Remembering the Battle of Kolombangara

New Zealand Cruiser, HMNZS Leander with 550 crew had been serving as an escort ship in the Pacific, under American command since the previous June. In early July 1943, she was ordered to join the US Navy’s Task Group 36.1 at Tulagi, an island north of Guadalcanal as a replacement for the American cruiser, USS Helena which had sunk at…

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HMAS Ararat Rescues Solomon Islands Police

The crew of HMAS Ararat rescued a Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) crew last Saturday after the police vessel was reported missing. The Royal Australian Navy patrol boat’s crew was responding to a search and rescue request from the RSIPF. The crews of an Australian-contracted Forum Fisheries Agency King Air aircraft and an Australian Federal Police-contracted helicopter were able…

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Exchange Strengthens Regional Partnerships

Cook Islands, Fiji and Singapore have become the first three nations to successfully complete the inaugural Sea Training Group – Defence Cooperation Program (STG-DCP) non-reciprocal exchange. The exchange was established in 2018 primarily to support the introduction into service and training of the Guardian-class patrol boats as part of the Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP). Beginning earlier this year, the…

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HMAS Larrakia supports Solomon Islands’ COVID-19 response

May 8, 2021 – Royal Australian Navy vessel HMAS Larrakia will arrive in Solomon Islands this week to support the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force’s (RSIPF) COVID-19 response. Larrakia will conduct maritime surveillance activities in the western border region at the request of the Solomon Islands Government. Commanding Officer of HMAS Larrakia, Lieutenant Commander Dan Lindquist, said the deployment is…

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HMAS Maitland Arrives in Solomon Islands

March 5, 2021 – Royal Australian Navy vessel HMAS Maitland is supporting regional fisheries operations and Solomon Islands’ maritime and border security efforts. As part of our security partnership, and at the request of the Solomon Islands Government, HMAS Maitland will conduct maritime surveillance support as Solomon Islands prepares to receive its second Guardian-class Patrol Boat, RSIPV Taro, under the…

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