2018 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Solomon Islands
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Dollars in thousands
The Solomon Islands faces serious impacts from World War II-era UXO. From 2011 to 2017, the United States invested more than $4.6 million in CWD in the Solomon Islands. Support for the remediation of UXO in the Solomon Islands is a capacity building effort funded by the United States and Australia.
- In 2017, PM/WRA and the government of Australia along with the U.S. Department of Defense, conducted a jointreview and assessment of UXO support to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF).
In 2017, the Department of State supported the following implementing partner:
- Golden West continued training members of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to EOD Level II and limited EOD III procedures to support public safety UXO clearance tasks. The RSIPF EOD team also used its mobile cutting system and detonation sites to destroy UXO, which contaminates Hell’s Point in Guadalcanal and other neighboring islands.
With funding from the Department of Defense,
- HD R&D, through its implementing partner Golden West, continued an evaluation of the Badger armored excavator on the island of Guadalcanal. So far, the Badger has cleared 1.4 million square meters (346 acres) of extremely dense jungle vegetation in difficult terrain and found 6,100 UXO/AXO. The Badger, which has a suite of attachments for removing thick, mature, tropical vegetation and processing soil, is clearing access points for EOD teams to locate and clear UXO/ AXO at Hell’s Point.
- USPACOM, Australian Defense Force, and PM/WRA continued supporting the Royal Solomon Island Police Force’s underwater UXO clearance capacity that began in 2014 as a series of train-the-trainer events.