East Timor - 16 September 1999 to 23 February 2000
The ADF's contribution to the United Nations mandated multinational force to address the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in East Timor. After supporting the UN-sponsored referendum on self-determination in Aug 99, units of the Australian Defence Force were deployed to Indonesian occupied Timor in September 1999, as the leading force in the International Force East Timor (INTERFET). INTERFET troops operated in Timor from September 1999 until the handover to the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in February 2000.
While a small contribution, the unit provided linguists and a Close Protection Team to provide security for the large media contingent operating in East Timor throughout the initial months of the operation.