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Support supplies delivered to Solomon Islands

Australia will provide a landing craft to Tonga, one developed by Forgacs shipbuilders"

Australian defence forces are constantly supporting the Solomon Islands, sending ships to deliver necessary supplies, aircraft to assist during natural disasters and education programs for children.

Two Royal Australian Navy landing craft have recently completed another supply mission, landing in remote communities to distribute education material, medical provisions and flood relief supplies. The two craft departed the capital of the Solomon Islands, Honiara, heading to different regions.

HMAS Labuan proceeded north and east to Tulaghi and Auki, while Tarakan departed south for the Weather Coast on Guadalcanal. These two ships are extremely capable, able to deliver supplies directly to these communities without trouble.

"Some communities are incredibly remote and mountainous with no roads or established port facilities, so the only way to get supplies in is either by small boat or helicopter. Our shallow draft and large cargo capacity was perfect," said Lieutenant James Carroll, the commanding officer of Tarakan.

"Some regions had not received stores since a tropical low in February caused flooding - we were very pleased to assist."

In this instance, the supplies were provided by the Solomon Islands Government, as well as non-government organisations.

The two vessels have now returned to Cairns, following an extensive number of operations over the past year. They've been dispatched to regional Queensland, areas in the South Pacific and the waters off New Caledonia to participate in a disaster response exercise.

Australian landing craft will likely continue to prove essential in multi-role efforts over the next few years.

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