From: Royal Australian Air Force News Feed
Sent: Thu 5/12/2013 4:06 PM

Render Safe gets results

Operation Render Safe, the ADF’s explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) mission in Solomon Islands, is delivering significant results.

The operation comprises a task force of more than 150 EOD specialists and support staff from the ADF, New Zealand Defence Force, Canadian Armed Forces, the US Navy and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF).

So far more than 1600 items of unexploded World War II ordnance, including grenades, mortars and high-explosive shells, have been identified and safely cleared away from a number of sites around Honiara. The Combined Joint Task Force Commander (CMDR) Doug Griffiths, said he was pleased with the achievements. “We have Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and Americans working together really well out in the field with the RSIPF, and the results speak for themselves,” CMDR Griffiths said. “In one site alone, near Honiara International Airport, we cleared more than 900 items before lunchtime in a single day. These pieces included a range of US, Japanese and even French ordnance taken away for safe disposal at Hell’s Point, the RSIPF EOD facility.”

CMDR Griffiths said local knowledge, combined with a well-integrated international task force, had been the key to the successful results. “Our force integration training, combined with months of planning with the RSIPF, is now paying dividends,” he said. “I expect to see these figures translate into significantly safer local communities over the course of this operation.” While many of the Render Safe activities in Solomon Islands have taken place in and around Honiara, communities in other parts of the country have not been forgotten.

Read the full story in the latest edition of Air Force News.

For more Operation Render Safe images see here.