Clear­ing the Rem­nants of War

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On De­cem­ber 3, cer­e­monies were held near Ho­niara, Solomon Is­lands to mark the suc­cess­ful completion of this year’s Op­er­a­tion REN­DER SAFE, the bian­nual Aus­tralian-led op­er­a­tion to re­duce the threat of un­ex­ploded Sec­ond World War ord­nance in the South Pa­cific.

Ten mem­bers of the Cana­dian Armed Forces par­tic­i­pated in Op­er­a­tion REN­DER SAFE 2013 in the Solomon Is­lands, along­side more than 200 per­son­nel from the Aus­tralian De­fence Force, New Zealand De­fence Force, U.S. Navy and the Solomon Is­land Con­stab­u­lary. Cana­dian par­tic­i­pa­tion in­cluded four clear­ance divers from the Royal Cana­dian Navy, two Com­bat En­gi­neers from the Cana­dian Army, two spe­cial­ists from the Royal Cana­dian Air Force along with a Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer and a Staff Of­fi­cer who served as the Task Force Com­man­der.

“The Cana­dian Armed Forces have some of the most ca­pa­ble, highly trained, and ex­pe­ri­enced Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Dis­posal teams in the world,” said The Hon. Rob Ni­chol­son, Min­is­ter of Na­tional De­fence. “We can be proud know­ing that their ef­forts in the Solomon Is­lands will save lives for many years to come.”

The Solomon Is­lands saw heavy fight­ing dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, which in­cluded air bom­bard­ment, naval gun­fire sup­port and ar­tillery bar­rages. The Is­lands were later used as sup­port and am­mu­ni­tion bases, and as a re­sult, to this day, a great deal of un­ex­ploded ord­nance still lit­ters many of the is­lands and sur­round­ing waters.

Op­er­a­tion REN­DER SAFE 2013 ran from November 11 un­til De­cem­ber 3, and suc­ceeded in clear­ing more than 12,164 items of un­ex­ploded ord­nance.

Ex­plo­sive ord­nance ready for dis­posal at a Royal Solomon Is­lands Po­lice

Force fa­cil­ity.

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