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Inquiry into recognition for Defence Force personnel who served
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Defence Force personnel who ser ved as peacekeeper s f rom 1947 to the present.
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14 WORLD NEWS
Army November 26, 2009
IT’S dank, it’s humid, despite a clearing
tropical rain, and Saturday night in down-
town Honiara is a happening place.
Small, randomly collected market
stalls crowd any available space along the
roadsides selling beetle nut and cigarettes
around the clock and operate now in the
dim light of kerosene lanterns.
Any movement beyond changing posi-
tions in the seat of the IIMV produces a
layer of sweat only marginally eased by the
now light rain and the location of Honiara’s
main drag on the coastline of Guadalcanal.
Australian soldiers from Rotation 19
of Operation Anode pile off the IIMV at
Solomon Islands Central Police Station in a
now familiar routine.
Together with Participating Police
Force (PPF) officers they wait for a Royal
Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF)
member before heading back on to
The mission is for soldiers and PPF
officers to back up the routine RSIPF
patrols, who have been disarmed since the
The soldiers have been on the ‘X -ray’
patrol since 3pm and the only angry mob
encountered so far is the departing fans of
the losing soccer team at Lawson Tama
“There is a much bigger RSIPF presence
here now,” says LCpl Jeffrey Hanan, back-
ing up his 2007 Op Anode deployment.
“They are doing their job and the pres-
ence is a lot bigger than it was.
“In 2007 there was a lot more drunken
activity and, while my section didn’t see
much of it, there were a lot more targeted
operations against armed criminals – but
that work has been done.
“We just assist them and back them up
if there is something they can’t deal with
The success of RAMSI is almost uni-
versally acclaimed. A recent survey showed
97 per cent of Solomon Islanders support
RAMSI and want it to remain in place.
The RAMSI emphasis in Solomon
Islands is on support and capacity building
to the Government, and as the X-ray patrol
rolls onto its first stop at White River there
is no better example of that in action.
In a recent RSIPF operation, homemade
market stalls that had encroached onto
the road were moved at the request of the
The RSIPF planned the police work and
took the lead in the operation while
RAMSI had a wholly supporting role.
Meanwhile, the X-ray patrol con-
tinues. During the course of the next
four hours the patrol stops frequently
and attends minor road accidents, small
fights and foot patrols in back streets
It’s a case of no news is good news.
LCpl Hanan says the 2009 situation
at least allows the platoon to focus on an
increased training load, which is always
an important goal for reservists.
“ I ’m an accountant and the period
I’ve been away is the busy season work
and I would have just been working
10- to 12-hour days five days straight,”
“It’s probably nice to be away from
that – it’s actually very good to be away
Routine patrols between soldiers and police help ensure all is peaceful in Honiara, WO2 Graham McBean reports.
Checks in place: Cpl
and Royal Solomon
Islands Police officer
Agnes Aihunu report
in at Haha Police
All smiles: LCpl
Jeffrey Hanan and
Police Force officer
1st Constable Freda
Singur share a joke
before heading out on
an patrol in Honiara
Street beat: Pte
Robert Slavin (left),
Police Force officer
Freda Singur, Pte
Marcus Giffen, Cpl
and Pte Warwick
Matthews on a
foot patrol through
WO2 Graham McBean
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