AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE CONTRIBUTION TO STABILISE AND MAINTAIN PEACE IN SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF TIMOR-LESTEOperation ASTUTE
Australia: 25 May 2006 27 March 2013
AO: East Timor and its territorial waters and superjacent airspace.
The Australian-led International Stabilisation Force started on 25 May 2006 in response to a request from the Government of Timor-Leste and restored public order and stability. The end of the operation was declared after the Helicopter Point of Disembarkation became the final base to be handed over to the Government of Timor-Leste on 25 March 2013.
Deployed: As at June 2006, the Australian deployment included about 2,600 ADF personnel deployed in the East Timor area of operations (land, sea and air). Of these, approximately 1,900 ground troops were in Dili, and actively engaged in security operations in the capital, which included the suppression of communal and gang violence. A break up of key Australian forces deployed to East Timor at the height of the operation included:
an Amphibious Landing Ship in Dili harbour to provide medical, communications, accommodation and various support facilities as required;
eight landing craft heavy;
an Infantry Battalion Group;
a Commando Company Group;
eight Australian Army Black Hawk helicopters;
C-130 Hercules aircraft to transport people and equipment; and
a detachment of Royal Australian Air Force, Air Field Defence Guards.
Veterans Entitlements Determination dated 1 June 2006: Non-warlike Service.
Awards: Australian Service Medal (ASM) with Clasp 'TIMOR-LESTE' ; Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal (TLSM).
ASM with Clasp 'TIMOR-LESTE'