Australia is sending a naval vessel to help Vanuatu in its efforts to evacuate 11,000 residents from Ambae Island as a volcano there threatens to erupt.
The HMAS Choules left Australia on Saturday morning and is expected to arrive in the middle of next week, the Australian government said . The Choules is carrying specialists, supplies and a landing craft. Australia has committed $196,000 to provide supplies and sent a team of military experts. In Vanuatu, a fleet of ships including ferries and commercial vessels has begun moving people from Ambae to nearby islands. The Choules can carry more than 300 troops, along with landing craft, tanks and trucks, operating Navy helicopters.
Australian Navy to help 11,000 flee from Volcano