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