RAAF deploys patrol aircraft to keep tabs on North Korea

By Robert Dougherty

The Royal Australian Air Force has deployed a P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft on airborne surveillance around North Korea.

The deployment is part of Operation Argos to enforce United Nations Security Council sanctions on North Korea and deter illegal ship-to-ship transfers of sanctioned goods in the region.

Joint Operations Chief Lieutenant General Greg Bilton said Australia has deployed RAAF maritime patrol aircraft on 11 occasions and RAN vessels eight times in support of the operation since 2018.

“Operation Argos reinforces Australia’s commitment to nuclear non-proliferation and directly contributes to maintaining the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region alongside our partner nations,” he said.

“Australia remains committed to enforcing UN Security Council sanctions and our own sanctions against North Korea.

“This operation is Australia’s contribution to a multinational effort, alongside Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States, who all conduct operations in support of UN Security Council resolutions.”



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