Photo by: CPL Bernard Pearson
Trooper (TPR) Tristan Martin and Corporal(CPL) Peter Akkerdyk, pipers from the 3rd 4th Cavarly Regiment, play pipes at the Memorial service to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
Battle Group Faithful members on Operation Astute in Dili, Timor Leste, conducted the memorial service to mark the anniversary of the Vietnam War battle.
The 3rd/4th Cavalry Regiment was involved at the Battle of Long Tan, and present-day members from Bravo Squadron, 3rd/4th Calvary Regiment, paid their respects to fallen comrades killed at the battle.
Operation Astute is the Australian Government's response to assist the Government of Timor Leste. The Joint Task Force is providing security and stability, has facilitated the evacuation of Australian and other approved foreign nationals, and is creating a secure environment for the conduct of successful dialogue to resolve the current crisis.
Approximately 2500 Australian Defence Force personnel are directly supporting the Australian Defence Force Response to the situation in Dili.
The Operation includes components from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force, working with other Australian Government agencies and elements from the New Zealand and Malaysian Defence Forces, as well as an arm of the Portuguese Police, the GNR, to assist the Government of Timor Leste to restore peace.