Operation Catalyst


Soldiers from the 6th Battalion of The Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR) in front of guard tower four at Camp Smitty. These soldiers make up the Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IMV) Platoon, a part of Combat Team Bravo (CBT-B). These 6RAR soldiers operate the Bushmaster IMVs that are located at Camp Smitty as part of Al Muthanna Task Group 3.

Pictured (front L-R): Corporal (CPL) Benjamin Smith, CPL Royce Blair, CPL Anthony Anderson, Private (Pte) Matthew Hart, Lance Corporal (LCPL) Daniel Keighran, Lieutenant (LT) Scott Toohey and Sergeant Adrian Ross. Middle (L-R): Pte Barton Mc Entee, Pte Jared Mackinney, Pte Graham Blake, Pte Steven Wilson (on ground), CPL Ryan Biss, Pte Tyron Casey and Pte Andrew Walker. Back Row: Pte Mitchell Standing (under antennae on left).

Deep Caption:

The Al Muthanna Task Group (AMTG 3) has two tasks, to provide a secure environment for the Japanese Iraq Reconstruction and Support Group (JIRSG) and to assist in the training of local Iraqi Army units so they are able to take over the internal and external defence of their country.

Operation Catalyst is the Australian Defence Force's (ADF's) contribution to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Iraq.

Operation Catalyst commenced on 16 July 2003 following on from Operation Falconer. Working with the Interim Iraqi Government, the ADF continues to contribute to Multinational Force efforts to develop a secure and stable environment in Iraq and assist national recovery programs.

Operation Catalyst currently comprises approximately 1400 Australian Defence Force personnel and runs concurrently with Operation Slipper, Australia’s contribution to the War on Terror.

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