AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE CONTRIBUTION TO THE WHOLE-OF-GOVERNMENT EFFORT
TO PROTECT AUSTRALIA'S BORDERS AND OFFSHORE MARITIME INTERESTS


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Operation RESOLUTE

Australia: 17 July 2006 – present

AO: The Operation RESOLUTE Area of Operations covers approximately 10% of the world's surface and includes Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone (AEEZ) which extends up to 200 nautical miles from the Australian mainland and offshore territories. Christmas, Cocos Keeling, Heard, McDonald, Macquarie, Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands also fall within the Operation RESOLUTE boundaries.

Operation RESOLUTE is the ADF's contribution to the Whole-of-Government effort to protect Australia's borders and offshore maritime interests.

ADF Resources: At any one time, up to 800 ADF personnel at sea, in the air and on the land, are working to protect Australia's borders and offshore maritime interests. They work alongside personnel from Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and other agencies. In addition, ADF units transiting the area of operations, whilst not assigned to Operation RESOLUTE, also contribute to the overall surveillance and security effort through their presence.

Threats: The ADF assets protect Australia’s maritime domain from security threats including: Irregular Maritime Arrivals, Maritime terrorism, Piracy, robbery and violence at sea, Compromise to bio-security, Illegal activity in protected areas, Illegal exploitation of natural resources (eg. illegal fishing), Marine pollution, and Prohibited imports and exports.

Nature of Service: Peacetime.

Awards: Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) - Border Protection (BP) - 30 days/30 sorties. The following operations constitute declared operations for the OSM – BP: Operation CRANBERRY (1 August 1997 - 16 July 2006); Operation DIRK (1 September 1997 - 31 October 1997); Operation STANHOPE (3 February 1998 - 6 March 1998); Operation MISTRAL (1 August 1998 - 30 June 2006); Operation TEEBONE (1 March 2001 - 31 March 2001); Operation CELESTA (1 August 2001 - 31 July 2006); Operation SUTTON (25 January 2002 - 19 February 2002); Operation GEMSBOK (29 August 2003 - 3 October 2003); Operation RELEX (3 September 2001 - 13 March 2002); Operation RELEX II (14 March 2002 - 16 July 2006); and Operation RESOLUTE - commenced 17 July 2006.

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