Australia's defense agency reportedly needs at least $47 million to ship home remaining soldiers based at Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan as well as equipment used for operations. Australia is one of the countries that sent soldiers in the region in 2005 but since conflicts have already gone down, all its forces are required to leave and its base remediated so it could be returned to Afghan control. However, thousands of equipment are paid for by Australian taxpayers should also be brought home and it's no easy job.
Earlier last year, Australia's defense already started sending home equipment by air-lift but there are still more than 2000 vehicles, 1300 Drehtainer armored shipping containers, radar systems and supplies needed to be shipped by sea or by air. Basically, a huge portion of the $47 million the defense agency is asking for would be spent for transportation operations for all equipment to be brought home.
Australian Defence Force Brigadier Darren Naumann, director-general for defence capital facilities and infrastructure, said the site needed remediation so the base could be returned to Afghan control, Big Pond News reported Monday.
No one actually expected that Australia will send considerably huge number of soldiers in Afghanistan. A smaller based became a huge infrastructure to hold Australian operations in the region as well as defend its soldiers and equipment from attacks. That is the reason why a huge amount of money is needed to bring home the remaining Australian property.
A public hearing will be done in Melbourne on Wednesday for the granting of $47 million.