Two Australian Army Black Hawks and a Navy MRH90 Taipan are joining relief efforts in Vanuata in the wake of Cyclone Pam
A RAAF Boeing C-17 was due to airlift the two Black Hawks to Vanuatu in an effort to boost the availability of tactical transport aircraft serving outlying areas, while the RAN’s amphibious heavy-lift ship HMAS Tobruk, with a crew of 177, was expected to arrive in Vanuatu early this week after sailing from Townsville. The ship will contribute heavy engineering, communications, medical and transport equipment, including an MRH90 helicopter and two landing craft, Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews said on Saturday.
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