East Timor Defence Force
Commander of the International Stabilisation Force (ISF) Colonel Simon Stuart stands with East Timor Defence Force (F-FDTL) Ready Company Soldiers after the raid on Manatuto Prison. The raid was conducted as part of a major exercise.
A major multi-lateral exercise climaxed in East Timor yesterday (25 June 10) when a multinational force raided Manatuto Prison.
US Marines, Australian and New Zealand soldiers of the International Stabilisation Force (ISF) and the East Timor Defence Force (F-FDTL) concentrated on the prison in the country’s east for two raids that tested interoperability and operational planning.
The prison raids culminated with an assault by F-FDTL, ISF and US Marines, including air support from the USS Peleliu and the Timor Leste Aviation Group (TLAG).
More than 100 F-FDTL soldiers participated in the MARINE EXERCISE 10 (MAREX 10), also called EXERCISE CROCODILE.
The Exercise focused on professional development and arms corps advice to the F-FDTL. It also included community support activities such as engineering, medical and community relations programs.
The participating Marines landed from USS Peleliu and comprised the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15 MEU).
The ISF personnel included Australian soldiers of 8/9 Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (8/9 RAR) and 2/1 Battalion, the Royal New Zealand Regiment (2/1 RNZR).