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26 May 2008
Quick response force for the Australian Timor-Leste Battle Group 4

Diggers of the 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, based in Dili, are now providing the quick response force for the Australian Timor-Leste Battle Group 4.

The mechanised infantry troop with their armoured personnel carriers gives the International Stabilisation Force an extra means of insertion and extractions of troops, with an extreme "go anywhere" cross-country capability.

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.