ADF assists the United Nations’ mission in Afghanistan
3 March 2014
The ADF is assisting the United Nations in their support Afghanistan’s Presidential and Provincial Council elections in April 2014. It has been provided through the ADF’s Operation Nostos, the operation supporting the transition, remediation and redeployment of surplus Australian equipment and stores from Afghanistan.
A request from the United Nations Assistance Mission Afghanistan could not be better timed.
Air Commodore Hayden Marshall is coordinating Operation Nostos.
“What we have gifted to the UN’s mission is a collection of relocatable buildings and office containers which will assist their support to the Afghan electoral process,” he said.
“The UN came to us and asked the question and it was particularly nice timing as we had a number of appropriate buildings at Camp Baker in Kandahar which we were ready to let go”.
The United Nations Assistance Mission Afghanistan’s Chief of Mission Support, Vincent Smith visited Camp Baker to evaluate the buildings and surplus stores.
“What we have is a budget which comes from the member states, so instead of using those funds for certain essential elements, if we are able to acquire things for free, effectively that means we can channel that money into other areas”, Mr. Smith said.
“It is extremely generous for the Australian military to offer to donate to the United Nations Assistance Mission Afghanistan.”
Camp Bakers’s logistics annex proved to be a veritable treasure trove for the United Nations.
“We are able to provide the UN support across a broad range of areas. Some of the equipment we are looking to handover are residual items out of Multi National Base – Tarin Kot and some of it has been removed from Camp Baker,” Air Commodore Marshall said.
“You name it, we want it; containers, office equipment, accommodation in general. It really is one of those strange things, you don’t know you need it until you actually need it,” Vincent Smith said.