Statement on Afghanistan
16 August 2021
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 today (16 August 2021) 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.
The situation in Afghanistan remains highly volatile and dangerous.
Defence 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.
Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication,
Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT
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