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ADF SUPPORT TO LEBANON EVACUATION COMPLETE
All Australian Defence Force personnel who deployed to the Middle East as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade led evacuation of Australians from Lebanon have now returned home.
The evacuation known as Operation Ramp, saw the ADF deploy about 120 personnel to assist DFAT in a number of specialised roles. They included a team of 22 to support the DFAT staff in Beirut , Cyprus and Turkey and a Task Force of 96 that included a command element, two evacuee processing teams, liaison officers, movements officers, health specialists and linguists.
This operation illustrated the capabilities of the ADF to respond to short notice crises and provide a very effective service to Australians in need. The ADF supported the evacuation of over 5300 Australians and over 1300 foreign nationals from the Lebanese ports of Beirut and Tyre .
Information current at 29 August 2006