Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
Exclusive
Airbus backs long-haul AIC approach for JP 9102 push:

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

ADF completes illegal fishing patrol mission in Pacific

The Australian Defence Force has completed Operation Solania, a mission to support co-ordinated regional maritime surveillance and patrol operations.

The Australian Defence Force has completed Operation Solania, a mission to support co-ordinated regional maritime surveillance and patrol operations.

A Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan aircraft has provided aerial surveillance support as part of Operation Solania — an ongoing mission to support the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency’s (FFA) efforts to detect illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the south-west Pacific.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The operation, led from the FFA Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre in Honiara, Solomon Islands, aims to detect maritime threats that could lead to law enforcement action and criminal prosecution.

Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton, said Australia’s continued presence in the south-west Pacific and contribution to the operation has demonstrated Defence’s commitment to the region amid growing uncertainty.

“The ADF remains committed to supporting the needs of Pacific island nations,” LTGEN Bilton said.

“COVID-19 has placed greater pressure on the economies of our regional neighbours and it is up to all of us in the region to prevent the theft of oceanic resources.

“Defence has the capability and the capacity to assist our neighbours in supporting their economic prosperity and the security and stability of our region.”

PROMOTED CONTENT

Defence has committed to continuing to work alongside south-west Pacific partners to ensure their maritime-based economies are protected from exploitation by IUU fishing.

Operation Solania forms part of the aerial surveillance component of the Australian government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program, which aims to provide contracted aircraft for the FFA to use up to 365 days a year across 15 Pacific island nations.

[Related: Exercise Malabar kicks off in Indo-Pacific ]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

ADF completes illegal fishing patrol mission in Pacific
ADF-fishing-patrol-Pacific.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

07:10
Leonardo secures AW169M LUH helicopter order
The prime has been awarded a contract to deliver a fleet of the twin-engine helicopters to Austria. ...
Jan 17 2022
Ukrainian government target of large-scale cyber attack
An estimated 70 Ukrainian government websites, including the education, emergencies and foreign affairs ministries, were penetrate...
Jan 17 2022
Philippines bolsters Black Hawk fleet
The Secretary of the Department of National Defense has confirmed that the Filipino government intends to purchase 32 new Black H...