United Nations Transitional Authority - Cambodia

11 May 1992

A 30-strong Movement Control Group (MCG) from the Australian Defence Force, including seven Air Force members, joined the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC). At full strength, UNTAC was to comprise about 22 000 military and civilian personnel from 32 countries, who were required to secure a ceasefire and help disarm the warring parties before free elections could be held in 1993. The deployment of UNTAC involved the largest ADF commitment overseas since the Vietnam War, principally in a 488-strong Force Communications Unit (FCU), including 18 Air Force communications operators and radio technicians, which was spread out across 60 locations throughout Cambodia.