The Australian Defence Force is contributing to the whole-of-Australian-Government response to the humanitarian crisis in Vanuatu as a result of Tropical Cyclone Harold, which struck on April 6.
A C-17A Globemaster III, from No. 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley, has delivered pallets of humanitarian aid to support the disaster relief efforts of the Vanuatu Government.
The aircraft was prepared and loaded with stores from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade by Air Movements personnel from No. 23 Squadron on April 9, the mission then departed on the morning of April 12.
Officer Commanding No. 86 Wing, Group Captain Anthony Bull, said the C-17A also transported Australian nationals and permanent residents back to Australia via Brisbane International Airport.
"Despite these challenging times it is rewarding to be able to deliver assistance to our Pacific neighbours," Group Captain Bull said.
"Flying in Australian Aid is professionally very satisfying.
"The Air Force is a proven partner in times of crisis, and our personnel are ready to move at short notice, contributing to the hard work across Government.
"Some good news for Easter for those hit by the devastation of Cyclone Harold and for those we’re bringing back home."