Australia has significant and enduring scientific, environmental and economic interests in Antarctica and its offshore waters. Operation Southern Discovery is an ongoing peacetime operation in support of these national interests, with a focus on supporting civilian agencies and the Australian Antarctic Division in particular.

In this CoveTalk Wing Commander Ben Cullen, Commander Australian Contingent, discusses various aspects of the operation including areas of responsibility, working with international partners (military and civilian), dealing with extreme weather conditions, and the challenges of transportation by air, sea and land.


For some additional reading on Antarctica and the ADF have a look at: