Thursday, November 13, 2003

Aust Defence Force presence in Iraq: Bring them All Home Now: "The Australian Defence Force has about 800 members in Iraq, including:

* An Australian Joint Task Force HQ.
* A naval component of about 270, including HMAS Newcastle and a Logistic Support Element.
* An RAAF C-130 Hercules detachment of about 140, with two transport aircraft.
* An RAAF AP-3C Orion detachment of about 160 with two aircraft, conducting maritime patrol operations.
* An air traffic control detachment at Baghdad International Airport and combined air operations staff totalling about 80.
* A security detachment of about 70 to protect and escort Australian government personnel.
* Up to 16 analysts and technical experts to support Iraq Survey Group hunting weapons of mass destruction.
* An Australian contribution to coalition headquarters and units of about 90 members.
* Six members to provide training and policy support for the Iraqi Defence Force."

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