Ships Survey Bougainville Waters

Two Royal Australian Navy ships will today commence hydrographical surveys of Autonomous Region of Bougainville waters between Buka and Torokina to support Operation Render Safe 2014.

The Royal Australian Navy ships HMAS BENALLA and HMAS SHEPPARTON will arrive in Torokina today.


They will sail up and down the coast line to chart the depths of the water, mark any underwater obstructions and determine suitable anchorage points for ships involved in Operation Render Safe.


Operation Render Safe, conducted by the Australian Defence Force on behalf of the Australian Government, is a regional program to remove unexploded bombs, weapons and ammunition remaining from World War 2.


The Australian Government is conducting Operation Render Safe in Torokina in 2014 at the request of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG).


The ships will also travel to Kimbe, West New Britain, and Gizo, Solomon Islands during this time to refuel before continuing survey operations.


The survey information would be shared with the PNG National Maritime Safety Authority and the Autonomous Bougainville Government, to provide accurate charts of Autonomous Region of Bougainville waters.

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