Naval Component East Timor T-shirt : Lieutenant D J Perryman, RAN

Place Asia: East Timor
Accession Number REL32377
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Polyester; Cotton
Maker Unknown
Date made c 2000
Conflict East Timor, 1999-2013

Dark blue polyester cotton T-shirt produced for members of the Naval Component Command, East Timor. On the front of the shirt is a screen printed white dove of peace flying over a green map of Timor on a round blue background with the words 'INTERNATIONAL FORCE EAST TIMOR PEACE' in green, on a yellow circle, around the blue. Above, in green, is 'INTERFET'. On the back is an image, in grey, of an amphibious fish emerging from the water, surrounded by the words, in light blue, 'NAVAL COMPONENT EAST TIMOR ADAPT IMPROVISE OVERCOME'.

History / Summary

Souvenir T-shirt produced for members of the Naval Component Command, East Timor. The design on the back was drawn by Chief Petty Officer Peter Hancock, and was intended to reflect the unusual circumstances experienced by the unit ashore. This T-shirt belonged to Lieutenant Duncan John Perryman, who was a member of the component. Perryman served in East Timor as part of the International Force East Timor (INTERFET) in 1999-2000. On 15 September 1999 the UN Security Council authorised a multi-national peace enforcement mission in East Timor, to restore peace and security and to facilitate humanitarian relief efforts.

7000 troops led by Australia secured East Timor, with the exception of the Oecusse enclave, which was secured in mid October 1999. International relief efforts were put in place and displaced people were permitted to return to their communities. Indonesian forces were withdrawn from East Timor. On 20 October 1999 the Indonesian Parliament resolved to formally ratify East Timor's separation from Indonesia allowing the UN Security Council to approve the establishment of a UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).