Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies and Assistant Minister for Defence Darren Chester have officially opened the RAAF Base East Sale redevelopment, marking the culmination of the three year, $185 million construction project.
“RAAF Base East Sale was long overdue for new and upgraded facilities to meet both current and future training requirements,”Assistant Minister Chester said on October 8.
“This extensive redevelopment is also significant within the community for its considerable local economic benefits. As the local member I have had great personal satisfaction in witnessing the local construction industry directly benefiting from this extensive project.”
The redevelopment includes new and refurbished accommodation for RAAF personnel, training facilities, commercial facilities including a café and post office, and an air traffic control tower.
ADF basic flying training is set to be delivered from RAAF Base East Sale, after the Lockheed Martin Australia led Team 21 was named as the preferred tenderer for the new ADF pilot training system (Project AIR 5428) on September 6.
AIRMSHL Davies stated that the new facilities would set up East Sale for future needs.
“RAAF Base East Sale is a significant base for our officer training, and is the location of several specialised flight training schools,” he said. “These new and improved facilities will serve Air Force and our dedicated men and women for many years to come.”