In the wake of Tropical Cyclone Ana, a RAAF C-17A Globemaster III delivered much needed humanitarian relief supplies to Fiji to assist with recovery efforts. 

Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Greg Bilton said he was proud of the ADF’s work this year to assist Fiji following Tropical Cyclones Ana and Yasa. 

“Just as Fiji stood by Australia in 2020 to support our emergency bushfire response, Australia is proud to stand by our Pacific family and work with our Fijian partners in their recovery efforts,” Lieutenant General Bilton said. 

“It’s been a truly joint effort with huge contributions from all three services.

“It’s one of our most important and satisfying missions.”

The stores were delivered on February 15 via a contactless transfer with ADF members wearing personal protective equipment on arrival in Fiji from RAAF Base Amberley. 

Defence has proudly supported Fiji’s recovery efforts following the damaging impacts of the recent Tropical Cyclones Yasa and Ana through Operation Fiji Assist.

In December 2020, Defence provided aerial surveillance to help assess the immediate cyclone damage, with a number of C-17A flights transporting much-needed humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies from Australia.

Defence support also included the deployment of HMAS Adelaide with more than 600 embarked ADF personnel, comprising engineer, logistics and support functions. 

ADF members supported the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to undertake repair and remediation of damaged school buildings, purify and distribute potable water and distribute aid.

Following Adelaide’s return to Australia on completion of her mission, Defence continues to provide support at the request of the Fijian Government.