The Australian Defence Force (ADF), partnering with an Australian group of civilian volunteers, has delivered 1500 life jackets, 20 rescue boards and other surf lifesaving equipment to budding ‘Nippers’ on the island of Phuket, Thailand.
In an unusual display of the ADF’s amphibious capability, the gifts were driven onto Patong Beach by a landing vehicle from HMAS Canberra and offloaded by ADF members, who went on to help with the Surf Carnival.
The Australian-run Phuket Lifeguard Club has now trained approximately 4000 local children in beach safety. The club regularly has Australian and international surf rescue volunteers developing and reinforcing best practices.
The visit to Thailand by the ADF is part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019.
Held from March to May, the activity has seen more than 1,200 Australian Defence Force personnel, four ships and maritime patrol aircraft visit Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.
A major regional engagement activity for the ADF, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 delivers on the promise of the 2016 Defence White Paper to strengthen Australia’s engagement and partnerships with regional security forces.