Operation Quickstep

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Operation Quickstep was the name given to the deployment of military resources by the Australian Defence Force during the leadup to the 2006 Fijian coup d'état on 4–5 December 2006, during which the Fijian military took control of the Fijian government which, at the time, was led by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.wikipedia
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2006 Fijian coup d'état

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Operation Quickstep was the name given to the deployment of military resources by the Australian Defence Force during the leadup to the 2006 Fijian coup d'état on 4–5 December 2006, during which the Fijian military took control of the Fijian government which, at the time, was led by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.
Two Australian soldiers died in a Blackhawk helicopter crash after Australia moved three warships to waters near Fiji in case evacuation of foreign nationals became necessary.

HMAS Newcastle (FFG 06)

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HMAS Newcastle was the first ship to arrive on station, having departed Sydney on 1 November.
At the start of November 2006, Newcastle was one of three Australian warships sent to Fiji during the leadup to the 2006 coup d'état by Fijian military forces against Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

HMAS Kanimbla (L 51)

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HMAS Kanimbla departed two days later, after taking on additional equipment and personnel.
At the start of November 2006, Kanimbla, and sailed to Fiji as part of Operation Quickstep, the ADF response to threats of a coup d'état by Fijian military forces.

Special Air Service Regiment

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Meanwhile, following tensions in Fiji between the military and the government the Australian Government dispatched three naval vessels in November and December 2006 as part of Operation Quickstep, in preparation for a potential evacuation of Australian citizens.

Lockheed AP-3C Orion

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A single AP-3C was also deployed to Pago Pago in American Samoa during November and December 2006 to support the Australian force deployed off Fiji in response to the 2006 Fijian coup d'état.

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Operation Quickstep was the name given to the deployment of military resources by the Australian Defence Force during the leadup to the 2006 Fijian coup d'état on 4–5 December 2006, during which the Fijian military took control of the Fijian government which, at the time, was led by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces

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Operation Quickstep was the name given to the deployment of military resources by the Australian Defence Force during the leadup to the 2006 Fijian coup d'état on 4–5 December 2006, during which the Fijian military took control of the Fijian government which, at the time, was led by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

Prime Minister of Fiji

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Operation Quickstep was the name given to the deployment of military resources by the Australian Defence Force during the leadup to the 2006 Fijian coup d'état on 4–5 December 2006, during which the Fijian military took control of the Fijian government which, at the time, was led by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

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Operation Quickstep was the name given to the deployment of military resources by the Australian Defence Force during the leadup to the 2006 Fijian coup d'état on 4–5 December 2006, during which the Fijian military took control of the Fijian government which, at the time, was led by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

Royal Australian Navy

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Three ships of the Royal Australian Navy were deployed to the South-west Pacific, taking up station in international waters near Fiji, while several military transport aircraft were kept on standby. Approximately 800 personnel were mobilised as part of the operation, primarily from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force.

2005–06 Fijian political crisis

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Following tensions in Fiji between the military and the government throughout 2005–2006, the Australian Government dispatched three naval vessels to international waters off Fiji, in preparation for a potential evacuation of Australians.

HMAS Success (OR 304)

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HMAS Success joined the two ships later, arriving on or before 24 November.

Sikorsky S-70

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On 29 November 2006, a S-70 Blackhawk operating from Kanimbla crashed while attempting to land on the ship's deck, falling overboard and sinking in 3000 m of water.

DMS Maritime

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On 6 March 2007, the Minister for Defence, Brendan Nelson, announced that the Defence Maritime Services vessel MV Seahorse Standard had recovered Porter's body from a depth of approximately 2900 m.

Australian Army

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Approximately 800 personnel were mobilised as part of the operation, primarily from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force.

Royal Australian Air Force

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Approximately 800 personnel were mobilised as part of the operation, primarily from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force.

Kanimbla-class landing platform amphibious

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Between them, the two ships have deployed to the Solomon Islands in 2000–01, Vanuatu in 2001, and participated in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the Australian response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the Australian deployment to East Timor following the 2006 political crisis, and Operation Quickstep off Fiji.

Index of Fiji-related articles

Sir George O'BRIEN - Terry O'DONNELL - Ochetellus sororis - Office of International Treasury Control (OITC) - Ogea Driki - Ogea Levu - Aisake Ó HAILPÍN - Seán Óg Ó HAILPÍN - Setanta Ó HAILPÍN - Teu Ó HAILPÍN - Oinafa - Olorua - One Fiji Party - Ono Island - Ono-i-Lau - Open constituencies - Operation Morris Dance - Operation Quickstep - Orange dove - Order of Fiji - Orthetrum serapia - Patrick OSBORNE - Patterson OTI - Evelyn OTTO - Outline of Fiji - Ovalau

171st Aviation Squadron (Australia)

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On 29 November 2006, a Squadron Black Hawk helicopter crashed during Operation Quickstep while attached to HMAS Kanimbla off the coast of Fiji.