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The Republic of Vanuatu (Vanuatu) is an island chain located in the South Pacific Ocean. To the northwest is the Solomon Islands. Known as the New Hebrides until independence on July 30, 1980 and renamed Republic of Vanuatu. Also known as simply Vanuatu. The capital is Port Vila (Vila).

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, the New Hebrides was a major staging area early in the war for the Guadalcanal campaign. Occupied by the American forces on March 18, 1942. At the time, New Hebrides were then the most forward American base to the Solomons. Although no combat took place here, the islands and harbors were developed into bases and staging areas.

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 4, 2018


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