Australia’s largest warship has been left powerless at a Tonga dock as China’s navy races to deliver disaster relief supplies – and win the hearts and minds of our Pacific neighbours.
An international effort is in full swing after a January 14 volcanic eruption and deadly tsunami swamped the Tongan archipelago. The Australian helicopter-carrying amphibious assault ship HMAS Adelaide was among the first responders when it arrived last week, carrying more than 250 pallets of emergency humanitarian stores.
The 27,000-tonne warship arrived last Wednesday.
It’s spent the past four days largely powerless after a failure of its electrical generation system.
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