Solomon Islands: 12 law enforcement officers graduate from course on handling explosives

Twelve law enforcement officers, including regional police forces and defence, graduated from the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) level 1 course at Hells Point in Honiara recently. The graduates, consisting of four officers from the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Read More …

Australia: Clearance divers put to the test

The robot’s video feed showed an innocuous-looking cardboard box, but from intelligence gathered, Chief Petty Officer Thomas Buchanan knew it was time to put on a bomb suit. Earlier that day, the Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task Group headquarters Read More …

Australia: Nations combine on mine warfare activity

The Royal Australian Navy has laid sea mines for the first time in nearly 50 years during Exercise Dugong. The mine warfare and clearance diving activity, from March 4-22, was designed to test a combined force from Australia, New Zealand Read More …

Papua New Guinea: At least 64 killed in ‘largest’ tribal clashes in the northern highlands

At least 64 people have been killed in tribal violence in the northern highlands of Papua New Guinea, according to media reports, with one police officer describing the killings as the “largest” in the Pacific nation’s recent history. The Post-Courier Read More …

Fiji: 24 RFMF military personnel to attend explosive training

In a collaborative effort between the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, 24 military personnel are set to participate in an International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) course organised by the Read More …

Papua New Guinea: At least 15 dead after major rioting and looting

A state of emergency has been declared in Papua New Guinea’s capital after at least 15 people were killed in rioting. More than 1,000 troops are on standby “to step in wherever necessary”, Prime Minister James Marape said on Thursday. Read More …

Cambodia: 14-nation ‘Pure Homeland’ mine drill concludes

Cambodia concluded the first international humanitarian mine action exercise themed “Pure Homeland 2023” conducted within the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers-Plus on Friday. The first-of-its-kind multinational exercise, that began on September 13 at the Multinational Peacekeeping Force Training School Read More …

Two Nauru police officers graduate under RSIPF-EOD on IMAS level one in Honiara

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit has graduated two Nauru Police officers on International Mine Action Standard (IMAS) level one. The graduation happened today (11 November 2022) after four weeks of intensive training at Read More …