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Australia Opens New Special Forces Training Facility

The Governor-General, His Excellency MAJ GEN Michael Jeffery, AC, CVO, MC, officially opened the new Special Forces Training Facility (SFTF) at Holsworthy Barracks today.

The Governor-General was joined by the Minister for Defence the Hon Dr. Brendan Nelson MP as they inspected the new facilities and farewelled Sydney-based members of the Special Operations Task Group preparing to deploy into Oruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper.

The new SFTF, valued at $94 million, will be one of only four of its kind in the world providing leading-edge training to counter-terrorism forces.

The new facilities will include indoor and outdoor multi-level electronic and live firing ranges as well as a variety of training environments for 4 RAR Commando.

The facilities will be used to train for counter-terrorism scenarios and other specific Special Forces roles.

Australia’s Special Forces are among the best in the world and this is due not only to their skill and professionalism but also their supplies, equipment and training facilities.

The new SFTF is part of a larger project that will see the construction of new office accommodation and an upgrade of infrastructure at Holsworthy Barracks.

Governor-General Opens Special Forces Training Facility at Holsworthy