10/10/2017: Operation Vanuatu Assist 2017 is the Australian Defence Force for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) contribution to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade led support to the Government of Vanuatu in the wake of recent volcanic activity on Ambae Island.
The movement of HMAS Choules under VA17 follows a formal request by the Government of Vanuatu for Australian support in achieving the full evacuation Ambae Island’s 11,000 residents.
Preparations to deploy a RAN MRH90 Taipan helicopter to assist with potential evacuation and aid distribution tasks are underway.
The ADF’s contribution is one element of the wider Australian Government support being provided, led by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Australian Department of Defense:10/06/17