General Information

Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion conducts maritime surveillance aircraft patrols off the coast of Solomon Islands as part of Operation SOLANIA.

Operation Solania is the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to maritime surveillance within the Pacific Region.

Operation Solania also supports Operations Kuru Kuru, Big Eye, Island Chief, Tui Moana and Rai Balang, which are coordinated maritime surveillance and patrol operations run by the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), to detect and deter Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing activity.

ADF assets assigned to Operation Solania provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support to the Pacific Islands Countries.

ISR capability provided by the ADF on Operation Solania supports the economic development of Pacific Island Countries through the protection of fisheries and other resources.

Operation Solania supports the policing of the Economic Exclusive Zones of Pacific Island Countries, including operations under the Niue Treaty, which was established in July 1992 to enable cooperation in fisheries surveillance and law enforcement amongst Forum Fisheries Agency member nations.

Operation Solania contributes to a wider multi-national program to provide maritime surveillance support in the Pacific, coordinated by the Quadrilateral Defence Coordinating Group.

Members of the Quadrilateral Defence Coordinating Group are Australia, New Zealand, France and the US.

ADF assets, including AP-3C Orions and Royal Australian Naval Ships are dedicated to Operation Solania tasking periodically.