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Global Operations

South West Pacific Nations

Operation RENDER SAFE

An Australian Army Forklift carries a World War II era bomb off the beach at Torokina, Bouganiville as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 14.

Operation RENDER SAFE is the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) annual series of operations that aims to safely dispose of World War II-vintage Explosive Remnants of War from South Pacific island nations.

Operation RENDER SAFE 2014 was the largest mission in the series yet undertaken. It involved some 500 personnel and was conducted in the district of Torokina on the west coast of Bougainville. Some 16 tonnes of ordnance was disposed of, which involved the clearing of 109 sites of 2293 ammunition items.

The ADF-led mission involved Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams from Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and Solomon Islands. The operation was conducted at the request of the Autonomous Bougainville Government and with the approval of the Government of Papua New Guinea.

Major ADF assets and platforms assigned to the operation included the amphibious operations ship HMAS Choules, an LCM-8 landing craft and an MRH-90 multirole helicopter.

Driving the success of the operation was the extensive community engagement preparation conduct in the months leading up to the mission to explain to the local population the safety procedures that were used during the operation.