Australia and New Zealand responded rapidly when Cyclone Winston struck Fiji on February 20, 2016. First on the scene was the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) offshore patrol vessel Wellington, carrying a survey craft to help locate suitable landing areas for relief teams. It was followed by the Royal Australian Navy landing platform (helicopter) Canberra, and the RNZN multi-role vessel Canterbury, carrying between them six helicopters, and a large quantity of relief supplies.
Winston inflicted huge damage on many of Fiji’s more than 300 islands, and the Fijians needed much help from specialist teams from these vessels to recover from its effects.
- Category: Military, Patrol, Assault & Rescue