21 January 2022
by Jon Grevatt
Australian Army's Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon automobiles are parked on the Port of Brisbane, able to be loaded onto HMAS
earlier than departure on Operation ‘Tonga Assist 2022'.
(Commonwealth of Australia)
Australia, New Zealand, and Japan have ramped up defence-force operations to help Tonga, which was hit by a devastating tsunami brought on by the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai underwater volcano on 15 January.
On 20 and 21 January the three nations deployed gear together with transport plane, helicopters, naval vessels, navy automobiles, and troops to supply provides and help to the Pacific Island. Aircraft deployments had beforehand been obstructed by massive quantities of volcanic ash and particles on the runway on the Fua'amotu International Airport.
A spokesperson from Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) mentioned that the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) Canberra-class touchdown helicopter dock (LHD) ship HMAS Adelaide was deployed to Tonga from Brisbane on 21 January, and can arrive on the island, which is about 3,300 km away, by “the middle of next week”.
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