SECOND UNITED NATIONS OPERATION IN SOMALIA (UNOSOM II)

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Operation IGUANA

Australia: 5 May 1993 - 30 Nov 1994 (Australian withdrawal date) Australian Contingents 2, 3, 4

AO: Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti.

On 5 May 1993, UNITAF handed over to a reinforced UNOSOM II. The Australian Battalion Group withdrew to Australia. The ADF Contingent provided Movement control, Air Traffic Control, some HQ Staff and a Ready Reaction Security Team of the Mogadishu airport (mainly SAS with 126 Sig Sqn). The 5 members of Australian Contingent (ASC) 1 1/2 had a 9 month deployment in total. ASC 2 arrived on 8 Jul 1993. ASC 2, 3 + 4 each had a 6 month deployment.

Deployed: 170 total including UNOSOM I members from ASC 1 + 1 1/2. 36 Movements and Air Traffic Control Staff, 12 man Ready Reaction Security Team (mainly SAS) and some HQ staff total of 50 personnel per tour of duty (6 months) totalling to approx 150.

VEA: Schedule 2

Awards: Australian Service Medal (ASM) with Clasp 'SOMALIA' - 30 days ; UNOSOM Medal - 90 days.

ASM 1988
ASM with Clasp
'SOMALIA'
UNOSOM Medal