US Navy deploys in Vanuatu waters as part of regional maritime law enforcement push

Commanding officer of USS Rushmore Cmdr. John Ryan speaks to guests during a ship tour, while anchored in Port Vila harbour. The vessel is deployed in support of the Oceana Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI), a US program supporting maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania. Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Weiermann

Commanding officer of USS Rushmore Cmdr. John Ryan speaks to guests during a ship tour, while anchored in Port Vila harbour this week. The vessel is deployed as part of the Oceana Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI), a US program supporting maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania. Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Weiermann

The USS Rushmore, a United States amphibious dock landing ship, disembarked maritime law enforcement personnel last week and provided tours of the ship for invited Port Vila guests. The commanding officer said personnel are assisting regional maritime security enhancement “and keeping the sea lanes open for the benefit of all.”

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Mister Pip: new feature film set during Bougainville civil war

Something we don’t see too often… a feature film set in Melanesia, with Melanesian actors (plus Hugh Laurie).

A new film based the novel Mister Pip by New Zealand writer Lloyd Jones has just been released. The film is a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl from Bougainville, Matilda, set during Bougainville’s brutal civil war in the 1990s.

Jones’s novel won the 2007 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, so it will be interesting to see how this film translates the book onto screen. Perhaps the NZ High Commision could oblige by organising some screenings here in Vanuatu?