Australien — HMAS KANIMBLA arrives in Samoa

The Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy has arrived in Apia Samoa, car­ry­ing two fire trucks donat­ed by the Mel­bourne Met­ro­pol­i­tan Fire Brigade. The vehi­cles are a gift to the Samoan Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Author­i­ty.

Landing Platform Amphibious ship HMAS KANIMBLA
HMAS Kan­im­bla fore­cas­tle at ‘pro­ce­dure alpha’ as the ship arrives in Apia, Samoa.
Source: Aus­tralian Depart­ment of Defence
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They arrived on board the Land­ing Plat­form Amphibi­ous ship HMAS KANIMBLA.

It’s the sec­ond time that Navy had sent human­i­tar­i­an aid to Samoa, fol­low­ing an 8.3 mag­ni­tude earth­quake and dev­as­tat­ing tsuna­mi that struck the region on 30 Sep­tem­ber 2009.

Before leav­ing Syd­ney a week ago, Com­mand­ing Offi­cer HMAS KANIMBLA, Com­man­der Tim­o­thy Byles said he was pleased to be able to sup­port the ongo­ing rela­tion­ship between the Mel­bourne Met­ro­pol­i­tan Fire Brigade and the Samoa Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vice Author­i­ty.

“I know the deliv­ery of these fire trucks will be of great assis­tance to the local com­mu­ni­ties,” Com­man­der Byles said.

“As luck would have it Kan­im­bla had a planned vis­it to Samoa in any event, so Navy is able to trans­port these trucks with­out addi­tion­al cost.”

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