Solomon Islands - June 2000
The ADF's contribution to the evacuation of Australians and other nationals from the Solomon Islands following the June 2000 coup in Honiara.
4 RAR (Cdo) was directed by the Australian Government to provide special operations support to Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) in the Solomon Islands. The options ranged in scale but eventually took the shape of a small protection / security footprint. While this did not prove to be a large deployment for the unit, it did highlight the unit’s operational preparedness, quick reaction, and the Government’s desire to employ it.