Australian Defence

Defence planes deliver hope to South Sudan

TENTS, water purification units and hygiene equipment have been delivered as part of Australia's role in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, The Department of  Defence revealed on Monday.

Defence revealed a RAAF C-17A Globemaster plane arrived in South Sudan on Friday carrying supplies to help.

Several more flights to deliver equipment to the young war-torn nation were scheduled for coming days with the support of the Italian military and the UN Mission.

Flight Lieutenant Luke Rigway said the aircraft delivered three containers of tents, water purification and sanitation equipment vital for those displaced by the ongoing conflict.

"In conjunction with the base command and the UN we prepared the aircraft and have now delivered the much-needed cargo," Flt Lt Rigway said.

"To use our skills to deliver aid to people who really need it is very humbling.

"Defence also had a second aircraft, a C-130J Hercules on hand in the United Arab Emirates to help if needed.