent helicopter, landing craft and small boat operations.

With a crew of around 400, the Canberra Class LHDs is capable of carrying up to 1,000 embarked forces and is equipped with primary health care capability to support embarked personnel.


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