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Annual Report 2014–15

Volume 1, Part 2 : Performance

Programme 2.1
Operations Contributing to the Security of the Immediate Neighbourhood

Defence undertakes a variety of operations in order to preserve the security and stability in our region.

Operation Gateway, which occurs up to eight times a year, is an ongoing maritime surveillance operation conducted in the north-eastern Indian Ocean and the South China Sea to contribute to the stability of important sea lanes.

Operation Solania is an ongoing maritime surveillance operation to support Pacific Island countries in fisheries law enforcement in the South-West Pacific. There are up to four AP-3C Orion aircraft deployments per year to the region, to coincide with operations led by the Forum Fisheries Agency, which is based in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Operation Render Safe is an enduring operation to dispose of explosive remnants of war in Pacific island nations. In November 2014, there was a significant operation on Bougainville, which disposed of more than 16 tonnes of explosives.

Operation Pacific Assist was an ADF deployment supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands following Cyclone Pam. A significant Defence contribution included a major Navy ship, a number of Air Force transport and surveillance aircraft, Army rotary wing aircraft, and personnel from the three Services providing a Joint Task Force and heavy engineering support in disaster-affected areas.

Operation Nepal Assist was an ADF deployment supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in Nepal following the earthquake in April 2015. ADF involvement included a strategic airlift of humanitarian aid stores, evacuation of affected Australian and approved foreign nationals and a small team deployed in support of the Australian Embassy.

Table 4.4: Programme 2.1 deliverables

Deliverable

Status

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Key

Met

• • •

Substantially met

• •

Partially met

• •

Not met

• • •

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Operation

Commenced

Objective

Gateway

1981

Conduct northern Indian Ocean and South China Sea maritime surveillance patrols.

Status Met • • •

Solania

1988

Conduct South-West Pacific maritime surveillance patrols.

Status Met • • •

Render Safe

2011

Provide enduring explosive ordnance disposal support to the nations of the South West Pacific.

Status Met • • •

Southern Indian Ocean

2014

Contribute to the search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Status Met • • •

Saville

2014

Provide responses to non-allied foreign military activity in Australia’s maritime approaches.

Status Met • • •

Pacific Assist

2015

Support the whole-of-government contribution to the humanitarian and disaster relief operations as requested by the governments of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

Status Met • • •

Nepal Assist

2015

Support the whole-of-government contribution to the humanitarian and disaster relief operations as requested by the Government of Nepal.

Status Met • • •

Table 4.5: Programme 2.1 key performance indicators

Key performance indicator

Status

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Key

Met

• • •

Substantially met

• •

Partially met

• •

Not met

• • •

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ADF operations meet their stated objective within the Government’s guidance.

Status Met • • •

ADF forces are effectively deployed and sustained.

Status Met • • •

ADF forces are withdrawn for reconstitution when they are no longer required.

Status Met • • •