Oz Army EOD team called to Vanuatu

The Australian Defence Force recently responded to an urgent request from the Vanuatu government to to destroy explosive remnants of war.

CAPTION: Explosive-ordnance-disposal specialists from the Vanuatu Mobile Force and the Australian Army prepare to destroy WWII ordnance in Vanuatu.

Unexploded ordnance was discovered recently in a residential area at Malapoa Estate, Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Following initial assessment by Vanuatu Mobile Force’s (VMF) Explosive Specialists, the ADF deployed an explosive-ordnance-disposal team and medical support specialists via Royal Australian Air Force C-130J to assist completing disposal tasks in coordination with Vanuatu security forces, from 6 to 11 December.

Chief of Joint Operations Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld said the Australian Army’s 20 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron assisted the VMF dispose of the World War Two ordinance in a safe location on Efat Island, Vanuatu.

“The disposed items comprised 12 75mm high-explosive artillery rounds and a mixture of Second World War munitions including ball ammunition and grenades,” Air Marshal Hupfeld said.

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“Although 73 years have passed since the end of the Second World War, the threat of unexploded ordnance remains for south-west Pacific nations, and we continue to work closely with our neighbours to manage and remove these potential dangers.

“Operation Render Safe is an ADF-led commitment to our regional partners.

“The removal of unexploded ordnance improves safety for the local population through the elimination of risks from unstable and unsafe explosives.”





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