Navy ship comms help with Fiji disaster relief

Monday, 25 January, 2021

Navy ship comms help with Fiji disaster relief

HMAS Adelaide’s Communication and Information Systems sailors and Army signallers have been bridging the gap between the ship and personnel ashore in Fiji.

Deployed on Operation Fiji Assist, personnel have contributed to the Fijian Government’s disaster relief efforts in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Yasa.

Ship-to-shore communications enabled ADF task coordination including disaster relief supply drops and emergency medical evacuation by air.

Deputy Information Warfare Officer Army Captain Shaun Buxton said communication between land, air and sea ensured commanders made well-informed decisions.

“Providing accurate and in-date information that describes the needs of the Fijian people is critical,” Captain Buxton said.

Signaller Daniel Carrillo said the support mission ran smoothly because of effective communication with Adelaide.

“Being able to stay in contact with forces beyond 45 nautical miles (83 km) was a key component to mission success,” Signaller Carrillo said.

“Our communication networks ensured that forces on shore were always afforded security and safety.”

Adelaide was deployed to Fiji as part of Operation Fiji Assist on 24 December last year, with more than 600 ADF personnel embarked.

Image caption: Disaster relief supplies aboard HMAS Adelaide arrive at Kings Wharf in Suva, Fiji, during Operation Fiji Assist. Image credit: Corporal Dustin Anderson.

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