From: Defence Media
Sent: Tue 18/11/2014 9:12 AM

Defence wraps up support to G20

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has concluded its support to the G20 Leaders’ Summit following the successful conclusion of the Australian-hosted international event.

Some 2000 men and women from across the ADF provided support to the G20 Taskforce, the Queensland Police Service and other Government agencies as part of the overall security arrangements for G20 activities.

Defence personnel provided around-the-clock niche capability support to state and federal security agencies in the lead up to, and during, the G20 Leaders’ Summit, including:

- Australian Army aviation elements, search personnel, explosive ordnance detection dogs and logistic support;

- Royal Australian Navy clearance divers;

- Special Operations counter terrorism response teams; and

- Royal Australian Air Force fighter aircraft, specialised command and control aircraft and aerial tanker support, as well as search personnel and explosive ordnance detection dogs.

The Commander of ADF Support to the G20, Major General Stuart Smith said the operation highlighted the flexibility and capabilities of the ADF.

“Defence has provided appropriate, dependable and closely integrated support to the G20 Summit,” Major General Smith said.

“This operation affirms the ADF’s place in the nation’s domestic security capabilities and builds on the reputation forged by Defence at other Australian-showcase activities such as the Sydney Olympic Games and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

“The men and women involved can be justifiably proud of what they have achieved for the people of Brisbane and the nation as a whole.”

During the G20 period the ADF performed 2427 vehicle searches, conducted clearance searches at 21 major venues and hotels and conducted 76 air sorties of all types.

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