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Current Australian Defence Force deployments

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Current Australian Defence Force deployments

As of March 2009, around 3,000 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel are deployed on overseas operations. An additional 500 personnel are deployed on domestic maritime security tasks and 520 as the ADF's response to the February 2009 Victorian bushfires.[1]

Middle East

The ADF currently has main deployments in the Middle East and three smaller deployments. These operations are commanded from a Joint Task Force Headquarters located in the United Arab Emirates. A detachment of two AP-3C Orion aircraft is also located in the UAE, and it is expected that the ADF logistic unit in Kuwait and C-130 Hercules detachment in Qatar will also be moved to the UAE.[2]

The deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan are supported by:[3]


Main article: Operation Slipper

In March 2011 approximately 1550 ADF personnel were deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper, Australia's contribution to the international coalition against terrorism.[4] This deployment began in October 2001. ADF units currently deployed to Afghanistan include:[5]


In March 2009 the ADF's contribution to the reconstruction of Iraq, consisted of:

Other deployments

In addition to the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ADF also maintains three small contributions to peacekeeping operations in the Middle East and Africa. As of March 2009 a total of 37 ADF personnel are deployed along the borders of Israel, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan as part of Operation Mazurka, Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Sinai, and Operation Paladin. A further 15 personnel form part of the United Nations Mission in Sudan and eight are deployed to support the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur. These operations began in 1982, 1956 and 2005 respectively.[1]


The ADF currently has units deployed on several operations in Australia's immediate neighbourhood.

East Timor

Main article: Operation Astute

Approximately 650 personnel, most of whom form part of a joint Australia-New Zealand battle group, are deployed to East Timor on peacekeeping duties as part of Operation Astute. This deployment began in May 2006.[9]

Solomon Islands

140 personnel are in the Solomon Islands as the ADF's contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. This deployment began in July 2003.[1]

Domestic operations

Emergency response

As of 9 March 2009, 520 ADF personnel were deployed to Victoria as the ADF's response to the February 2009 Victorian bushfires (Operation Vic Fire Assist).[1]



  • Australian Department of Defence Global Operations
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