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Operation Resolute

Members of Transit Security Element 57, from 1 Platoon 'A' Commpany 8/9 RAR, conduct Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) Training with members of ASSAIL TWO whilst aboard HMAS BROOME during an Operation RESOLUTE Patrol.

Operation RESOLUTE is the ADF's contribution to the Whole-of-Government effort to protect Australia's borders and offshore maritime interests.

It is the only ADF operation that currently defends the Australia homeland and its assets.

The Operation RESOLUTE Area of Operations covers approximately 10 per cent of the world's surface and includes Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone which extends up to 200nm around the mainland. Christmas, Cocos, Keeling, Norfolk, Heard, Macquarie and Lord Howe Islands also fall within the Operation RESOLUTE boundaries.

Commander BPC, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan, RAN, is the overarching operational authority that coordinates and controls both Defence and Australian Border Force assets from his headquarters in Canberra.

Maritime Border Command (MBC) is the multi-agency taskforce which utilises assets and personnel from both the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to safeguard Australia’s maritime jurisdiction. Its maritime surveillance and response activities are commanded and controlled from the Australian Maritime Border Operations Centre in Canberra.

Deputy Commander of Operation RESOLUTE, Commodore Brenton Smyth, RAN, is responsible at the frontline for ADF assets operating under Operation RESOLUTE.

The ADF assets protect Australia's maritime domain from security threats. These threats include:

  • Illegal Maritime Arrivals;
  • Maritime terrorism;
  • Piracy, robbery and violence at sea;
  • Compromise to bio-security;
  • Illegal activity in protected areas;
  • Illegal exploitation of natural resources (eg. illegal fishing);
  • Marine pollution; and
  • Prohibited imports and exports.

At any one time, up to 800 ADF personnel at sea, in the air and on the land, are working to protect Australia's borders and offshore maritime interests. They work alongside personnel from Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and other agencies.

ADF resources allocated to Operation RESOLUTE comprise:

  • Air Force AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft that provide aerial surveillance of Australia's north-west and northern approaches;
  • Navy Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPBs) operating daily throughout Australia's northern offshore maritime areas;
  • Australian Army Regional Force Surveillance Unit (RFSU) patrols which conduct land based security operations;
  • A Transit Security Element (TSE) made up of Navy, Army and Air Force personnel who embark in the ACPBs; and
  • Two Navy Major Fleet Units (MFU) for northern waters response.

In addition, ADF units transiting the area of operations, whilst not assigned to Operation RESOLUTE, also contribute to the overall surveillance and security effort through their presence.