Australia remains committed to a rules-based international global order and supports efforts by the international community to countering terrorism. We have a direct interest in denying terrorists safe havens to plan and train for attacks on civilians including denying Afghanistan as a training ground for terrorists.
Security strengthened in Uruzgan
Afghan National Security Forces and their Australian Defence Force mentors successfully conducted a series of coordinated operations, in western and northern Uruzgan, aimed at improving the security situation for the local Afghan population. In recent weeks, Operation Pisho, also known as Operation Sydney, was conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Mentoring Task Force – Two in the Mirabad Valley. At the same time, Operation Tevara Sin was initiated by the Afghan National Police’s Provincial Response Company – Uruzgan (PRC-U) and members of the Special Operations Task Group.
HMAS Toowoomba commences operations in Middle East
The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Toowoomba commenced patrols in the Middle East as part of Operation SLIPPER, Australia’s military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, maritime security in the Middle East Area of Operations and counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
Commandos Receive Decorations for Gallantry
Australian Commandos Receive Decorations for Gallantry- Australian Army to be awarded the star of gallantry Commando Sergeant ‘A’ and Commando Corporal ‘B’
second contingent Special Forces welcomed home
Six months after departing Australia, the second contingent of the Special Forces Task Group was officially welcomed home from Afghanistan at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne, WA.
Australian Government invokes ANZUS
Prime Minister John Howard announced that the Government was invoking Article IV of the ANZUS Treaty in response to the terrorist attacks against the US.
ANA Commence Artillery Training
Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers fire the 122mm D-30 Towed Howitzer.
Special Forces Task Group officially farewelled
The first contingent of the Special Forces Task Group was officially farewelled in Perth as they departed to assist the US-led International Coalition Against Terrorism.
Deployment of Navy, Army and Air Force
The Government announced the deployment of Royal Australian Navy, Army and Air Force assets and personnel in support of Coalition operations.
16th Air Defence Regiment Farewelled
16th Air Defence Regiment (16AD Regt) was officially farewelled from Adelaide to support the Australian maritime element in the war against terrorism.
F/A-18 Hornets farewelled
A contingent of four F/A-18 Hornets was officially farewelled from RAAF Base Williamtown as part of Australia’s contribution to the fight against terrorism.