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 SLIPPER and MANITOU  at Australia’s main logistics base in the MER.

Operation SLIPPER

Operation SLIPPER is Australia's military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, maritime security in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) and countering piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

Under Operation SLIPPER, Australian Defence Force personnel contribute to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Following the end of Australia’s mission in Uruzgan province and the significant draw down in troop numbers, Operation SLIPPER will split into three separate operations from mid-year to more accurately reflect the nature of Australia’s military contribution.

Under the operational changes, which take effect from July 1, the ADF’s commitment in Afghanistan will continue under Operation SLIPPER. The contribution to maritime security operations in the MEAO and counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden will be conducted under Operation MANITOU. Supporting operations in neighbouring Gulf States will be conducted under Operation ACCORDION.

In 2014, there are about 400 Australian Defence Force personnel advising and training the Afghan National Security Forces, and approximately 800 personnel providing support from locations within the broader Middle East Area of Operations, including our maritime commitment. There is a continuing role for the RAAF in a range of areas.

Operation OKRA

Operation OKRA is the Australian Defence Force's contribution to the international effort to combat the ISIL terrorist threat in Iraq. Australia's contribution is being closely coordinated with the Iraqi 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.