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Wednesday 13 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Defence Services is now known as "His Majesty’s Armed Forces" and the Commander of the Tonga Defence Services renamed as "Chief of the Defence Staff".
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Wednesday 9 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
US Marines were angered by allegations first published in The Washington Post in April that troops from the Pacific island of Tonga were known to fall asleep while on post in the towers at Bastion. However, a US Central Command Memo has found that there was no evidence to suggest that was the case the night of the attack by Taliban insurgents in September 2012 on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. In fact, the Tongan guards had different guard procedures than the Marines and Tower 17, the one nearest to the breach point that had guards, did not have a good vantage point of it
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Monday 7 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When Taliban fighters infiltrated Camp Bastion between Towers 16 and 15 in September 2012, Tower 16 was not manned - and was not supposed to be manned by Tongans, Captain Toni Fonokalafi, the Acting Commander of the Tongan Armed Forces said, in answering criticism of Tongan soliders serving in Afghanistan that appeared in US news media, attributed to senior US military sources, last week.
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Wednesday 2 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan soldiers serving in Afghanistan have been criticized in US media reports this week, following a military investigation into security failures at Camp Bastion during an attack by Taliban insurgents last year.
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Thursday 19 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ika Moana 2013, a new multi-national maritime surveillance exercise, led by the Tonga Defence Services (Navy) to combat illegal fishing and crime at sea has over the past 10-days enforced law in Tonga's Exclusive Economic Zone. The surveillance could become an annual exercise after it ends on Friday, September 20.
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Friday 6 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s 7th contingent to Afghanistan left Tonga for the United Kingdom today, September 6, to undergo pre-deployment training for two-months.
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Friday 30 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, is on a two-day counterpart visit to Tonga to ensure a stronger bond and cooperation with the Tonga Defence Services.
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Tuesday 30 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s 13th and final military contingent deployed to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) returned to Tonga on Monday, July 29. RAMSI marked its 10th year anniversary last week in Honiara ending the military component of the mission from Participating Forces.
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Friday 10 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said security and stability in the Pacific is important to the United States, reflected in an ongoing strong commitment that would see them put more emphasis and more of their assets into the region. By Linny Folau.
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Thursday 9 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is making an official visit to Tonga May 9-10.
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Wednesday 1 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga and New Zealand today signed a Tonga-NZ Visiting Forces Agreement that will allow members of the New Zealand Defence Force to stay temporarily in Tonga and increase joint operation with the Tonga Defence Services.
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Friday 1 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's sixth contingent for Afghanistan left Tonga for the United Kingdom on Thursday, February 28.
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Monday 14 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seven officers of the Tonga Defence Services have successfully completed post-graduate studies from various universities.
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Thursday 22 November 2012
Fua'amotu, Tongatapu
In a special ceremony at Taliai Camp at Fua'amotu today, the United Kingdom Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan was awarded to Tonga's fourth contingent of 55 soldiers who served in Afghanistan this year, as well as some soldiers from the first three Tongan contingents. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Tuesday 20 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's fourth contingent of 55 soldiers to Afghanistan returned safely to Tonga on Friday 16 November, after six-months duty in Helmand Province, under a NATO led-mission. Medals of recognition will be presented to the contingent by Rt Hon. Andrew Robathan MP, the Minister of State for the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, at Taliai Camp, Fua'amotu, on Thursday 22 November.
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Wednesday 26 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the Australia-Tonga Defence Cooperation Talks 2012, held today in Nuku'alofa, Australia reaffirmed its continued assistance to the Tonga Defence Services through a number of projects, activities and exercises planned for the next 12 months.
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Tuesday 25 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The US Army Pacific Contingency Command Post from Hawaii is conducting a one-week exercise at the Tonga Defence Service's Taliai Camp, to deploy personnel and provide humanitarian and disaster relief assistance in times of crisis, if they are needed.
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Saturday 15 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan soldiers serving with security forces at Camp Bastion military compound in Afghanistan are safe today, after there was a complex attack by heavily armed insurgents on an area of the camp on Friday night, in which two U.S. Marines were killed and several more wounded.
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Friday 14 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano farewelled Tonga's fifth contingent to Afghanistan at Fua'amotu International Airport this afternoon, September 14.
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Tuesday 11 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's fifth contingent to Afghanistan is expected to leave Tonga for the United Kingdom on Friday, September 14.
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