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Ships to help restore order in East Timor

Volume 49, No. 9, June 1, 2006

In response to a request from the East Timorese Government, the Royal Australian Navy has deployed the largest amphibious task force in its history and the first deployment of the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) HMA Ships Manoora, Kanimbla, Tobruk, Success, Tarakan, Balikpapan and Adelaide are joined by RAAF Hercules aircraft and more than 1300 Australian Army personnel as they deploy on Operation Astute, the mission to assist in the restoration of law and order in Dili.

Navy embarked forces in Darwin and Townsville and will disembark them on arrival in East Timor.

The ARG will also provide critical functions such as provision of afloat medical facilities, command and control and helicopter support capabilities.

Deputy Maritime Commander Australia, Commodore Ray Griggs spoke highly of the performance of the Navy people involved.

“The swift response to the call out at such short notice is a reminder of just how good our people are at what they do,” CDRE Griggs said.

“I am extremely proud of them, and their performance under pressure was just as I expected – outstanding.”

CDRE Griggs said the deployment highlighted the value of amphibious training exercises, such as Croix du Sud, a combined force non-combatant exercise evacuation operation conducted in New Caledonia recently.

“The ships were extremely well prepared for the operational roles they will be required to conduct,” he said.



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