Australian governor-general makes surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan

14:00, April 23, 2010      

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Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce on Friday paid a surprise visit to Australian troops in southern Afghanistan, Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

Bryce flew from Dubai then dropped in on Australian personnel at Tarin Kowt and Kandahar Airfield. In Tarin Kowt, Bryce had lunch with soldiers from the First Mentoring Task Force, addressing them in the main recreational area at the base.

"I want you to know how much it means for me to be here today as we approach Anzac Day," Bryce told AAP. "To have this opportunity to express to you my admiration and respect for what you do and what you stand for, I want you to know that you are so often in my thoughts."

In Kandahar, the governor-general met personnel from the rotary wing group who operated two CH-47 Chinook helicopters plus those who operated the Heron unmanned surveillance aircraft.

Source: Xinhua


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