Middle East
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Operations Middle East
Air Force Involvement

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.