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Wednesday 22 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga had decided to remain in Afghanistan for two more years until December 2014 under a NATO-led mission, but a review would be held after the first year in December 2013, the Acting Commander of the Tonga Defence Services Captain Toni Fonokalafi said today.
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Wednesday 6 June 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga had yet to decide whether to remain in Afghanistan until December 2014 or not, Brigadier Tau'aika 'Uta'atu, Commander of the Tonga Defence Services said on June 6.
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Tuesday 5 June 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano attended the 11th Asia-Pacific Defence Summit "Shangri-La Dialogue" that was held from June 1-3, in Singapore.
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Friday 25 May 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's third contingent of 55 soldiers returned safely to Tonga after six-months duty in Afghanistan and were greeted by happy families at the Fua'amotu International Airport, on May 25.
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Wednesday 21 March 2012

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Captain Toni Fonokalafi (57) of the Tonga Defence Services, received a French National Defence Medal in recognition of his work in strengthening the relations between the Tongan and the French Defence Ministries.
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Thursday 15 March 2012

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's fourth contingent of 55 marines to Afghanistan departed Fua'amotu International Airport for the United Kingdom this afternoon, March 15, 2012.
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Saturday 10 December 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's second contingent of 55 soldiers returned safely to Tonga after six-months duty in Afghanistan and were greeted by happy families at the Fua'amotu International Airport, on December 9.
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Friday 11 November 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
British Campaign Medals were today awarded to Tonga's first contingent of 55 soldiers who were deployed to Afghanistan at the end of 2010.
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Thursday 29 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's third contingent to Afghanistan will depart Fua'amotu International Airport for the United Kingdom on Saturday, October 1.
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Tuesday 23 August 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 100 combined military personnel from the United States Marines, French Marines and the Tongan Defence Services platoon marched from Masefield Naval Base to Pangai Lahi, marking the end of the Tafakula 2011 Military Exercise in Tongatapu today, August 23.
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Thursday 11 August 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
French marines have joined Tonga's Tafakula 2011 military exercise for the first time this year.
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Wednesday 29 June 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Major Loic Davaillon French Defence Attache to Fiji and Tonga visited Nuku'alofa to represent France in the planning meeting for the Military Exercise "Tafakula" to be held in Tongatapu in August.
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Friday 17 June 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
TONGA'S first contingent of 55 soldiers returned from six-months duty in Afghanistan last night, June 16 to an emotional welcome by families and friends at the Fua'amotu International Airport.
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Wednesday 15 June 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's first contingent of 55 soldiers who have been serving for six months at Helmand Province, Afghanistan will return to Tonga on Thursday, June 16.
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Wednesday 15 June 2011
New York, USA
CADET Officer Latu Vaha'i (24), of the Tonga Defence Services graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the prestigious United States Military Academy, West Point in New York in May.
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Wednesday 13 April 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's second contingent to Afghanistan departed Fua'amotu International Airport for the United Kingdom on an Air New Zealand commercial flight today Wednesday, April 13.
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Sunday 20 February 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Commander of the Tonga Defence Services Brigadier General Tau'aika 'Uta'atu, and Navy Commander Sione Fifita were bearers of good news from the 55 soldiers who are currently serving in Afghanistan to their wives, mothers, children and their loved ones who were at the TDS headquarter, Sene last Friday, February 18 to hear the latest news from Afghanistan.
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Sunday 23 January 2011
Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan
A contingent of 55 Royal Tongan Marines traveled from their tiny South Pacific island to help support the efforts of Regional Command Southwest's mission in Afghanistan. By Sgt. Shawn Coolman.
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Tuesday 30 November 2010
London, United Kingdom
Tonga's first contingent of 55 soldiers will be deployed into Afghanistan in mid-December to support a NATO-led International Security Armed Forces Mission (ISAF) there, after completing pre-deployment training in the United Kingdom.
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Monday 25 October 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's first contingent to Afghanistan left Fua'amotu International Airport for England on an Air New Zealand commercial flight at 10:00am this morning Monday, October 25.
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