UNITED NATIONS ADVANCED MISSION IN CAMBODIA (UNAMIC)
UNITED NATIONS TRANSITIONAL AUTHORITY IN CAMBODIA (UNTAC)


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Operation GOODWILL & Operation GEMINI

Australian Deployment Dates: 1991-1993

Strength: 1279 ADF personnel - 65 Personnel of the UNAMIC Contingent on 12-month tour of duty, New Zealand communications staff (45 personnel on 6 month tours) collectively forming the Force Communications Unit (FCU UNTAC comprised 545 personnel from 1992-1993). Movement Control Group of 30 ADF Personnel. One Blackhawk Helicopter Squadron accompanied by an Infantry Protection Platoon (2/4 RAR).

Area of Operations: Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.

In October 1991, prior to UNTAC being formally established, Australia contributed a 65-strong communications unit to its precursor, the UN Advance Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC). On UNTAC's establishment, the ADF Contingent increased to 502 personnel, comprising 488 Force Communications Unit (FCU) and 14 staff on HQ UNTAC. The FCU was originally based on the 2nd Signal Regiment but reinforced from many other units, including 20 personnel each from the RAN and the RAAF. 45 New Zealand personnel also bolstered the FCU. The FCU was spread across 56 locations throughout Cambodia and saw more action than any other UN unit.

UNTAC was established under the 1991 Paris Agreements to supervise a ceasefire and a general election in Cambodia. UNTAC's Military component consisted of 16,000 personnel from 32 countries. The Force Commander of this highly demanding and complex operation was Lieutenant General J.M. Sanderson AC.

Wounded: 3

Injured: 10

VEA: Schedule 2, (20 Oct 1992 7 Oct 1993). Schedule 3, (8 Oct 1993 - 14 Nov 1993)

Awards: Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) (Originally awarded the ASM with Clasp 'CAMBODIA', however was reviewed and changed to AASM with Clasp 'CAMBODIA' ; ASM with Clasp 'CAMBODIA' (Awarded for service to UNTAC 8 Oct 199314 Nov 1993) ; UNAMIC Medal ; UNTAC Medal.


AASM 1988 ASM 1988
AASM with Clasp
'CAMBODIA'
ASM with Clasp
'CAMBODIA'
UNAMIC Medal UNTAC Medal