As part of Operation Render Safe, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has led a multinational team to safely dispose of dangerous explosive remnants of war on the Pacific island of Nauru.
A team of explosive ordnance disposal experts was deployed to Nauru to do a survey of reported World War II explosive remnants of war (ERW), munitions left behind after conflict at risk of detonation, for future disposal.
Invited by the Government of Nauru, the ADF specialists were joined by teams from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, New Zealand Army and United States Marine Corps and worked closely with the local government and police force.
Observers from the United States Army, Republic of Korea Armed Forces and French Armed Forces in New Caledonia were also part of the mission.
The ADF-led contingent also ran education seminars about the hazards of ERW for Nauru government members along with the local police force, fire and emergency services and high school.
“The operation identified 10 explosive remnants of war including six projectiles, one bomb and three fuse systems which will enable us to conduct further planning with Nauru for their safe disposal. This has been a valuable opportunity to work together with Nauruan authorities and our friends from New Zealand, Solomon Islands, the United States, Republic of Korea and New Caledonia, and for our teams to share knowledge while working in support of our Pacific family," said Major General Scott Winter, Commander of ADF Operations in the South West Pacific.
“Explosive remnants of war continue to impact the lives of our Pacific family on a daily basis. I am proud to see our friends in the region coming together for this operation. It is meaningful work which will make a positive impact on families and communities in the region.”
This latest deployment follows the ADF’s support to Nauru in July this year, when Australian Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians disarmed a World War II 500lb Mark 12 bomb.
The ADF will continue to work with the Government of Nauru and key stakeholders to plan for the future disposal of the unexploded ordnance.