To support NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, more than 270 Australian Defence Force personnel have been farewelled at Robertson Barracks in Darwin on Thursday ahead of their upcoming deployment.
“The ADF contingent are largely from the Australian Army’s 1st Brigade and will deploy on a six to eight months rotation as part of Theatre Communications Group-9 (TCG-9) and Force Protection Element-12 (FPE-12)”, said a statement from department of defence.
Minster for Defence, Senator Linda Reynolds said the parade was an opportunity to recognise the sacrifice of our ADF personnel as well as their families and friends who make their service possible.
Minister Linda Reynolds last month visited Afghanistan and spend time with Australian troops deployed under Operation HIGHROAD in Afghanistan, and to thank them for their service.
She also met with Mr Assadullah Khalid, acting Afghan Minister for Defence and Commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, General Austin Scott Miller from the United States.
“I am incredibly proud of each and every one of our personnel who leave their families to support Australia’s contribution to regional and global security in the Middle East Region,” she said.
“I also thank their families and friends because without their support, the deployment of our personnel would not be possible.”
The TCG-9 contingent consists of about 100 ADF communications specialists who are responsible for the delivery of national command and welfare communications, and information systems that support deployed personnel.
The FPE-12 contingent members will provide essential security and protected mobility support for ADF mentors and advisors who are working to support Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in the vicinity of Kabul, Afghanistan.
There are over 1,000 ADF personnel currently deployed to the broader Middle East Region.