Top End Defence personnel have celebrated the 25th birthday of the Joint Headquarters Northern Command in Darwin.
On the 1st of July 1988 the Headquarters Northern Command (HQNORCOM) was stood up as a Joint Force Command, predominantly orientated to land operations.
Today, the headquarters is home to the Joint Task Force (JTF) 639 and provides the vital command and control of ADF assets deployed in Operation RESOLUTE, the Defence contribution to Australia’s whole of government domestic maritime border security effort.
About 90 ADF personnel work at the headquarters; roughly half are Navy and a quarter each from Army and Air Force.
Chief of Staff, HQNORCOM, GPCAPT William Kourelakos said it was big job for a relatively small headquarters.
“These members bring their single service skills together to coordinate ships, aircraft and Army’s land based patrols to provide the required air, land and sea surveillance and response for approximately 10 per cent of the world’s surface, 365 days a year.”
“HQNORCOM also plays an important role maintaining a constant readiness to command ancillary operations in the north when appointed.”
In addition to the JTF 639, HQNORCOM also provides the coordination of Defence Aid to the Civil Community (DACC), such as cyclone relief and the Commander, Northern Command is the Senior Officer Northern Territory, responsible for engaging with the communities of the Northern Territory and the Kimberley and representing the Chief of the Defence Force in the region.