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14 May 2008
Timor-Leste Aviation Group


The Timor-Leste Aviation Group (TLAG) is a vital part of the ISF and conducts operations ranging from security overwatch and reconnaissance, to ferrying patrols into remote localities and emergency medical evacuations for people in urgent need of life saving medical attention. The Black Hawk and Iroquois helicopters operate around the clock on a needs basis.

Operation ASTUTE is the Australian Government's response to a request from the Government of Timor-Leste to assist in restoring peace to their country.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has deployed to Timor-Leste with a mission to assist the Government and the United Nations to bring stability, security and confidence to the Timorese to allow them to resolve their differences democratically and peacefully.

There are approximately 1000 ADF personnel currently serving in Timor-Leste. This force will remain in Timor-Leste continuing to provide a robust response capability to support the Government of Timor-Leste and the United Nations Police force.

Police from Australia and 24 other nations throughout the world provide security in Dili. The ADF provides support to these police operations as required.

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is working alongside the ADF to assist with this mission.