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Defence minister impressed by ADF Middle East operations

The Assistant Defence Minister has recently visited RAAF Glenbrook."

Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews has expressed how impressed he was by Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations in the Middle East on a recent trip.

Mr Andrews had the opportunity to accompany Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a trip in early January, one that coincided with troops in the region wrapping up operations to return home.

"This was my first opportunity as Minister for Defence to visit Australian Defence Force personnel deployed on operations and I was deeply impressed by their professionalism in carrying out often extremely dangerous tasks in the service of this country," Mr Andrews said.

Both Mr Andrews and the prime minister were also able to meet Al-Abadi, the prime minister of Iraq. The meeting was an opportunity for both Australian visitors to confirm their commitment to the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

In addition to this, they also visited the Royal Australian Air Force Air Task Group (ATG) currently on station in the region, and were able to observe the F/A‑18F Super Hornet, E-7A Wedgetail and KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft.

"While the technical capability of the aircraft is significant, I was most impressed with the quality and commitment of the Air Task Group personnel who are making a key contribution to supporting the Iraqi forces," the Minister said.

"While I have always admired the capability and dedication of Defence personnel, I was humbled by the service and sacrifice of the men and women I met during this visit." 

Further visits from the Australian leadership are a certainty as long as ISIL remains a significant entity in the Middle East.

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