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MEMBERS of the
Force have attended an
historic parade and cer-
emony commemorating one of the
most important days in East Timor's
East Timor Defence Force
(F-FDTL) soldiers were on parade for
the 36th anniversary of Falintil Day,
which recognises the formation of
the East Timor Liberation Army on
August 20, 1975.
The parade was reviewed by the
East Timorese President, Jose Ramos-
Held at the Government Palace in
Dili, the event was attended by inter-
national diplomatic and military per-
sonnel, including ISF Commander Col
Luke Foster and Deputy Commander,
New Zealand Lt-Col Chris Powell
An honoured guest at the parade
was former CDF Gen Peter Cosgrove
Gen Cosgrove is highly respected
in East Timor for his role leading the
Interfet mission in 1999.
The anniversary came as F-FDTL
personnel were working closer than
ever before with ISF troops.
East Timorese personnel joined
forces with the Australian and New
Zealand troops of the ISF's Anzac Coy
to battle a simulated insurgency for
As East Timor marks the 36th anniversary of Falintil's formation, Flt-Lt John McCourt joins
Anzac and East Timorese soldiers training together in counter-insurgency operations.
East Timor celebrates heroes
National pride: East Timorese soldiers raise the flag at the Falintil Day parade.
Honour guard: F-FDTL soldiers parade in Dili to mark Falintil Day, recognising the 36th anniversary of the formation of the East Timor Liberation Army.
Photos by Cpl Melina Mancuso
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joint training Exercise Tubaraun in
The exercise involved a beach land-
ing from HMAS Betano and a raid
on a land-based facility to detain and
New Zealand platoon com-
mander Lt Ross Bidlake said the
East Timorese soldiers lived, ate and
trained with their ISF counterparts
during the exercise.
"It was great to see them looking at
how we do things and we also learnt a
thing or two about how they go about
it," he said.
"The aim was to demonstrate that
we can work very effectively together
-- that we're both professional forces
and that we have the ability to cooper-
ate in a sophisticated manner."
HMAS Betano sailed from Darwin
for the exercise and hosted a series of
rehearsals and real-time drills, with
soldiers and military vehicles embark-
ing and disembarking from beaches in
Dili and Manatuto.
ISF commander Col Foster said Ex
Tubaraun was a classic example of the
ISF and F-FDTL working together for
security and stability in East Timor.
"The way the forces came together
in the spirit of professionalism and
mutual-respect was heartening and
augers well for the country's future,"
"Enhancement of the ongoing
relationship between our respective
armed forces is important and reflects
the good work being undertaken
by the ADF's Defence Cooperation
The 36th anniversary parade also
marked the official demobilisation of
Falintil, with a ceremonial handing
over of the force's guerrilla arms by
Falintil's former supreme commander,
East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana
Gusmao, to F-FDTL Commander Maj-
Gen Taur Matan Ruak.
Maj-Gen Taur Matan Ruak said the
demobilisation of Falintil honoured the
country's independence fighters
(retd) at the
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