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April 11, 2013
MULTINATIONAL Base Tarin Kot is set to
close at the end of the year, the International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has decided.
The announcement came only days after
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown visited ADF
personnel on the base on March 18 and 19.
CDF GEN David Hurley said troops would
start removing equipment and collapsing
areas of the camp not being handed to Afghan
units, after the move was announced by the
Australian government on March 26.
"With the national training mission,
Afghanistan is moving another kandak into
Tarin Kot," GEN Hurley said.
"They will take over some of the facilities
so we don't have to pull those down, just clean
them up and hand them over."
He said a number of portable accommoda-
tion buildings would be sent to the Afghan
National Officer Academy in Kabul.
"And then we'll have to collapse all the life
support utilities in the camp and clean those up
and remediate those to the appropriate stand-
ards," he said.
"On top of that, obviously [we'll be] mov-
ing back equipment by both container over
the road through Pakistan, or by air back to
Defence Minister Stephen Smith said
ISAF's decision to draw down and close
the base was made after consultation with
Australia, which currently leads Combined
Team Uruzgan, and Afghan authorities.
The closure was also in line with the time-
table to transition to full Afghan-led security
responsibility in Uruzgan province by the end
"We've always said that we thought that in
Uruzgan we were further advanced than other
districts or provinces," Mr Smith said.
"So we started transitioning in Uruzgan in
the middle of last year. There are some prov-
inces or districts which won't commence tran-
sition until the middle of this year."
With the closure of Multinational Base
Tarin Kot, the majority of Australia's troops
will come home from Afghanistan.
The ADF role in Uruzgan will continue as
at present until the end of this year.
In 2014, the ADF will focus on a train-
ing role at the Afghan National Army Officer
Academy in Kabul with our British and New
In Kandahar, the ADF will continue to pro-
vide training assistance to the 205 Corps of the
Afghan National Army.
Mr Smith said Australia was ready to help
train, advise and assist the Afghan National
Security Forces after 2014.
Under an appropriate mandate, Australia
would also be prepared to make a special forc-
es contribution, either for training or for coun-
ter terrorism purposes.
During AIRMSHL Brown's visit to the
base last month, he met Air Force joint termi-
nal air controllers, airmen from the Security
Force, Special Operations Task Group soldiers,
Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Group sol-
diers and Role 2E medical facility personnel.
He said he wanted to thank the ADF mem-
bers for their work and was impressed by how
they all went about their business.
"At every unit I visited I saw an enormous
amount of enthusiasm and professionalism in
all the people," AIRMSHL Brown said.
"For me it was a real highlight of the trip
and it shows the training we do in Australia is
being validated on operations.
"I'm proud of what our people are doing
here [in Tarin Kot]."
Tarin Kot base to close
UP-CLOSE AT TARIN KOT: Australian Army Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Group Warrant
Officer Flight Instructor, WO2 Bill Armstrong, left kneeling, briefs CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown
on the vehicle at Multinational Base Tarin Kot during CAF's visit to the base.
Photo: WO2 Andrew Hetherington
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