Australian Government Department of Defence Statement on Afghanistan
Australian Government Department of Defence Statement on Afghanistan

Australian Government Department of Defence Statement on Afghanistan

The Australian Defence Force will be deploying more than 250 personnel to support urgent Australian Government efforts to evacuate Australian citizens and visa holders from Afghanistan. A KC-30A departed Amberley for Australia’s main operating base in the Middle East and will commence refuelling operations in support of the wider US-led operation later this week. Two C-17A Globemasters will also depart for the Middle East later this week.

A Royal Australian Air Force C130-J Hercules aircraft arrives at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland, to transfer passengers onto an awaiting KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft to support evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. (Photo by Australian Government Department of Defence)

The situation in Afghanistan remains highly volatile and dangerous. The Australian Defence Force is taking all necessary precautions to protect its people and those authorised for evacuation. The mission will be constantly assessed against the latest developments. Australia’s evacuation efforts are being closely coordinated with international partners.

A KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft takes off at RAAF Base Amberley bound for the Middle East to support evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. (Photo by Australian Government Department of Defence)