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October 27, 2011
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FRESH WATER will be in supply
on the tiny South Pacific nation of
Tuvalu, thanks to trans-Tasman coop-
A 36SQN C-17A has worked
with a Royal New Zealand Air
Force (RNZAF) C-130H to deliver
a desalinisation unit to Tuvalu's main
Picking up the unit and New
Zealand Defence Force personnel in
Auckland on October 10, the C-17A
flew 2900 kilometres over the Pacific
Tuvalu's airport was too small
to support a C-17A for this task,
meaning a Hercules from RNZAF's
40SQN carried the load over the
remaining 1300 kilometres.
Tuvalu is comprised of a series of
islands, and at 26 square kilometres is
the world's fourth smallest country.
Low rainfall has contributed to
drought conditions for Tuvalu's pop-
ulation of 10,472.
The newly-delivered desalina-
tion unit can produce 50,000 litres of
water a day, and with existing units
will provide the minimum water
requirements on the main island.
An Australian foreign affairs offi-
cial travelled with the desalinisation
plant to monitor its installation and
help assess additional freshwater
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown
praised this latest example of trans-
Tasman cooperation with New
"This most recent humanitarian
assistance activity demonstrates the
close relationship between the New
Zealand and Australian Defence
Forces," AIRMSHL Brown said.
"Our interoperability also demon-
strates how our countries can work
quickly to support humanitarian
assistance activities in the region."
In February and March,
Australian C-17As and C-130s were
used to transport Urban Search and
Rescue workers to Christchurch fol-
lowing that city's earthquake.
In October 2009, Australia and
New Zealand coordinated our respons-
es to an 8.3 magnitude earthquake (and
resultant tsunami) in Samoa.
FLTLT James Gotch is a 36SQN
pilot who was on the latest mercy
flight to Tuvalu, and said the squad-
ron had been training in New
Zealand prior to the task.
"We were in New Zealand as part
of an adverse terrain and low level
training activity, as there's some
challenging airfields and conditions
in the South Island," FLTLT Gotch
"There was low flying of Milford
Sound and some mountain ranges
giving us an appreciation of what the
C-17A can do at low level and judge
how we fly ridge crossings and other
low level flying techniques."
DEFENCE will look into a possible
replacement for the Caribou aircraft,
which was retired in 2009 after 45
years service to Air Force.
Information will be sought on the
price and availability of the C-27J
Spartan battlefield tactical lift aircraft
after the Australian Government
authorised Defence to issue a non-
binding/no-commitment Letter of
Request to the US.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
and Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare announced the move on October
19 as part of the process to find a
replacement for the Caribou under pro-
ject Air 8000 Phase 2.
The project is looking to acquire up
to 10 new aircraft.
Defence analysis has confirmed
that the C-27J Spartan is an aircraft
that could meet Australia's battlefield
tactical airlift capability need.
It is operated by the US Air National
Guard, which has a planned total fleet
of 38 aircraft. However, the acquisition
contract of the US Air National Guard
aircraft is coming to an end, requiring
the letter of request to be sent.
Since the retirement of the
Caribous, Australia has had a military
capability gap of fixed wing battlefield
tactical airlift. The gap has been par-
tially met by the Hercules and King Air
aircraft and Army helicopters.
As well as the Spartan, the govern-
ment will look at other options, includ-
ing the Airbus Military C-295 aircraft.
Defence anticipates receiving a
response to the Letter of Request by
For you, Tuvalu
may be on
OPTION: C-27J Spartan.
Photo courtesy Alenia North America
ANOTHER CONTENDER: C-295.
Photo courtesy Airbus Military
FRESH WATER DELIVERY: Local Tuvalu people watch while a RNZAF Hercules returns to
Apia in Samoa after dropping off supplies and NZDF personnel to the small South Pacific
nation; inset, NZDF medics and engineers aboard a 36SQN C-17A along with supplies from
the Red Cross and large containers to hold water.
Photos: AC Maria Oosterbaan, NZDF
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