Operation ARGOS is the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) commitment to the international effort to enforce United Nations Security Council sanctions on North Korea until it takes concrete steps towards denuclearisation. The ADF contributes by monitoring and deterring illegal ship-to-ship transfers of sanctioned goods.

Enforcing sanctions supports the international community’s goal of the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea. United Nations Security Council sanctions limit North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum and crude oil, and its exports of coal, all of which are facilitated by such transfers.

Australia conducts periodic deployments in support of Operation ARGOS, with the number of personnel committed to the mission varying with each deployment. ADF assets that are periodically dedicated to Operation ARGOS for tasking include:

  • Royal Australian Naval Ships;
  • Royal Australian Air Force Maritime Patrol Aircraft