The Royal Australian Navy’s Landing Ship Dock, HMAS Choules, under the command of Female Commander Phillipa Hay, has berthed in Port Vila.
HMAS Choules was greeted with a guard of honor as it berthed at the Lapetasi International Wharf yesterday, ready for its six-day operation.
Commander Hay and Captain Scott Houlian were greeted by the Acting Police Commissioner and Commander of the Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF), Colonel Robsen Iavro, senior force members and staff of the Australian High Commission.
Operations begun immediately after the welcome yesterday.
Throughout this week HMAS Choules will be delivering training and technical assistance to VMP and Police Maritime Wing in Port Vila before going to Tanna later this week to commemorate the fourth anniversary of Cyclone Pam.
The visit to Tanna aims to deepen the relationship forged between the people of Tanna and crew of the now decommissioned Australian Navy Ship HMAS Tobruk when she delivered vital relief to the islands after the devastation of cyclone Pam under Operation Pacific Assist.
This is not the first time for HMAS Choules to visit Vanuatu.
It was in Solomon Islands before coming to Port Vila as part of its visit in to enhance engagement in the Pacific.