Operation AZURE is the deployment of ADF personnel to the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).
The ADF contingent of 17 includes six military observers and 11 other personnel who specialise in air movements, aviation safety and logistic support.
The UN Security Council authorised establishment of UNMIS on 24 March 2005, after the government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end a civil war that had lasted more than 20 years. UNMIS supports implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and assists with protection of civilians.
Australia's contribution to UNMIS under Operation AZURE has temporarily transitioned to the new UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), pending agreement on an enduring contribution to UNMISS between the UN and the Australian Government.
Operation AZURE is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Craig Delaney.
The ADF previously maintained a commitment of eight personnel to the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) under Operation Hedgerow.