2018-03-02 At the request of the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Australian Defence Force is providing support to the Department of Foreign Affairs effort following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that stuck central PNG on 26 February 2018.
In the video below, the role of the C-130J is highlighted.
According to the Australian Department of Defence in an article published on March 1, 2018:
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules has conducted aerial surveillance over the area affected by the earthquake.
A replacement C-130J Hercules departed RAAF Base Richmond on 1 March 2018 with ADF personnel to support the Government of PNG in transporting personnel and supplies to the affected region.
In an article by Jaryd Stock and published on Aviation Photo Digest on February 23, 2018, the role of the RAAF in providing adi to the Pacific Islands was highlighted.
According to Stock, “A RAAF C-17A Globemaster flew a total of six flights that delivered approximately 140,000 kilograms of humanitarin aid and 30 ADF and civilian personnel to Tonga.
“In addition to the aid flights, a RAAF AP-3C Orion conducted, at the request of the Fiji Government, damage assessment flights over outlying fijan island son 14 and 16 February 2018.”