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    Republic of Vanuatu (Vanuatu)  
The Republic of Vanuatu is an island chain located in the South Pacific Ocean. Prewar and during the Pacific War known as New Hebrides (New Hebrides Condominium) until independence on July 30, 1980 when officially renamed the Republic of Vanuatu. Also known as simply Vanuatu. The national capital is Port Vila (Vila) and borders the Solomon Islands to the northwest.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, the New Hebrides was a major staging area early in the war for the Guadalcanal campaign. On March 18, 1942 the first American personnel arrive and rapidly develop the islands into a a major base area with airfields, anchorage and staging area.

Vanuatu Provinces
Torba Province  includes the Banks Islands and Torees Islands
Sanma Province  includes Espiritu Santo and Malo Island
Penama Province  includes Pentecost Island, Ambae and Maewo
Malampa Province  includes Ambrym, Malakula, Paama
Shefa Province  includes Efate, Shepherd Islands
Tafea Province  includes Tanna, Aniwa, Futuna, Erromango, Anatom

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Last Updated
February 18, 2023


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