Australia, U.S. renew logistics agreement

18:21, April 27, 2010      

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Australia and the United States on Tuesday renewed an agreement allowing deployed Australian forces to exploit the vast logistics capability of the American military.

The agreement also allowed U.S. forces on operations to make use of Australian logistics.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said the Australia-United States Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) was a treaty level arrangement and the principal means for cooperative logistics support between the U.S. and Australia.

Since its inception, the agreement had ensured supply support and services to Australian and U.S. forces deployed to all parts of the world wherever they were operating together, Houston said.

That included mutual support during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Houston said the agreement had also played a significant role in major exercises such as the Talisman Sabre series conducted biennially between Australia and the U.S.

"Renewing today the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement demonstrates the continuing strength and practical application of our long-standing alliance," Houston said in a statement.

"I am pleased that General Cartwright and I have been able to renew an agreement that provides the foundation for the important work of our military logisticians."

The longstanding deal was renewed at a short ceremony in Canberra, attended by Defense head Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston and U.S. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General James Cartwright.

The agreement will come into effect once approved by the U.S. congress and Australian parliament.



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