Wednesday, 31 October 2007 2:30 PM

Australia to Send Army Reserves to Solomons

A deployment of Australian Army Reserve soldiers will travel to Solomon Islands.

ABC News reports that the deployment will be the biggest to be in the Solomons with about 100 soldiers from Western Australia's 13th Brigade as part of troop rotations for RAMSI.

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Coggin will lead the reservists and would join with about 30 troops from South Australia and Tasmania as well as other soldiers from Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Islands, ABC News reports.

ABC News quotes Lieutenant Colonel Coggin as stating that reservists would be deployed for four months and would be able to provide something different to the people of Solomon Islands.

The contingent will include teachers, plumbers, brick layers and truck drivers.

Lieutenant Colonel Coggin told ABC News that his group has a Civil-Military Liaison Team who will go out to help in schools and the local community, and also outlying villages in Solomon Islands.