The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will come to a close on 30 June 2017 after nearly 14 years of assistance provided to the Solomon Islands Government.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, acknowledged the significant Defence contribution to RAMSI.
“The outstanding success of RAMSI reflects the enduring commitment of Australia and its regional partners in working together to assist the people of the Solomon Islands,” Minister Payne said.
“As an Australian-led mission, RAMSI included assistance from 15 nations and supported the rebuilding of peace and stability in the Solomon Islands.
“The Defence contribution to RAMSI under Operation ANODE has been significant with more than 7,000 Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and Defence civilians deployed to the Solomon Islands with rotations of Defence Force personnel from Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.”
After a successful 10 year ADF commitment, RAMSI transitioned to a policing-only mission in July 2013.
To mark the successful end to RAMSI, the Solomon Islands Government hosted end of mission and farewell activities in Honiara this week, culminating in today’s Closing Ceremony attended by Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN.
Minister Payne said Australia will maintain its enduring commitment of assistance and support to the security and stability of Solomon Islands with ongoing support in policing and governance.
“This support complements the Defence Cooperation Program, which provides focussed support in maritime security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, capacity building and explosive ordnance disposal,” Minister Payne said.
“RAMSI is widely recognised as a very successful demonstration of regional stabilisation, and an excellent example of Pacific cooperation.”