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Australia assumes leadership of Combined Team - Uruzgan

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Minister for Defence - Australia assumes leadership of Combined Team - Uruzgan

18 October 2012

Today the Australian Defence Force officially assumed command of Combined Team - Uruzgan

(CT-U) at a transition of authority ceremony at Multi National Base — Tarin Kot, Afghanistan. At the

ceremony, the outgoing Commander of CT-U, United States Colonel Gerald E. Hadley, handed

command over to the new Australian Commander, Colonel Simon Stuart.

CT-U was established in August 2010 under United States command following the withdrawal of the

Dutch, with the role of commanding International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in

Uruzgan Province. The United States has had the leadership of CT-U since that time.

Australia sees leadership of the CT-U as part of the transition process through which security

responsibility will be transferred from ISAF to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

Leadership of the CT-U will help ensure that transition in Uruzgan over the coming 12 to 15 month

period is effected in a seamless way.

Australia has played a crucial role in preparing Uruzgan for transition of lead security responsibility

to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). The Australian Task Groups, Special Forces and the

Provincial Reconstruction Team in Uruzgan have worked closely with their International Security

Force (ISAF) and Afghan counterparts to improve security and build the capacity and confidence of

the ANSF.

Assuming leadership of CT-U will not require an increase in the overall average size of Australia’s

presence in Uruzgan.

Media note:

Images will be available from the Defence Imagery Gallery at:

SBS Television will provide pool vision of the transition of authority ceremony from Tarin Kot.

Media Contacts:

Mr Smith’s Office (02) 6277 7800

Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999