Vanuatu aid effort continues with supplies and NZDF personnel delivered in HMNZS CANTERBURY
HMNZS CANTERBURY is in Vanuatu in support of the New Zealand Defence Force relief efforts there following Cyclone Pam. The sealift amphibious support ship arrived in Port Vila on Wednesday 25 March.
CANTERBURY offloaded 150 tonnes of food and other supplies at Port Vila before loading aid including hygiene packs and water purification equipment, destined for Epi Island and others in the Shepherd Islands group about 100 kilometres north of Port Vila. More than 100 Army engineers and other experts were also aboard.
A C-130 Hercules from Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland and a B200 King Air from 42 Squadron in Ohakea are also busy helping in Vanuatu.
Picture: A warm welcome for HMNZS CANTERBURY arriving in Port Vila on March 25.
"Our aim is to really support the people of Vanuatu and now that HMNZS CANTERBURY is here we have the supplies to address immediate needs such as, providing clean water, materials to repair buildings and the ability reassure the local people,” says Commander of the New Zealand Task Force, Colonel Glenn King.
CANTERBURY has two 6 Squadron SH-2G Seasprite helicopters aboard to help distribute the aid.
The ship has an extensive range of capabilities including the ability to land personnel, vehicles and cargo by landing craft, helicopter or ramps, as well as conventional port infrastructure.
She can carry up to 250 people as well as her own crew for long periods, and has played a significant part in previous disaster relief efforts such as the Samoa earthquake and tsunami in 2009 and the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011.
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