Solomon Islands

The Australian led Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) aim was to assist the Solomon Island Government to restore Law and Order. The countries assisting were Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tonga. There were 110 soldiers from 1 RAR that were deployed to the region to ensure the security and success of the mission.

Lt Col Andy Galaway, Commanding Officer 1 RAR
20 – 4 – 2006

D Coy emplaning for the Solomon Islands
19 – 4 – 2006

10 Platoon checking their gear before emplaning for the Solomon Islands
19 – 4- -2006

Pte Richard Allen checks his equipment
20 – 4 – 2006

L/Cpl Daniel Breeze meets with the local police
20 – 4 – 2006

Pte David Mead patrols through the ruins of China Town
22 – 4 – 2006

Cpl Glen Keleher surveys the damage in Honiara
22 – 4 – 2006

Pte Lawrence Brown 10 platoon
22 – 4 – 2006

Pte Daniel Webb checks the ruins of China Town, Honiara
22 – 4 – 2006

Chaplin Brooks at the ANZAC Service

The CO Lt Col Gallaway

ANZAC Day Service
25 – 4 – 2006

ANZAC Day Two-up game
25 – 4 – 2006

Security patrols 26 – 4 – 2006

Security patrols in the hills 26 – 4 – 2006

Pte James Breckell makes friends
26 – 4 – 2006

Pte Chris Bolton meets the people
26 – 4 – 2006

Australian soldiers destroy weapons in the football stadium at Honiara in the Solomon Islands. A gun amnesty resulted in 3730 weapons being handed in to authorities and over 300,000 rounds of ammunition. The soldiers are part of the Australian Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

11 Pl D Coy Operation ANODE - Solomon Islands

11 Pl D Coy Operation ANODE – Solomon Islands

Photos by Tim Page

 2004 – 2005

The Australian Army deployed a rapid response force of approximately 100 personnel to the Solomon Islands after the fatal attack on an Australian Federal Police Officer. The force is to reinforce the military component of RAMSI and will assist in restoring law and order. The force from 1 RAR, based in Townsville, was deployed on the 23rd December 2004 and returned to Australia on 23rd January 2005 when replaced by soldiers from 3 RAR.

A Coy at RAAF “Garbutt”

Ready Response

Private Chris Harris and Private Kris Buck

Corporal Damien Chin

Prepared

Ready to go

Private James Kent

Private Shaun Dwyer

Private Arron Peterson

Lieutenant Simon Sullivan, Platoon Commander 2 Platoon

Alpha Company 1RAR

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Fields

 Dept of Defence