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Australia closes Afghan logistics base

18th November 2015 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has closed Camp Baker in Southern Afghanistan, following the end of mission for the Australian-led 205th Corps Advisory Team, the camp's final custodians.

Located within the Kandahar Airfield complex, Camp Baker served as the ADF's main logistics and support base in Southern Afghanistan from its establishment in March 2006, through to 1 October this year. 

The camp’s retrograde has seen 68 aircraft pallets, eight Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles, two Mack trucks, one 20-tonne trailer and 135 personnel flown out from Kandahar Airfield throughout October. 

Camp Baker’s first role was to house the ADF’s Aviation Support Element, consisting of a detachment of two CH-47D Chinook helicopters from C Squadron, 5th Aviation Regiment. 

Over the next ten years the camp also provided a home to the Royal Australian Air Force Heron UAS detachment and the Mobile Control and Reporting Unit. Elements of the Special Operations Task Group and medical staff embedded within the Kandahar surgical hospital were also based at the camp. 

Australia has shifted to a nationally-oriented mission in Afghanistan, providing mentoring and advisory support to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. 

Six Australian personnel remain at Kandahar Airfield, embedded in the NATO Resolute Support, Train Advise Assist Command–South (TAAC-S). They will continue to provide an advise-and-assist touch point with Afghan National Army’s 205th Corps until the end of the TAAC-S mission. 

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