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ADF SUPPORT TO
Australian Defence Force personnel continue
their mission as part of the
Current reports are that the situation in
Nuku’alofa remains calm. The local population is now returning to a normal
daily routine with markets and stalls starting to re-open. The Australian and
The Commander of the Australian Contingent, Major James Hammett praised the Tongan Security Forces who remain in control of the security situation. “The Tongan Defence Services and the Tongan Police have been doing a magnificent job,” Major Hammett said.
The ADF contingent continues to provide support to the Tongan Defence Service personnel in Nuku’alofa while other Australian personnel assist with security at the Fau’amotu International Airport.
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
Will the ADF provide additional flights to
bring people back to
Commercial flights are available for people wishing to depart.
Are we supporting or opposing the pro-democracy movement?
Australian forces have deployed at the request of the Tongan Government. We are there to help the Tongan Security Forces re-establish stability.
Yes, an official
request from the Tongan Government was received on 17 November. The Tongan
What is defence contributing to the
Government response to assist
The ADF contribution is drawn primarily from the 1st Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment and includes around 30 infantry soldiers and 20 logistic personnel.
How long will the ADF contingent be in
The length of the deployment will be determined as the situation becomes clearer.
What does the ADF’s task involve?
This ADF task is to support the Tongan Security Forces in stabilising the situation. The ADF contingent is adopting a restrained and measured approach that enables effective support to the Tongan Security Forces who retain primacy in managing security issues.
Currently our personnel are providing a small element to back up to the Tongan Defence Service if required and are assisting with security the Fau’amotu International Airport.
Are the troops armed?
Defence will not discuss the specifics of its rules of engagement.
What assets does Australia currently have deployed in the South Pacific?
Royal Australian Navy ships HMAS Success,
HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Kanimbla deployed to the South West Pacific earlier
this month in light of the possible unrest in
The ships remain ready to assist if required.
Is the ADF able to maintain preparedness
levels to deal with possible unrest in both
Defence maintains a
significant capability to deal with situations that arise in
by Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication,
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