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Operation SLIPPER

Australian soldiers from the Special Operations Task Group board a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter after a mission in Uruzgan province, southern Afghanistan

Australia's military contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan is deployed under Operation SLIPPER.

There are approximately 400 Australian Defence Force personnel deployed within Afghanistan.

In 2014, ADF personnel continue to be engaged in Afghanistan through focused training and advisory roles with the Afghan National Security Forces in Kabul and Kandahar.

Through to the end of 2014, Australia is providing instructors, advisors and support staff to the UK-led Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Kabul, which includes a force protection platoon.

We have advisor and support staff working with the Australian-led Afghan National Army 205 Corps Coalition Advisory Team in Kandahar.

This commitment will continue to provide valuable advice within the Afghan National Army 205 Corps senior leadership.

We also support logistics training with the Logistics Training and Advisory Team in Kabul and we have a small number of Special Forces and other Army personnel training and advising the General Directorate of Police Special Units.

In addition, the Royal Australian Air Force Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft deployment was extended to provide Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance support to enhance security in Regional Command - South for the Afghan election period.

Throughout 2014 Australia will also maintain its cadre of embedded personnel at ISAF Headquarters, ISAF Joint Command and Regional Command - South.

Operation PALATE II

Operation PALATE II is the ADF contribution to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). UNAMA is a political mission which was established on 28 March 2002 by UN Security Council Resolution 1401 to promote reconciliation and rapprochement, and manage humanitarian relief, recovery, and reconstruction in Afghanistan.

Two Australian Army Officers serve as military advisers within the UNAMA Military Adviser Unit. Their duties include maintaining contact and liaison with all military forces throughout Afghanistan on behalf of UNAMA. The ADF officers are based in Kabul and Kandahar.