Defence SA Tour RAAF Base Edinburgh

Earlier this month, the Defence SA team headed out to RAAF Base Edinburgh for a tour of the facility. Below is an account of the day by Reg Carruthers, Executive Director, Defence Industry and Space

We acknowledge that the areas visited by the Defence SA team are on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people, and we pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

It has been quite a while since many of the team at Defence SA have visited Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Edinburgh. With much of the state’s the focus being on Naval shipbuilding in recent years, we decided it was time to re-educate our team on the amazing developments and capabilities at Edinburgh. With the release of the Defence Sector Strategy 2030 highlighting Information Warfare as a key growth area reflecting the intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) precinct, P8 Poseidon, Triton, Sky Guardian, Peregrine, the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), space and of course the existing and growing Army presence, we realised it was time for a road trip!

The Defence SA team board the coach, coffees in hand, en route to RAAF Base Edinburgh. (Photo: Caroline George)

It is critical that our team has an understanding of what is happening on the base to ensure that the industry and workforce is in place to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) presence in the South Australia.

The Senior ADF Office (SADFO) Air Commodore Rogers willingly accepted our request for a visit. His visits team and base commanders from Army and RAAF pulled together a fantastic program to show us all the Army and Air Force capabilities, facilities and new additions to the bases domestic areas. From arrival at the security gate and issue of passes to herding the cats – I mean, staff – through the program, the ADF staff welcomed us and proudly demonstrated all the equipment and technology that we routinely read about but rarely get to see.

The team receive a briefing on the latest in Army technology. (Photos: Laura Telford, Madison White)

The morning saw the team visit the Army lines with 7RAR and 1 Armoured demonstrating weapons, radios, drones, tanks and various armoured vehicles from the brand new Hawkei to the Vietnam era Armoured Personnel Carriers. The young soldiers dressed in camouflage and all sorts of weapons from rifles to anti-tank missiles were engaging and posed for photos with our enthralled team. Our Marketing and Communicat