Filter by
The Military History Society of New South Wales

Operation Anode: Australian Operations, the Solomons 2003-13

Where
Anzac Memorial
Anzac Memorial
Southern end of Hyde Park, Sydney NSW 2000
When

Saturday 3 June 2023 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Cost

Free

Annual Patron's Lecture – Major General the Hon Justice Paul Brereton AM RFD 

Since before Federation, the Bismarck Archipelago and the Solomon Islands have occupied an important place in Australian strategic thinking. On the outbreak of war in 1914, Australia moved swiftly to secure the German possessions in the Bismarck Archipelago through the AN&MEF. In 1942, the ill-fated Lark Force was deployed to defend Rabaul. Following the Japanese seizure of Tulagi and Guadacanal, fierce battles were waged on land, at sea and in the air to recapture the Solomon Islands, Bougainville, and New Britain.

More recently in the 2000s, Australian military forces were deployed to the Solomons for over a decade. After five years of ethnic tensions and a coup in 2000, the Solomons faced serious problems: law and order had broken down, corruption was widespread, the institutions of government had ceased to function, and basic services were not being delivered to the people. In response to a request from the Government of the Solomon Islands in 2003, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) was formed by Pacific nations, led by Australia, to help restore long-term stability and prosperity. The military component, known as Combined Task Force 635, was led by Australia and also comprised of personnel from New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tonga. It was tasked with providing security and support for RAMSI’s multinational Participating Police Force. 

Operation Anode (2003-2013) was the Australian Defence Force contribution to RAMSI. From 2006, Reservists – including troops drawn from the Royal New South Wales Regiment – made a significant contribution.

In this lecture our Patron, Major General the Hon Justice Paul Brereton AM RFD – who when Commander 5th Brigade was responsible for the preparation of two contingents for Operation Anode – will review Australian operations in the Solomons during the period 2003 to 2013, in their historical context, drawing on contemporaneous records and the reflections of some of the commanders.

Contact event organiser

The Military History Society of New South Wales

Advertisement

Other events at Anzac Memorial

Frontline Yoga at the Anzac Memorial

Frontline Yoga at the Anzac Memorial

Australia's first and only National Yoga Program for First Responders, Emergency Services and Military Veterans
Today 5.30pm to 6.30pm
An Artist in the Army: Guy Warren on Bougainville 1944-45

An Artist in the Army: Guy Warren on Bougainville 1944-45

An exhibition showcasing sketches and photographs created by Guy Warren during his military service.
Today 9am to 5pm
Book Fair

Book Fair

The RUSI NSW Ursula Davidson Library is holding a book fair until 1 July 2024
Today 10am to 2am
The Centenary Exhibition

The Centenary Exhibition

The evolution of Australian military service, focusing on the personal stories of NSW service.
Today 9am to 5pm
Daily Service of Remembrance

Daily Service of Remembrance

At 11am each day, the Anzac Memorial pauses for a Service of Remembrance.
Today 11am to 11.05am
Free guided highlights tour: Anzac Memorial

Free guided highlights tour: Anzac Memorial

Discover the personal stories, stunning Art Deco architecture and commemorative symbolism behind the Anzac Memorial.
Tomorrow
Indigneous Veterans Commemoration Service

Indigneous Veterans Commemoration Service

Annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen and Servicewomen Commemoration Service
31 May 2024