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RAAF C-130 transports aid to Indonesia for earthquake and tsunami relief

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 5, 2018
Royal Australian Air Force No. 23 Squadron Air Load Team members and a No. 36 Squadron loadmaster position a pallet of Australian humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies bound for Indonesia onto a Royal Australian Air Force No. 36 Squadron C-17A Globemaster aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland. (Defence)

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has delivered the first package of humanitarian aid to Indonesia as part of the Australian government’s response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck in late September.

Australia has pledged $5.5 million in aid to support the Indonesian government’s relief efforts on the island of Sulawesi, where more than 1,000 people died and tens of thousands are without homes following the natural disaster.

The aid, containing household goods such as kitchen items, bed nets, blankets and sleeping mats, was sent to Indonesia on board a C-130J Hercules that took off from RAAF Base Darwin on Thursday.

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Other items included tools to build shelter, as well as hygiene and birthing kits.

Foreign Minister Senator Marise Payne said that with more than 70,000 people displaced, the supplies would provide critical relief.

“Australia will deliver more supplies in the coming days. We will continue to work closely with the Indonesian Government to help people affected by this tragedy,” Senator Payne said in a statement on Thursday.

A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft on the tarmac at RAAF Base Darwin prior to flying to Indonesia to deliver humanitarian aid. (Defence)
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft on the tarmac at RAAF Base Darwin prior to flying to Indonesia to deliver humanitarian aid. (Defence)
Royal Australian Air Force No. 23 Squadron Air Load Team member loads Australian humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies bound for Indonesia onto a Royal Australian Air Force No. 36 Squadron C-17A Globemaster aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland. (Defence)
Royal Australian Air Force No. 23 Squadron Air Load Team member loads Australian humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies bound for Indonesia onto a Royal Australian Air Force No. 36 Squadron C-17A Globemaster aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland. (Defence)
Humanitarian aid is loaded onto a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules at RAAF Base Darwin. (Defence)
Humanitarian aid is loaded onto the C-130J Hercules. (Defence)
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Crisis Response Team and Royal Australian Air Force personnel supervise palettes of humanitarian aid being loaded onto a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules at RAAF Base Darwin, destined for Indonesia. (Defence)
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and RAAF personnel supervise palettes of humanitarian aid being loaded. (Defence)
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules in transit to Balikpapan, Indonesia, to deliver humanitarian aid. (Defence)
In transit to Balikpapan, Indonesia. (Defence)
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules on approach to Balikpapan Airport, to deliver humanitarian aid to Indonesia. (Defence)
On approach to Balikpapan Airport. (Defence)
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft is unloaded of humanitarian aid cargo by hand in Balikpapan, Indonesia. (Defence)
Aid being unloaded from the RAAF C-130J Hercules by hand in Balikpapan. (Defence)

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RAAF C-130 transports aid to Indonesia for earthquake and tsunami relief Comment

  • Good on ya RAAF. You always do Australia’s name well. I did my stint at the Banda Aceh tsunami in 04-05 filming for the UN and you guys and gals presented us admirably.

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