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15 May 2008
RAEME keeps wheels of Op ASTUTE turning


The Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) are not often in the limelight. However they are every bit as critical to the success of operations as the infantry in the front line. The extensive workshops in Dili are no exception, with a large vehicle fleet to maintain, consisting of everything from Landover’s to Mack trucks. In addition they maintain a wide range of electrical and mechanical equipment. Armourers also maintain all weapons so they remain safe and in serviceable condition.

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.