Defence continues to support Operation Bring Them Home, the AFP led Whole of Government response to the tragic loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.
As announced by Dutch Prime Minister Rutte and the Prime Minister's Special Envoy, Air Chief Marshal Houston (Ret'd) on 6 August,the initial phase of the police mission to recover remains by the MH17 crash site has now concluded.
Defence support to the Dutch-led police-led International Mission for the Protection of the Investigation into the MH17 disaster has included:
Two RAAF C-17A Globemaster aircraft with planning and support staff operating from Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Defence planning and liaison staff working with their Dutch and Malaysian partners in The Hague.
Liaison, communication and support staff that have supported the international mission in Ukraine.
Defence also deployed a strategic Aero-Medical Evacuation team and surgical capability and pre-positioned appropriate force elements in Europe to support Operation Bring Them Home if required.
Additional RAAF C-17A Globemaster and KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft have moved personnel and equipment to the Netherlands from Australia.