This is the text of a media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill, detailing Defence support in Aceh.
DEFENCE SUPPORT TO TSUNAMI RELIEF IN ACEH
Defence Minister Senator Robert Hill today confirmed that the Health Support Company (Field Hospital) which recently deployed to Indonesia will be based in Banda Aceh, following a request from Indonesian authorities.
“Following the destruction of virtually all infrastructure, it is crucial that Australia not only provides support, but provides the right type support in the right places. The Health Support Company will provide essential medical support in the area where it is needed most,” Senator Hill said.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has also sent a small team of specialists to assist in the establishment and operation of an air operations centre. The centre will streamline the flow of urgently needed aid by reducing congestion and coordinating air movements.