Operation RENDER SAFE

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Operation RENDER SAFE aims to clear explosive remnants of war from the Solomon Islands. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) normally takes part every two years. The operation is led by the Australian Defence Force (ADF), with help from other countries. The CAF has contributed since 2013.

This operation aims to:

  • reduce the hazards of explosive remnants of war to local people;
  • prevent disreputable groups from getting these explosives; and
  • improve the skills of local police and defence forces in disposing of explosives.

Attention: Update

There are currently no CAF members or assets on Operation RENDER SAFE. The operation is not conducted year-round.  It runs for a period of a few weeks after each launch.

Mission context

The Solomon Islands saw heavy fighting during World War II at sea, on land, and from the air. The islands were also used as a support and ammunition base. As a result, explosives still remain there as a danger today.

Past deployments

2016

Operation RENDER SAFE 2016

Operation RENDER SAFE 2016 ran from September 7 to October 7. It took place on Guadalcanal Island and in the Russell Islands. About 200 personnel from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, and the United Kingdom took part. There was a Canadian group of about 18 CAF members.

In total, the task force cleared 2,584 explosives weighing more than 18 tonnes. Of those, the CAF cleared 747 explosives weighing more than three tonnes.

2014

Operation RENDER SAFE 2014

A team of 13 CAF members took part in Operation RENDER SAFE 2014. They were there from October 7 to November 21.

The operation was run in the autonomous region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. About 500 personnel took part. They came from Australia, Bougainville, Canada, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

CAF members were divided into two explosive disposal teams. They worked on land under the Australian-led effort.  The two teams cleared 18 explosive-remnants sites out of 110 that were cleared overall.

2013

Operation RENDER SAFE 2013

A team of nine CAF members participated in Operation RENDER SAFE 2013. They were there between October 29 and December 7.

About 200 personnel took part. They were from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the Royal Solomon Islands.

CAF members were divided into two teams:

  • Clearance divers from the Royal Canadian Navy. They operated near the Russell Islands with an underwater explosive disposal team; and
  • Combat engineers from the Canadian Army and specialists from the Royal Canadian Air Force. They joined a land explosive disposal team, which focused on the tropical island of Guadalcanal.
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