Rear Admiral Clint Thomas, Commander Joint Logistics, has been honoured with in the official naming of the upgraded Joint Logistics Unit - West facility at HMAS Stirling.
Approximately 120 Defence personnel, contractors and members of the wider community attended a naming ceremony on 21 August.
Prior to the naming, Mr Shaun Nannup representing the Noongar people from the Wadjuck area, performed the traditional welcome to country ceremony.
The ceremony represented the culmination of five years of combined effort by Defence and Industry partners to transform the Defence Logistics network under the Defence Logistics Transformation Program.
While not the largest of the program's infrastructure projects, the upgrade involved 21 tonnes of structural steel, 366 cubic metres of concrete and work from almost 600 people sourced from the local region.
Commanding Officer of the Unit, Commander Sean Noble, outlined the Unit's impressive track record of providing quality customer-focussed logistics support in the Western region which will continue as it prepares to support Defence capability needs in the future.
“We are a truly joint unit with three services working side by side with public servants and our partners, Linfox, Transfield and Serco," Commander Noble said.
“Our relationship is built on trust and customer focused achievement, we have great facilities upon which to launch or efforts into the future.”
Air Commodore Christine Tolson, the Director General of the Defence Supply Chain, explained that the ceremony was the sixth facility dedication over a thirteen month period.
“The new facilities at both at Stirling and at the Palmer Barracks in Guildford, will underpin our ability to enhance the efficiency of operations in the West, realising productivity and other benefits in how we deliver logistics support to Defence training and operations,” Air Commodore Tolson said.
“As we name this complex in honour of the Commander of Joint Logistics, Rear Admiral Clint Thomas, I note this is the only complex in this comprehensive overhaul to be named in honour of a Naval Officer and we do so in recognition of his significant and ongoing contributions to Defence Logistics.”
Rear Admiral Thomas thanked those involved with the implementation and construction of the new facilities.
“I congratulate everyone for their contribution and hard work to ensure the program has been such a tremendous success, in particular our industry partners, and the stakeholders from all three services who have provided outstanding support to the program,” Rear Admiral Thomas said.
“I thank you sincerely for all your efforts in achieve this milestone, it goes without saying that this has been a magnificent team effort.”