TONGA

November 2006

The military deployment toTonga as part of the New Zealand-led combined military force was to support the Tongan Security Forces in stabilising law and order.  The 50 ADF personnel from A Coy 1 RAR linked up with the New Zealand Defence Force who were providing security to the Fau’amotu International Airport.  The Australians were to assist and work closely with the Tongan Security Forces and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Dept of Defence

Australian personnel unload equipment at Fau’amotu International Airport.

Lance Corporal James Long of 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) takes a GPS reference at the Australian HICOM in Nuku’ alofa. With him is Tongan Defence Service’s Warrant Officer Tounggeau Fahamokioa.

Private Scott Brown of 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) surveys the damage on the streets of Nuku’ alofa.

Australian National Commander in Tonga, Major Jim Hammett of 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR).

Private Eliesa Holaafolau of 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) in conversation with a Tongan Defence Service’s soldier during a joint patrol on the streets of Nuku’alofa. Private Eliesa Holaafolau lived in Tonga as a child.

Sharing a joke with Tongan mates is Private Josh Ogilivie of 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) during joint security operations in support of the Tongan Defence Service on the streets of Nuku’alofa.

Private Christopher Cathcart and Lance Corporal Andrew Grant of 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) during joint security operations in support of the Tongan Defence Service on the streets of Nuku’alofa.

Lance Corporal James Browne of 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) during joint security operations in support of the Tongan Defence Service, protecting the radio and television station.

Corporal Matthew Foreman of 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) speaks with a Tongan national helping with the restoration of essential services on the streets of Nuku’alofa.