ADF RESPONSE TO ASSIST THE GOVERNMENT OF TONGA WITH THE RESTORATION OF LAW AND ORDER

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Operation QUICKSTEP TONGA

Australia: Tonga 18 November 2006 – 30 November 2006.

AO: Sovereign territory of Tonga, including the land territory, internal waters, territorial sea, superjacent airspace, and the exclusive economic zone of Tonga and its superjacent airspace.

Operation QUICKSTEP TONGA was the ADF response to assist the Government of Tonga with the restoration of law and order in Tonga. Around 50 ADF personnel were deployed to Tonga as part of a combined military force that supported the Tongan Security Forces in stabilising the security situation after riots in the city of Nuku’alofa on the 16th November 2006. On the 18th November, approximately 110 soldiers and 44 police officers from Australia and New Zealand arrived to help the local police to establish order. The New Zealand army was in charge of airport security and the police were to protect the High Commission. The Australian contingent provided assistance and relieved the exhausted Tongan police.

Deployed: Fifty Army troops, RAAF C-130, B-707, logistic support and a contingent of Australian Federal Police.

Veterans’ Entitlements Determination dated 3 September 2012: Non-warlike Service.

Awards: Australian Service Medal (ASM) with Clasp 'S. PACIFIC 2006' - 30 days/30 sorties.

ASM 1988

ASM with Clasp
'S. PACIFIC 2006'