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15 January 2005
Imagery from Operation Sumatra Assist

The amphibious transport ship HMAS Kanimbla is part of the Indonesian-led operation to help rebuild Banda Aceh, which was one of the areas worst hit by the Boxing Day tsunamis. The ship will remain off the coast, providing a support base for Australian Defence Force personnel, throughout Operation Sumatra Assist.

Relief assistance provided by Australia is part of a co-operative effort involving the Department of Defence, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (AusAID), and Emergency Management Australia. Water, tentage, medical supplies, blankets and other emergency provisions, and logistical support have been provided. In the tsunami-devastated provincial capital of Banda Aceh, the ADF have set up a water purification plant and have established the Anzac Field Hospital, a field hospital operated jointly by medical personnel of the ADF and the New Zealand Defence Force.

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Lieutenant Fenn Kemp, a Royal Australian Navy Reserve public relations officer assigned to Operation Sumatra Assist, transits to Banda Aceh on a landing craft from HMAS Kanimbla.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Australian Army Marine Specialist, Private Richard Lovell, on a Landing Craft Medium 8 (LCM8) prepares to land in Banda Aceh, during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Navy Hydrographers, Lieutenant Commander Darryn Mullins, Petty Officer Hydrographic Systems Manager (POHSM) Darryl Harper, and Able Seaman Hydrographic systems Operator (ABHSO) Adam Henry, survey the channel of Banjir Kanal Krueng Aceh (river), to ensure safe navigation of landing craft during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Navy Hydrographers, Lieutenant Commander Darryn Mullins, Petty Officer Hydrographic Systems Manager (POHSM) Darryl Harper, and Able Seaman Hydrographic systems Operator (ABHSO) Adam Henry, survey the channel of Banjir Kanal Krueng Aceh (river), to ensure safe navigation of landing craft during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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A Sea King helicopter from HMAS Kanimbla transports trailers and equipment to Banda Aceh, in support of Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Australian Army Engineers use their earthmovers to construct a beach landing site at Banda Aceh, Indonesia, for equipment and supplies during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Australian Army Engineers prepare to lay portable track over a beach landing site to enable heavy equipment to move over soft ground.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Australian Army Engineers land heavy earthmoving equipment at Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in support of tsunami relief and reconstruction operations.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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A beach landing site constructed at Banda Aceh, Indonesia, to put equipment and stores ashore by landing craft from HMAS Kanimbla.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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HMAS Kanimbla anchored off Banda Aceh, Indonesia, during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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HMAS Kanimbla anchored off Banda Aceh, Indonesia, during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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An Australian Army Landing Craft Medium (LCM8) in transit to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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An Australian Army Landing Craft Medium (LCM8) in transit to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, from HMAS Kanimbla during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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An Australian Army Landing Craft Medium (LCM8) in transit to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, carrying equipment and supplies ashore during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Navy Hydrographers survey the channel of Banjir Kanal Krueng Aceh (river), at Banda Aceh, Indonesia, to guide landing craft from HMAS Kanimbla during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Navy Hydrographers, Lieutenant Commander Darryn Mullins, Petty Officer Hydrographic Systems Manager (POHSM) Darryl Harper, and Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator (ABHSO) Adam Henry, survey the channel in Banjir Kanal Krueng Aceh (river), to guide landing craft from HMAS Kanimbla, during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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The coastline of Banda Aceh from an Landing Craft Medium (LCM8). In the background is part of the survey team guiding the vessel to its landing point during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Australian Army Landing Craft Medium 8 (LCM8) prepares to beach at Banda Aceh, Indonesia, to land one Combat Engineering Regiment equipment in support of tsunami relief and reconstruction.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Australian Army Engineers take equipment ashore at Banda Aceh from a Landing Craft Medium 8 (LCM8) to support tsunami relief and reconstruction operations.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Australian Army Engineers take equipment ashore at Banda Aceh from a Landing Craft Medium 8 (LCM8) to support tsunami relief and reconstruction operations.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Australian Army Engineers take their equipment ashore to support tsunami relief and reconstruction at Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Australian Army Engineers take equipment ashore at Banda Aceh from a Landing Craft Medium 8 (LCM8) to support tsunami relief and reconstruction operations.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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HMAS Kanimbla at anchor off the coastline of Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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A landing craft (LCM8) from HMAS Kanimbla beaches at Banda Aceh, delivering Australian Army Engineers equipment for tsunami relief and reconstruction operations.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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An Australian soldier inspects earthquake and tsunami damage to a causeway near Banda Aceh. HMAS Kanimbla is at anchor in the distance.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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A Landing Craft Medium 8 (LCM8) beaches at Banda Aceh, with Australian Army Engineers equipment to support tsunami relief and reconstruction.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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A Sea King helicopter from HMAS Kanimbla flies overhead, as Australian Army Engineers with earthmoving equipment clear a landing site on the coast of Banda Aceh during Operation Sumatra Assist.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Australian Army Engineers and earthmoving equipment landed from HMAS Kanimbla clear a site for the landing of more vehicles and supplies to support tsunami relief and reconstruction operations.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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Australian Army Engineers and earthmoving equipment landed from HMAS Kanimbla clear a site for the landing of more vehicles and supplies to support tsunami relief and reconstruction operations.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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An Australian Army LCM8 landing craft travels up the canal of Banda Aceh to drop off heavy machinery to be used in the cleanup of the devastated town.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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An LCM8 landing craft deploys Australian Army engineering equipment on the shore of Banda Aceh to be used in the cleanup of the devastated town.
(Date taken: 14 January 2005)
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