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Outcome One: Command of Operations

Australian Defence Force Operations

The ADF was involved with, and continues to contribute to, international coalitions of forces beyond the immediate neighbourhood. These operations ranged from peacekeeping to high-intensity conflict.

Table 4.7 Operations Supporting Wider Interests (1)
Operation Objective, status and contribution
Azure

May 2005 - continuing
Objective: To contribute to the United Nations Mission in Sudan.
Status: Current.
Contribution: 9 of the intended 15 military personnel deployed as Headquarters staff and liaison officers to the United Nations Mission.
Sumatra Assist

December 2004 - April 2005
Objective: To contribute to the whole-of-government humanitarian aid mission to Indonesia following the tsunami devastation of West Sumatra.
Status: Completed.
Contribution: A tri-service Combined Joint Task Force provided water purification, medical assistance, engineering support and aviation support. Approximately 1,050 ADF personnel deployed. At the cessation of operations the Task Force had delivered 2,926,626 pounds of humanitarian assistance stores, relocated 2,528 people, provided medical treatment to 3,693 people, conducted medical evacuations for 70 people, provided approximately 4,696,300 litres of purified water, cleared 9,230 cubic metres of debris and salvaged 12 boats.
During Phase II, HMAS Kanimbla medical personnel treated 11 surgical cases, attended to 980 patients at clinics, delivered 123 ton of rice and 5,000 litres of water. 80 tonnes of debris were also cleared to allow a kindergarten to open.
Thai Assist

December 2004 - March 2005
Objective: To contribute to the whole-of-government humanitarian aid mission to the Government of Thailand following the tsunami devastation.
Status: Completed.
Contribution: The ADF provided linguist support to Australian Federal Police operating in Thailand in the wake of the tsunami.
Valient

October - November 2004
Objective: To provide equipment and training to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces supporting their assistance to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq.
Status: Dormant.
Contribution: Training was provided to teach Republic of Fiji Military Forces the correct fitting and use of select items of Australian equipment. The equipment has been provided on a loan basis only. While the operation is dormant, there is a possibility that the ADF will provide further equipment and training assistance if requested by the United Nations or Fijian Government and approved by the Australian Government.
Iraqi Spirit

August - September 2004
Objective: To provide assistance to the Iraqi Olympic team to travel to Athens.
Status: Completed.
Contribution: The ADF contributed a C-130 aircraft with crew.
Catalyst

July 2003 - continuing
Objective: To contribute to the United States-led coalition for stabilisation and recovery operations in Iraq.
Status: Current.
Contribution: The ADF contribution deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations has comprised approximately 880 personnel on average. Forces included:
  • an Australian National Headquarters element;
  • a maritime element of 1 frigate;
  • aviation elements, including 2 C-130 Hercules aircraft, 2 P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft and an air traffic control detachment;
  • a security detachment to provide force protection and escort to the Australian Mission in Iraq;
  • a contingent of ADF and civilian personnel working as embedded staff in various coalition headquarters;
  • a medical detachment;
  • 4 ADF training teams supporting training of the Iraqi Army and the Iraqi Coastal Defence Force;
  • a Navy Command Group commanding coalition naval forces in the North Arabian Gulf; and
  • a task group operating in the Al Muthanna Province protecting the Japanese Iraq Reconstruction Group and training the Iraqi Army.
Slipper

October 2001 - continuing
Objective: To contribute to the United States-led operation against international terrorism and the multinational maritime interception force in the Persian Gulf.
Status: Current.
Contribution: The ADF contribution to the Middle East Area of Operations supporting the war against terrorism continued. Deployed forces included:
  • an Australian National Headquarters element;
  • a maritime element of 1 frigate;
  • an aviation element of 2 P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft; and
  • an Army officer working in a coalition headquarters in Afghanistan.
Pomelo

January 2001 - June 2005
Objective: To contribute to UN peacekeeping efforts in Africa as part of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia/Eritrea.
Status: Completed.
Contribution: 2 military personnel contributed to United Nations peacekeeping efforts.
Mazurka (2)

September 1982 - continuing
Objective: To provide personnel to the Multi National Force and Observers to monitor the security arrangements in the Sinai.
Status: Current.
Contribution: A contribution of 25 military personnel to the Multinational Force and Observers continue to monitor security arrangements.
Paladin

June 1956 - continuing
Objective: To contribute to the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation in the Middle East. This force of unarmed military observers supervises, observes and reports on the various cease-fire arrangements, truces and peace treaties negotiated between Israel and neighbouring Arab nations since 1948.
Status: Current.
Contribution: 11 military observers are currently deployed with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation.

Notes

  1. Operation Palate was incorrectly reported as ceasing in June 2004 in the Defence Annual Report 2003-04. The operation was completed on 5 July 2004.
  2. Operation Mazurka was incorrectly reported as commencing in 1992 in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2004-05.
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