HMAS Choules is en route to Manus Island as part of an Australian Defence Force (ADF) Joint Task Force providing assistance to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to increase the capacity of the facilities on Manus Island.
The Navy Landing Ship Dock departed Cairns on 30 July to provide a maritime-based support capability which will include afloat accommodation for Defence personnel, Australian Government and service provider staff, logistic support and a ship to shore transport capability.
HMAS Choules will not be used to accommodate transferees.
There are approximately 49 ADF personnel deployed to Papua New Guinea to assist with the overall task and 132 people are embarked in HMAS Choules.
ADF personnel are conducting site works ahead of contracted accommodation being erected and site surveys of facilities on Manus Island.
The tasks have included site survey works for future DIAC facilities, remediation and preparation tasks by plumbers, electricians and carpenters for the site.
C-130J Hercules aircraft have conducted logistic flights to deliver construction and support equipment to Manus Island, with a King Air 350 aircraft providing light air mobility support.
Defence will not be responsible for managing or providing security to the DIAC facilities.
All enquiries relating to the facilities on Manus Island should be directed to DIAC.
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999