NZ Defence Force

Over 1000 WWII munitions destroyed in Solomons Mission

Speaking from the Solomon Islands at the end of the mission, Senior National Officer and Clearance Diver Lieutenant Shaun Heaslip said the Australian Defence Force-led deployment, called Operation Render Safe, had been a great success and the New Zealanders would be leaving with some interesting tales.

“The team has really enjoyed working with our Australian comrades and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force to make a difference to the people here in the New Georgia Islands in the Western Province,” Lieutenant Heaslip said.

New Zealand's largest tropical exercise in Vanuatu a success

Exercise Tropic Major, which concluded on 9 May, involved more than 500 personnel in a Joint Task Force of Navy, Army and Air Force elements operating from HMNZS Canterbury and HMNZS Wellington off Epi Island, in Vanuatu.

Running concurrently with the exercise, medical education specialists travelled to 10 remote villages and an Army dental team handled 60 patients a day at a medical centre at Lamen Bay.