Operation SOLANIA is the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to maritime surveillance within the Pacific Region.

Operation SOLANIA contributes to a wider multi-national program to provide maritime surveillance support in the Pacific, coordinated by the Quadrilateral Defence Coordinating Group. Members of the Quadrilateral Defence Coordinating Group are Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States.

Operation SOLANIA also supports Operations Kuru Kuru, Big Eye, Island Chief, Tui Moana and Rai Balang, which are coordinated maritime surveillance and patrol operations run by the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). These partner Operations aim todetect and deter Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing activity.

The ADF commitment to Operation SOLANIA varies year on year based on the nature of the specific requirements of the task and the support required.

ADF assets assigned to Operation SOLANIA provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support to the Pacific Islands nations. ISR capability provided by the ADF through Operation SOLANIA supports the economic development of Pacific Island nations, through the protection of fisheries and other resources.

The following ADF elements may be allocated to Operation SOLANIA:

  • Royal Australian Navy Ships;
  • Air Force P-8A Posiedon Maritime Patrol aircraft.