Antennas of Pine Gap image gallery

This gallery holds links to all images reproduced in Desmond Ball, Bill Robinson and Richard Tanter, The Antennas of Pine Gap, Nautilus Institute, Special Reports, 18 February 2016. Cover – high resolution image. Details of the antennas are listed in Table 1 in that paper. The antennas identification system in Table 1 and in the images […]

Kristian Laemmle-Ruff images of Pine Gap

We are deeply grateful to Kristian Laemle-Ruff who very generously gave us permission to reproduce his photographs of Pine Gap. Details of these images and information on the antennas in the photographs are available in The Antennas of Pine Gap and in the image gallery from that paper. Note that the small spheres across the upper […]

US ship visits to Darwin

See also Darwin Port Log of US Navy ship visits to Darwin, 2000 – 2014 (updated 1 April 2014) US Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Introduction Australian navy and visiting foreign navy ships normally berth at Fort Hill Wharf or occasionally at East Arm Wharf. Log of US Navy ship visits to Darwin, 2000 – 2014 (updated 1 April […]

Combined Task Force 150 and Operation OCEAN SHIELD

Introduction Australia has deployed Navy ships to US-led task groups in the Middle East since the Gulf War in 1990, principally in the western Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, and the Gulf of Aden. In addition, ADF personnel have been deployed to various multinational command and logistics facilities in the region. As of 2015, these […]

Introduction: Australia in Iraq 2014 –

In September 2014 the Australian government announced the deployment of an 600-person ADF contingent as part of a US-led coalition to attack Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) forces in Iraq. The deployment has subsequently expanded in size and in mission. The first deployment was made up of 400 personnel in an Air Task Group and 200 […]

al-Asad Air Base

Introduction Location: Anbar Province, near the city of al-Baghdadi. 33° 48′ 0″ N, 42° 26′ 0″ E 33.8, 42.433333 Wikimapia Coalition ground troops operating as trainers for Iraqi forces have been based at Al-Asad since 2014. In February 2015 320 US Marines were reportedly based at al-Asad, and in March 2015, the Australian government announced that 300 Australian specialist trainers would be […]

Camp Taji

Introduction Location: Camp Taji is located 30 kms north of Baghdad, at 33° 31′ 46″ N, 44° 16′ 39″ E (33.529444, 44.2775) in the rural district of Taji (التاجي). Originally a Republican Guard base, it is now a joint base for both Iraqi and foreign, principally United States, forces, as well as private security contractors.  In February 2015, New Zealand prime minister […]

Joint New Zealand-Australian training mission

Introduction On 24 February 2015, New Zealand prime minister John Key announced that up to 143 New Zealand troops would be sent to Iraq to help train Iraqi forces. Most would be deployed to Taji, he said, and would be part of a joint training mission with Australian forces. The head of the New Zealand […]

Baghdad Diplomatic Security Centre

Introduction In late November 2014, most of the 200 Australian Special Forces Task Group personnel were relocated from Al Minhad Air Base in the UAE to the Baghdad Diplomatic Security Centre in the Baghdad Airport Precinct. At that point the SATG was conducting assistance for close air support of Iraqi operations, and was preparing to move […]