Australia — Solomon Islands Rotation 23 draws to a close

Approx­i­mate­ly 80 Aus­tralian Reservist sol­diers have returned to their homes in South Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia after four months sup­port to the Region­al Assis­tance Mis­sion to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) as part of the Aus­tralian Defence Force’s Oper­a­tion ANODE.

Rota­tion 23 to Com­bined Task Force (CTF) 635 pri­mar­i­ly com­prised Reservists from 10th/27th Bat­tal­ion Roy­al South Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment and 12th/40th Bat­tal­ion Roy­al Tas­man­ian Regiment. 

Dur­ing Rota­tion 23, Aus­tralian dig­gers worked along­side sol­diers from New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Ton­ga to sup­port RAMSI

Com­man­der CTF 635, Lieu­tenant Colonel Paul Land­ford, said the troops deployed to Honiara and east­ern Guadal­canal to assist the Par­tic­i­pat­ing Police Force work­ing with local Roy­al Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to main­tain law and order in those areas and that the oper­a­tion has been very successful. 

“The RSIPF is the lead agency for secu­ri­ty and is increas­ing­ly tak­ing the lead in secu­ri­ty arrange­ments and tak­ing on more respon­si­bil­i­ty,” Lieu­tenant Colonel Land­ford said. 

“This progress should pro­vide the foun­da­tion for con­tin­ued stability.” 

Under a recent change, the cur­rent CTF rota­tion has no longer been required to pro­vide a dis­tinct secu­ri­ty pres­ence in the com­mu­ni­ty. This has allowed them to par­tic­i­pate in more civ­il-mil­i­tary type patrols, which have enabled them to trav­el to more iso­lat­ed com­mu­ni­ties and out­ly­ing islands. 

Rota­tion 23 will be replaced by mem­bers of the 13th Brigade from West­ern Aus­tralia as part of Rota­tion 24. 

A Home­com­ing Parade will be held for Rota­tion 23 today at Keswick Bar­racks, South Australia. 

RAMSI’s mis­sion is to assist the Solomon Islands gov­ern­ment in the main­te­nance of secu­ri­ty, law and jus­tice, eco­nom­ic gov­er­nance and improv­ing the machin­ery of government. 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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