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Annual Report 2014–15

Volume 1, Part 2 : Performance

Programme 2.2
Operations Supporting Wider Interests

On 1 January 2015, Operation Highroad superseded Operation Slipper as the ADF contribution to the stabilisation and security of Afghanistan. Joint Operations Command transitioned its forces from a combat-focused mission to one that continues to provide directed capabilities and forces to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. This contribution is delivered through the mentoring of the Afghan National Army personnel of 205 Corps in Kandahar and Officer Cadets at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy. Mentoring relationships have also been established with Afghan Special Forces and a small number of operational-level Afghan headquarters.

As part of a broader international humanitarian effort and whole-of-government approach, Joint Operations Command executed air operations and land force training as part of Operation Okra. These operations have degraded Daesh and protected Australia’s national interests. Through the execution of the ADF’s Build Partner Capacity mission, Iraqi land forces have increased their ability to conduct brigade-level offensive operations.

Under Operation Manitou, the Navy maintained the deployment of a major fleet unit in support of maritime counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics and counter-piracy operations conducted by the Combined Maritime Force. Also in support of the Combined Maritime Force and the improvement of maritime security in the Middle East and along the east coast of Africa, Australia routinely commands Combined Task Force 150, which is responsible for the maritime counter-terrorism mission. The next Australian rotation will begin in November 2015.

HMAS Success was the first Navy ship to be assigned to a NATO operation—the counter-piracy operation Ocean Shield in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean for two weeks from 23 March 2015. HMAS Success also achieved key national and Defence objectives in the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac.

In support of a rules-based global security order, Defence continued to provide support to three United Nations missions—operations Paladin, Palate II and Aslan—and maintained its longstanding links to the Multinational Force and Observers mission in the Sinai, Egypt, under Operation Mazurka.

During 2014–15, ADF members continued to perform key roles in United Nations efforts to maintain peace and security in highly volatile areas such as Afghanistan, the Golan Heights, the Sinai and South Sudan. The ADF role included supporting free and fair elections in Afghanistan; directly contributing to peace-monitoring efforts in Israel, Lebanon and the Sinai Peninsula; contributing to reform in South Sudan; and assisting in humanitarian efforts to provide basic services and subsistence to those in need. It is envisaged that Defence will continue to support these United Nations missions and the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai in their critically important and globally significant work.

Operation Hawick was the ADF contribution to the whole-of-government Operation Bring Them Home in support of dealing with the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster in eastern Ukraine. Joint Operations Command supported the Combined Inter-Agency Task Force charged with carrying out the International Mission for Protection of Investigation, and supported the repatriation of victims of the disaster.

Table 4.6: Programme 2.2 deliverables

Deliverable

Status

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Key

Met

• • •

Substantially met

• •

Partially met

• •

Not met

• • •

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Operation

Commenced

Objective

Paladin

1956

Contribute to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in the Middle East.

Status Met • • •

Mazurka

1982

Contribute to the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai.

Status Met • • •

Slipper

2001

Support Afghanistan’s security, development and governance. The International Security Assistance Force Mission in Afghanistan provided under Operation Slipper ceased on 31 December 2014.

Status Met • • •

Palate II

2005

Provide a military liaison officer to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

Status Met • • •

Aslan

2011

Contribute to the United Nations mission to the Republic of South Sudan.

Status Met • • •

Manitou

2014

Contribute to international maritime security operations in the Middle East Area of Operations and international counter-piracy operations in the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

Status Met • • •

Okra

2014

Conduct operations in support of the coalition response to the Iraq crisis.

Status Met • • •

Accordion

2014

Provide support to operations Slipper and Manitou from within the Gulf States

Status Met • • •

Highroad

2015

Support Afghanistan’s security, development and governance, through a contribution to the NATO-led ‘train, advise, assist’ mission.

Status Met • • •

Table 4.7: Programme 2.2 key performance indicators

Key performance indicator

Status

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Key

Met

• • •

Substantially met

• •

Partially met

• •

Not met

• • •

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ADF operations meet their stated objective within the Government’s guidance.

Status Met • • •

ADF forces are effectively deployed and sustained.

Status Met • • •

ADF forces are withdrawn for reconstitution when they are no longer required.

Status Met • • •

‘I was one of the many who were fortunate enough to have received a ballot ticket to attend the Anzac Day Centenary Dawn Service at Gallipoli. The great sacrifice made by the diggers landing at Anzac Cove on the morning of 25 April 1915 was so graphically represented—with a flotilla of naval ships heading towards the cove through the sea haze, extracts from the diggers’ letters on their first impressions on the landing being read, and being in the presence of the sheer steepness and harshness of the Gallipoli terrain. This is a memory that will remain with me forever.’