A Nowra-based navy helicopter will be one of four helos taking part in Operation Render Safe 2019 in the Solomon Islands, disposing of World War II explosives.
Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces are working together with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in the disposal operation.
The Solomon Islands is still affected by a large number of unexploded and abandoned munitions, with a MRH-90 maritime support helicopter from 808 Squadron based at HMAS Albatross joining three Army MRH-90 aircraft from the 5th Aviation Regiment, based in Townsville onboard HMAS Adelaide in the operation.
"The scale of military action that occurred in the Pacific is evident in the amount of explosive material still being found almost 75 years since the end of the Second World War," said Minister for Defence, Senator Linda Reynolds.
"Australia and New Zealand are proud to be working alongside the Solomon Islands authorities to help remove the danger posed by these unexploded remnants of war.
"The officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force have significant knowledge on the location and identification of unexploded and abandoned munitions and are highly experienced in their disposal and removal.
"Their familiarity with the environment, close connections with affected communities and technical know-how, makes the search and destruction of this material far easier."
It is the first time HMAS Adelaide, one of Australia's Landing-Helicopter Dock amphibious ships, is participating in Operation Render Safe.
It will support personnel as they undertake clearance and disposal activities around Vella Lavella Island, Ghizo, Kolombangara Island, Vonavona Island and North-west New Georgia Island.