Operation SLIPPER was Australia’s military contribution to the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan, and the International Coalition against Terrorism mission across Afghanistan and the Middle East, which commenced in October 2001.
Since Australia commenced deployments to Afghanistan, over 33000 Australian Defence Force personnel, Australian Public Service employees and Australian Federal Police have deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations as part of the operation. The Prime Minister announced that a nation-wide commemoration activity marking the end of Operation SLIPPER will be held on Saturday 21 March 2015. A commemoration activity will be conducted in each State and Territory capital city and Townsville.
The end of Operation SLIPPER will be marked in the Brisbane CBD with a parade followed by a memorial service conducted on the grassed area of the Southbank Forecourt.
March route: The parade will march down Adelaide Street with an eyes right given at the Shrine of Remembrance and the saluting dais located at King George Square, left wheel down George Street, right wheel down Elizabeth Street, right wheel down William Street, left wheel across crossing North Quay and Victoria Bridge, then left wheel onto the grassed area of the Southbank Forecourt. Units will then be guided to form up to view the memorial service.
You can support the charities supporting the welfare and wellbeing of our service men and women, and their families through purchasing items from the Operation Slipper Welcome Home Commemorative Collection.
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