The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Houston, and the US Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Cartwright, today renewed the Australia-United States Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) at a short ceremony in Canberra.
The Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement, a treaty level arrangement, is the principal vehicle through which cooperative military logistics support is conducted between the United States and Australia.
Since its inception, the Agreement has ensured supply support and services to Australian and US forces deployed to all parts of the world wherever Australian and United States forces are operating together. Of particular note is the mutual support that has been facilitated by the Agreement during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Agreement has also played a significant role in major exercises such as the Talisman Sabre series that is conducted biennially between Australia and the US.
“Renewing today the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement demonstrates the continuing strength and practical application of our long-standing Alliance,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.
“I am pleased that General Cartwright and I have been able to renew an agreement that provides the foundation for the important work of our military logisticians.”
The ACSA will come into effect when respective Parliamentary processes that approve its renewal have been concluded.
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