Australian Forces in S. Pacific Disaster Relief Exercise

By George Backwell
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
HMAS Labuan: Photo RAN

Almost 200 members of the Australian Navy, Army and Air Force are joining forces with personnel from across the region in a major humanitarian relief exercise in the South Pacific, says the Australia Defence Force (ADF).

ExerciseCroix du Sud, which is French for “Southern Cross’, is being hosted by France in New Caledonia. The scenario is based on the devastating aftermath of a category four cyclone.

The challenge for the allied forces will be to assist the local community with humanitarian relief and security as well as coordinating the evacuation of Australian citizens and foreign nationals.

The Commander of the Australian Contingent, Wing Commander Jim Xinos, said that the exercise demonstrates Australia’s enduring contribution to humanitarian and disaster relief with multi-national partners.

“Australia and our Pacific partners share a common interest in the security and stability of the region,” Wing Commander Xinos said. “This exercise allows Australia the opportunity to reaffirm the importance we place on a secure and prosperous Pacific.”

This year ADF participation will include a Deployable Geospatial Survey Team and a Rifle Company from 2 RAR, based in Townsville.

Royal Australian Navy landing craft HMAS Labuan and Tarakan will also be taking part, along with a RAAF KA350 King Air aircraft with supporting personnel and 35 command staff.

They will be working with 500 personnel from 11 countries, including Canada, Chile, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, United States of America and Vanuatu.

The importance of Exercise Croix du Sud was recognised during the 2013 South Pacific Chiefs of Defence and South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meetings.
It is also Australia’s key opportunity to conduct a practical level military engagement with the French Armed Forces.

Exercise Croix du Sud is conducted from 25 August to 5 September 2014 in New Caledonia and surrounding waters.

ADF adds that the Exercise also demonstrates the close cooperation between the ADF and the New Zealand Defence Force, with HMNZS Canterbury transporting 120 ADF troops from Townsville to the Exercise.
 

Maritime Reporter January 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Coldharbour Marine's New UK Office

Coldharbour Marine, long recognised for the design, manufacture and supply of inert gas and fluid handling equipment vessels (FPSOs) has moved into a new 25k sq.

Bangladesh Aims to be World's 'First Solar Nation

Residents of Islampur, a remote village in the northern Bangladeshi district of Naogaon, were stunned one night last summer when the darkness was suddenly illuminated

India Not Pressurized by US-China Deal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a climate deal between the United States and China does not put pressure on India, but that global warming itself was reason to take action.

Navy

USS Cole Conducts Change of Command

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) conducted a change of command ceremony during a scheduled port visit in Piraeus, Greece, Jan.

Naval Air Forces Holds Change of Command

Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at Naval Air Station North Island Jan.

Irving Celebrates Canadian AOPS Build Contract

Government of Canada & Irving Shipbuilding mark signing of $2.3 billion AOPS build contract; 3,600 Jobs across Canada generated from Irving’s NSPS commitments to

Environmental

Bangladesh Aims to be World's 'First Solar Nation

Residents of Islampur, a remote village in the northern Bangladeshi district of Naogaon, were stunned one night last summer when the darkness was suddenly illuminated

India Not Pressurized by US-China Deal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a climate deal between the United States and China does not put pressure on India, but that global warming itself was reason to take action.

U.S. Refinery Workers' Contract Talks Moving Slowly

With just a week of bargaining left until the national contract for U.S. refinery workers expires, the United Steelworkers union (USW) said talks with oil company

Maritime Safety

Collision With lock Gate in Kiel Canal

Delays can be expected in the Kiel Canal following a collision this yesterday, 23 January, with the small north lock gate at Brunsbuettel. Only the big north

Naval Air Forces Holds Change of Command

Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at Naval Air Station North Island Jan.

Oil Platform Ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico

Fire broke out on an unmanned oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico approximately five miles south of Port Fourchon, La., the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reported.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1990 sec (5 req/sec)