With High-Tech Counsel, Humanitarian Aid Australia Assists Tonga

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Australian RAAF Pilots in the cockpit of a C-17A Globemaster III, as they prepare to land at Fua’amotu International Airport, Tonga.
Australian RAAF Pilots in the cockpit of a C-17A Globemaster III, as they prepare to land at Fua’amotu International Airport, Tonga. (ADF)

Following the underwater volcanic eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, the Australian army and civil services personnel have delivered dozens of tonnes of Australian aid.


When Australians celebrated Australia Day, another C-17A Globemaster III with seven, that is maximum amount of pallets of humanitarian aid and two pieces of few tonnes of heavy equipment for Tonga's rescue workers on board, landed at Fua’amotu International Airport, Tonga.

Australia in cooperation with U.S., U.K., Japan and New Zealand has landed few dozens of such flights. And more such flights scheduled in coming days.

Real-time mapping from the Australia’s Air Warfare Centre has provided crucial information for the Tongan Government to better assess their response following the January 15 volcanic eruption.

After the submarine volcano in Tonga, the Air Warfare Centre’s No.83 Squadron analysed images and data after two No.11 Squadron’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft flew overflew Tonga to help determine the extent of the damage.  

Leading Aircraftman Bradley Bleeker was one of No. 83 Squadron's analysts who reviewed the imagery.

They key role of the Centre was to assess the damage to critical infrastructure and several of Tonga's remote settlements.

 


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