Navy officer on UN mission

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Location(s): Jerusalem, Israel

Lieutenant Tim Stroud is a Naval Police Coxswain officer and is deployed as part of the 12-member contingent for Operation Paladin which contributes to the UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel. (photo: Unknown)
Lieutenant Tim Stroud is a Naval Police Coxswain officer and is deployed as part of the 12-member contingent for Operation Paladin which contributes to the UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel.

Lieutenant Tim Stroud admits overlooking the desert landscape of Lebanon as part of a United Nations mission is not where most people would expect to find a Navy officer.

The Naval Police Coxswain officer is deployed as part of the 12-member contingent for Operation PALADIN which contributes to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel.

He joined more than 60 other Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to United Nations Operations in Afghanistan (for the Assistance Mission) as well as Operations PALADIN (Israel and Lebanon) and ASLAN (South Sudan) marking the United Nations International Day of Peacekeepers on 29 May.

The day honours the memory of the 3,400 United Nations personnel who have lost their lives in the cause of peace since 1948 in acts of violence, accidents or disease. 

The normally Canberra-based officer said it was an interesting and challenging 12-month deployment but one which he had sought for some years. 

“It is an interesting environment to be deployed to especially considering the heavy contribution of Army personnel to what is a land-based task,” he said. 

“My role is to observe, monitor, report and/or investigate all incidents that are or could lead to a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

"I am to liaise with appropriate civilian authorities as well as Israeli Defence Force and Lebanese Armed Forces on the ground in order to maintain situational awareness and to defuse tension. 

“It is a complex operation but not dissimilar to the types of activities navy undertakes for constabulary operations around the world as part of a combined force."

The United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation was established in 1948 to supervise the truce agreed at the conclusion of the first Arab/Israeli War. 

Since 1956, members of the Australian contingent have been employed in a variety of roles, including staff officers in the headquarters in Jerusalem and as military observers throughout the region.

Read more: http://www.defence.gov.au/Operations/MiddleEast http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/operations/pkday.shtml