The Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC) and its Queensland Chair, Ms Jennifer Robertson, hosted a private tour of HMAS Adelaide for a number of Brisbane’s business leaders who support employees serving in the Australian Defence Force.
“Reservists play a critical role in the defence and security of our great country and the support of the community, industry and employers ensures the success of the Defence Force’s important missions,” she said.
“It is with great pride that I ask you to join me today and take part in a tour which few civilians ever get to experience, to see firsthand the varied roles and significant responsibilities our Navy, Army and Air Force men and women undertake as part of their Defence roles,” Ms Robertson said.
The DRSC is established to promote the benefits of Reserve service to employers and the community, and create an effective link between the community, industry, employers, Reservists, the Australian Defence Force, and all levels of government.
The council strives to sustain and enhance the availability of the Reserve component of the ADF.
The tour was organised by Captain Adam Fairhurst, the Queensland State Manager of Defence Reserves Support (DRS). The Organisation provides a link between the ADF, employers and the community by facilitating working relationships between Reservists and their employers.
Guests included a number of key Queensland business leaders who support Defence Reservists and the work that DRSC does in the region. The respect the employers had for the men and women of the Australian Defence Force was immediately evident.
Mr Tom Wiley, Executive Chairman of publishing company Wiley, was blown away by the sheer scale of HMAS Adelaide, the capabilities of the ship and its crew.
“It was such a privilege to tour HMAS Adelaide and see firsthand the depth and capability of the men and women who serve on the ship.
“The enormity of their responsibilities and commitment to their work was profound.
“Many Australian businesses such as mine welcome reservists and recognise the benefits of the extensive training in specialised skills and leadership, not to mention the wonderful impact of the selflessness they bring to our company culture,” he said.
The Commanding Officer of HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Ley, welcomed the group and explained the various missions the ship undertakes and the many roles the crew perform, before detailing some of the recent ship movements as a part of Exercise SEA RAIDER.
The tour group, including a number of medical doctors, inspected the operating theatre and health capabilities on board.
An impromptu, but thoroughly detailed brief, was also given to guests by Royal Australian Navy reservist Captain Paul Luckin.
The morning finished off with a tour of the vehicle decks, where guests could inspect the inside of an MRH-90 helicopter, and see the tremendous number of M113s on board as part of the Army’s mechanised embarked force.