Fiji’s new Guardian-class patrol boat has been loaded with supplies thanks to a delivery from a C-130J Hercules and crew from Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley. 

The No. 37 Squadron Hercules delivered a shore-side generator and operating supplies in early May to help prepare the patrol boat RFNS Savenaca for additional tasks resulting from COVID-19.

The cargo also included humanitarian stores as Australia continues to assist Fiji during the recovery from Tropical Cyclone Harold.

This contributes to the Australian Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program, which helps Fiji’s enforcement against transnational crime and illegal fishing, as well as performing search and rescue duty for those in need.

Group Captain Nicholas Hogan, Officer Commanding No. 84 Wing, said this support helped Fiji greatly. 

“Many of our regional neighbours have responsibility for policing massive areas of the Pacific,” Group Captain Hogan said.

“The generator delivered by our Hercules assists Fiji to continue enforcing its maritime sovereignty under varying and more demanding circumstances.”

Special precautions were put in place by No. 37 Squadron to minimise the risk of COVID-19. 

“The parking space available at Nausori Airport meant the Hercules was the right size to deliver the generator,” Group Captain Hogan said.

“We planned and executed this mission within the constraints of international COVID-19 travel restrictions.

“The crew undertook pre-flight and in-flight precautions and minimised time on the ground to deliver this important cargo before returning to Australia.”