Op SLIPPER II
Afghanistan - August 2005 to ongoing
The ADF's contribution to the international campaign against terrorism in Afghanistan.
Australia’s military contribution to Afghanistan formed part of the Government’s comprehensive approach to supporting international efforts to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a safe-haven for terrorism. In August 2005 a Special Forces Task Group (SFTG) was deployed to Afghanistan for a period of 12 months and saw the completion of three successive rotations. The unit was awarded the Unit Citation for Gallantry for its actions during Op SLIPPER, August 2005 to September 2006.
On the withdrawal of the SFTG in September 2006, Australia committed conventional forces for the reconstruction effort now under the NATO mandated International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF). The ISAF’s mission is to bring security, stability and prosperity to Afghanistan. This aims to prevent the country from again becoming a safe haven for international terrorists.
An Australian Special Operations Task Group (SOTG), which included a commando company-sized contribution from 4 RAR (Cdo), returned to Afghanistan to support ISAF's efforts. Since the renaming of the unit on 19 June 2009, the unit continues to deploy Commando capabilities to Op Slipper II.
For more information about the ADF's overall operations in Afghanistan, visit http://www.defence.gov.au/op/afghanistan/index.htm