UNITED NATIONS MINE CLEARANCE TRAINING TEAM PESHWAR (UNMCTT)

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Operation SALAAM

Australian Deployment Dates: 16 July 1989 to December 1993.

Strength: Approx 95 personnel. Between 4 - 9 Army field Engineers per rotation.

Area of Operations (AO): Afghanistan & Pakistan.

Purpose: To train Pakistan based Afghan refugees in mine and ordnance recognition and basic clearance techniques. In January 1991, this broadened to include the planning and supervision of mine clearance activities in Afghanistan.

Comments: The UNMCTT originally consisted of contingents from nine countries, but only Australia remained by 1992. Its activities are conducted under the auspices of the Geneva based UN Coordinator for Afghanistan (UNOCA). In July 1993, Australia announced it would withdraw from HQ UNOCA and extracted its teams in December 1993.

Veteran Entitlement Act (VEA) : Schedule 3; 16 July 1989 to December 1993.

Service Type: Non-warlike.

Gazette: GN16 of 26 Apr 90

Awards & Qualifying Periods:
ASM 1988
ASM with Clasp
'PESHWAR'
UNSSM
UN
Special Service Medal