Operation Sumatra Assist, Combined Joint Task Force 629 patch : Major P F Cambridge, Australian Defence Force
Circular red, white and black embroidered patch featuring the words 'OPERATION SUMATRA ASSIST CJTF 629', bordering a design of a pair of clasped hands, over an outline of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.
Operation Sumatra Assist was the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) contribution to disaster relief in Indonesia following the 2004 Boxing Day earthquake and tsunami. The ADF dispatched initial emergency supplies and personnel within 36 hours of the disaster. A clean water supply was established within days by Army engineers and the ANZAC Field Hospital began operation with ADF and New Zealand Defence Force medical personnel playing a significant role in averting a major outbreak of disease.
This colour patch belonged to Major Piers Cambridge who served in the city of Banda Aceh between December 2004 and May 2005.