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ADF Support to Tonga - Update

Department of Defence Media Mail List

CPA 310/06 Tuesday, 21 November 2006

ADF Support to Tonga - Update

Australian Defence Force personnel continue their mission as part of the New Zealand led combined military force that is supporting the Tongan Security Forces in stabilising the situation.

Current reports are that the situation in Nuku’alofa remains calm. The local population is now returning to a normal daily routine with markets and stalls starting to re-open. The Australian and New Zealand troops have been well received on the streets of Nuku’alofa.

The Commander of the Australian Contingent, Major James Hammett praised the Tongan Security Forces who remain in control of the security situation. “The Tongan Defence Services and the Tongan Police have been doing a magnificent job,” Major Hammett said.

The ADF contingent continues to provide support to the Tongan Defence Service personnel in Nuku’alofa while other Australian personnel assist with security at the Fau’amotu International Airport.

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