Operation GATEWAY is the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) enduring contribution to the preservation of regional security and stability in South East Asia.

The ADF provides maritime surveillance patrols in the North Indian Ocean and South China Sea as part of this commitment.

Operating out of Royal Malaysian Air Force Base Butterworth, the operation is a key aspect of the Malaysia-Australia Joint Defence Program.

Australia’s commitment to Operation GATEWAY, including the number of personnel involved, varies periodically with each deployment.