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description-1 = C-27J Spartan Loadmaster, Sergeant Daniel Saunders, from 35 Squadron, operates the C-27J Spartan ramp and cargo door at Pohnpei International Airport, Federated States of Micronesia, during Operation Solania. (Credit - Defence)
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description-2 = SGT Saunders searches for vessels off the coast of Pohnpei. ADF assets assigned to Solania provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to Pacific island nations and their operations, which in turn supports the economic development of these countries through the protection of fisheries and other resources.(Credit - Defence)
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description-3 = Reflection of C-27J Spartan Pilot, Flying Officer Oran Harden, from 35 Squadron, in the pilot seat on C-27J Spartan A34-005 at the Pohnpei International Airport. (Credit - Defence)
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description-4 = SGT Saunders, from 35 Squadron, operates the camera off the coast of Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia. (Credit - Defence)
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description-5 = Pilot Officer Alannah Kreidl works on the KA-350 King Air during a maritime sortie off the coast of Chuuk. (Credit - Defence)
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description-6 = Officer Carter Yamaguchi of the Division of Marine Law Enforcement (third from left) with members of the ADF contingent deployed on Operation Solania at Koror International Airport, Republic of Palau. (Credit - Defence)
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description-7 = Fisheries scientist Vanessa Jaiteh of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism boards the C-27J Spartan for a maritime sortie in the Republic of Palau during Operation Solania. (Credit - Defence)
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description-8 = Officer Carter Yamaguchi from the Division of Marine Law Enforcement, scans for vessels off the coast of the Republic of Palau during Operation Solania. (Credit - Defence)
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description-9 = A KA-350 King Air, from 32 Squadron, conducts a maritime sortie near Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia. (Credit - Defence)
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description-10 = Australia is one of 17 members of the FFA, which is this year celebrating its 40th year of strengthening regional fisheries co-operation. Australia supports its work in strengthening regional capacity in fisheries management, compliance and enforcement, including co-ordinating efforts to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. (Credit - Defence)
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description-11 = C-27J Spartan Loadmaster, Corporal Leigh Keioskie, from 35 Squadron, observes during a maritime patrol near Chuuk. (Credit - Defence)
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description-12 = Operation Solania supports the policing of the economic exclusive zones of Pacific island countries, including operations under the Niue Treaty, which was established in July 1992 to enable co-operation in fisheries surveillance and law enforcement among FFA member nations. (Credit - Defence)
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Photo Essay: Operation Solania
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air & sea lift | 23 October 2019 | Louis Dillon
With RAAF personnel returning home from Australia’s latest contribution to Operation Solania, they have brought back some wonderful photography of their efforts as well.
Personnel from RAAF 32 and 35 Squadrons were on hand in the Pacific region, flying C-27J Spartan and KA-350 King Air fixed-wing aircraft in support of regional partners in the area.
Based in Honiara, the team contributed aircraft to regional maritime surveillance missions over the exclusive economic zones of Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.
ADF assets assigned to Solonia provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to Pacific island nations and their operations, which in turn supports the economic development of these countries through the protection of fisheries and other resources.
The operation is co-ordinated by the Quadrilateral Defence Coordinating Group, with other member nations New Zealand, France and the US.
For a look at the ADF’s efforts in contributing to the operation, scroll through the image gallery above.