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U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Announces New Support for F-FDTL and Joint Rehabilitation of Baucau Airport

U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Announces New Support for F-FDTL and Joint Rehabilitation of Baucau Airport

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DILI, 04 february 2023 (TATOLI) – Admiral John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, announced new U.S. Indo-Pacific $4.5 million support for F-FDTL Air Component operations and the joint rehabilitation of the Baucau airport during a visit to Dili.

The support includes an automated weather station, ambulance, forklift, and spare parts and training; and $1 million in foreign military financing at the request of the Government of Timor-Leste to purchase small firearms to advance the professional capabilities of the F-FDTL.

“Our longstanding security cooperation helps Timor-Leste strengthen its ability to better monitor key territory, and respond to natural disasters. We share a common vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region where governments can make their own sovereign choices and where shared domains are governed lawfully.” Adm Aquino said in a statement seen by TATOLI.

The United States has also committed a total of over $23 million to jointly rehabilitate the Baucau Airport with the Government of Timor-Leste. 

“In 2022, the United States and Timor-Leste completed the first phase of the rehabilitation by securing the airport through a new fence, constructing a storage warehouse for the F-FDTL Air Component, and providing new airport support equipment, including fuel and firetruck. This year, the United States and Timor-Leste will begin the second phase of the joint rehabilitation by re-striping the runway, installing solar-powered runway lights, and constructing a Cessna hanger. In mid-2023, the United States will provide the F-FDTL with a state-of-the-art Cessna surveillance aircraft,”

In addition, the United States also conducts three annual military exercises with the F-FDTL and hosts numerous service members in the United States for English language and professional military education. 

The U.S. Navy Seabees have also constructed or rehabilitated over 100 projects, including clinics and schools valued at over $60 million throughout Timor-Leste. 

The United States through U.S. Indo-Pacific Command also provided over $2.3 million for the construction of new health facilities in Dili, Baucau, and Batugade to strengthen Timor-Leste’s long-term health security.

 

TATOLI

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