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Op NEPAL ASSIST 2015

Operation NEPAL ASSIST 2015

Pallets of Australian Aid (blankets, tarpaulins, hygiene kits and water purification tablets) are loaded onto a No. 36 Squadron C-17A Globemaster aircraft in preparation for delivery to Nepal.

Following a devastating earthquake on April 25th 2015, the Australian Defence Force delivered over 13 tonnes of Australian Aid to Nepal and evacuated 106 Australian and other foreign nationals to Thailand.

Using two RAAF C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-supplied aid was flown into Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. Civilian evacuees then boarded the aircraft and were flown out to Bangkok.

The C-17s also carried into Kathmandu five Defence personnel who were then integrated into the staff of the Australian Embassy to assist with the Australian Government response to the disaster.

Defence delivered nearly 15 tonnes of Australian Aid to Kathmandu, and has evacuated 106 Australian and other foreign nationals to Bangkok.

Two RAAF C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft delivered the aid supplied by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on the evening of April 30th, 2015.

Additional DFAT and a small number of Defence personnel will remain at the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu to help integrate the ADF resources into DFAT-led operations.

ADF personnel assisted with the evacuation processing of the civilians, and Defence is prepared to conduct additional evacuation shuttle flights if required.

The Australian aid was delivered in cooperation with Nepalese aviation authorities who have been managing the congested airport in Kathmandu following the earthquake.

Australia stands ready to offer further support to the Government of Nepal.

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