CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Australian Military Contribution Overview

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Australian Military Contribution Overview

There is not yet any reporting on the command and control relationships that are tying together the US and its coalition allies in military tsunami relief, but the Australians have a great overview of their own efforts at Operation Tsunami Assist. An excerpt:
ADF personnel and assets contributing to Operation Sumatra Assist include: * Four C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, augmented by a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 attached to the ADF task force, transporting equipment, stores and personnel * Two C-130 Hercules and one Boeing 707 transport aircraft, transporting equipment, stores and personnel between Australia and Indonesia. * One Beech King Air 350 light utility aircraft * Four UH-1H Iroquois helicopters * Water purification plant * Engineering personnel * Logistics/loading personnel * Medical teams and aero-medical evacuation specialists * Field hospital, providing * 55 beds * Surgeons * Intensive care * Resuscitation * X-ray facilities * Pathology * About 350 ADF personnel currently assisting with humanitarian relief efforts
And on the way to assist are:
HMAS Kanimbla, scheduled to depart Darwin on 8 January 2005, carrying equipment and capability including: * Two Sea King helicopters * Two large landing craft (LCM8) * Medical facilities and personnel * Engineering personnel and equipment * Accommodation * Communications * Stores * Self-sustaining floating base


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