Australien – Brisbane soldiers join major military exercise in East Timor

Multi-national forces including the East Timorese Defence Force (F-FDTL) and the International Stabilisation Force (ISF) are participating in a multi-lateral Marine Exercise (MAREX) in East Timor.

The ISF includes soldiers from the Brisbane-based 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

The United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy (USN) have joined the F-FDTL and ISF participants in Exercise Crocodile 10, from 19 to 26 June 2010, to provide an opportunity for multi-national forces to work together in the planning and conduct of a complex military exercise.

Exercise Crocodile 10 will include weapons firing skills, amphibious assault serials, jungle training, flying operations, and a helicopter raid on an abandoned prison.

The exercise also includes community support activities such as reconstruction and medical programs.

Two USN ships USS Peleliu and USS Pearl Harbor will support the exercise.

Commander of the ISF, Colonel Simon Stuart, said Exercise Crocodile aims to foster regional security, and increase readiness and cooperation amongst partner nations.

“The Exercise will focus on professional development and arms corps advice to the F-FDTL. It includes community support activities such as engineering supported by the ISF and medical and community relations programs supported by the F-FDTL and US military.”

The partner nation military forces will ensure there is minimal interruption or disturbance to the local community by the flying operations and troop movements during the exercise.

The ISF currently comprises around 550 personnel, 400 of which are from the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Australian commitment includes elements of the 8th/9th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment and support elements such as engineers, logistics and supply personnel from the wider ADF. The ISF also includes the Timor Leste Aviation Group (TLAG) drawn primarily from the Australian 5th Aviation Regiment with Australian Black Hawk S70A-9 helicopters. The New Zealand commitment is from the 16th Field Regiment and 2nd/1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia