HMAS Canberra concludes Fiji relief mission

HMAS Canberra on station in the vicinity of Koro Island, Fiji. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Royal Australian Navy’s landing helicopter dock HMAS Canberra which was deployed to Fiji in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston is set to return to Australia March 30.

Following a request from the Fijian government, HMAS Canberra was deployed to Fiji on March 1 to deliver humanitarian aid and assistance.

HMAS Canberra was loaded with 60 tonnes of emergency relief supplies, three MRH-90 helicopters and around 760 Australian Defence Force personnel including engineers, carpenters, electricians and plumbers. Australian forces worked closely with Fijian authorities to conduct recovery efforts and engineering assessments.

At the request of the Fijian government, around 200 Defence personnel will remain as a Suva-based humanitarian assistance and disaster relief force. Four MRH-90 helicopters from Townsville’s 5th Aviation Regiment will also remain to support Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office.

According to the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Canberra will unload Queensland-based personnel and equipment in Brisbane today before arriving in Sydney later this week.

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