An Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan against illegal fishing in the Pacific

A Royal Australian Air Force Leonardo C-27J Spartan Biturbohlice aircraft provided intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on Operation Solania in support of the FFA (Forum Fisheries Agency), which coordinates maritime surveillance in the Southeast Pacific and exposes potential threats to police and judicial action at.

The operation was led by the FAA Regional Fisheries Surveillance Center in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Solania complements the air surveillance component of the Australian Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program, which provides aircraft that are chartered 365 days a year by the FFA in the fifteen Pacific island nations.

Lt. Gen. Greg Bilton said that Australia’s continued presence in the Southeast Pacific and its contribution to preventing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has underscored his nation’s support for the region. for an uncertain time. The ADF (Australian Defense Force). COVID-19 has put great pressure on our neighbors’ economies, and it is up to all of us in the region to prevent the theft of marine resources. Defense has the ability and power to help our neighbors and support their economic prosperity and the security and stability of our region, he said. Australia will continue to work with its South Pacific partners to ensure that its marine economies are protected from the exploitation of IUU fishing.

Photos: Interior of the C-27J during Operation Solania.

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