Middle East
Operations Middle East
Air Force Involvement


Operation ACCORDION's mission is to support the sustainment of Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations, enable contingency planning and enhance regional relationships in the Middle East Region (MER).
Around 400 ADF personnel work under Operation ACCORDION providing support to Operations at Australia’s main logistics base in the MER.

Operation HIGHROAD

January 1, 2015 marked the start of Operation HIGHROAD, Australia's new train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan.
The change marks the end of Operation SLIPPER, which has been Australia’s commitment to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan for the past 13 years.
The new operation is in line with the NATO-led mission transitioning from a combat role to Operation RESOLUTE SUPPORT; a train, advise, assist mission. Importantly, the transition also recognises that the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have now taken the lead for all combat operations.

About 400 Australian personnel are deployed on Operation HIGHROAD, including embed positions with the NATO led mission, mentoring and advisory roles, medical, force protection and logistic support.
The new NATO-led Operation RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission will be directed at the ministerial (defence and interior), institutional levels, and at the higher command level of the Afghan security forces.

Operation OKRA

Operation OKRA is the Australian Defence Force's contribution to the international effort to combat the ISIL terrorist threat in Iraq and Syria. Australia's contribution is being closely coordinated with the Iraqi and Syrian government, Gulf nations and a broad coalition of international partners.

Around 600 ADF personnel have deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation OKRA. These personnel make up the Air Task Group (ATG)  and the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG).

Approximately 400 personnel have been assigned to the ATG and approximately 200 personnel are assigned to the SOTG.

For more information and imagery links go to the Department of Defence website's Operation OKRA page

Aircraft involved include F/A-18F Super Hornets, a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport and an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft.