World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Evacuation of Australians from Solomon Islands

The Hon. John Moore, MP

Friday, 9 June 2000 - 1900hrs MIN126/00

News Update 4

Evacuation of Australians from Solomon Islands

The Minister for Defence, John Moore, tonight announced that the Navy's heavy landing ship, HMAS TOBRUK, has been directed to remain moored off Honiara until relieved tomorrow by the New Zealand ANZAC frigate, HMNZS TE MANA.

TE MANA is encountering heavy seas en route to the Solomon Islands capital but is expected to arrive in Honiara harbour tomorrow, Saturday 10th June.

Mr Moore said that HMAS TOBRUK had taken aboard more than 470 passengers before sunset today, and there is a possibility that more expatriates will request evacuation on Saturday.

"Ship's company have worked hard to accommodate everyone who has decided to take the opportunity to leave Honiara, and to make their civilian passengers as comfortable as possible for the journey back to Australia.

"The call to provide this humanitarian assistance came at short notice and reports from the ship indicate that passengers and their families appreciate Navy being there to help them.

"As Minister for Defence, I too would like to thank the members of the ADF who are doing such a good job for Australians and other foreign nationals in their time of need."

The amphibious ship, HMAS MANOORA, sailed from Townsville this morning for Honiara. It is equipped with Black Hawk helicopters and vehicles to assist personnel with evacuations, if required.

"The MANOORA has been despatched to provide contingency options. The ship's ability to operate multiple helicopters, provide medical support and accommodate large numbers of people make MANOORA a most flexible vessel for the task in the Solomons," Mr Moore said.

MANOORA will be on standby in the area to allow Navy to quickly respond to the Government's instructions.

This is the final advisory for tonight.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


COP24: Rapid Action Urged At Climate Change Conference

Following a year of devastating climate disasters around the globe, from California to Kerala, and Tonga to Japan, the annual UN Climate Change Conference opens with the goal of finalising the implementation guidelines for the Paris Climate Change Agreement. More>>


New Report: Refugees In PNG Being Pushed To The Brink

Refugee Council of Australia and Amnesty International paint a stark picture of a traumatised refugee population hit hard by Australia's recent healthcare and counselling service cuts, as well as continued threats to their safety. More>>


Jamal Khashoggi: UK, France, Germany Join Calls For Credible Investigation

Germany, the United Kingdom and France share the grave concern expressed by others including HRVP Mogherini and UNSG Guterres, and are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness. More>>


MSF Not Wanted: Nauru Government Shows Continued Callousness

The Nauruan Government’s decision to ask Doctors Without Borders to immediately leave shows continued callousness towards asylum seekers desperately seeking a safe place to call home, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC