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No.1 Combat Communication Squadron to relocate to Amberley

MOVING ON: (From left) Leading Aircraftsmen Shane Strickland, Jesse Smith, Shaun Helbig, Daniel Godlevsky and Luke Marsden, Corporal Liam Stewart and Flight Sergeant Andrew Maddison.
MOVING ON: (From left) Leading Aircraftsmen Shane Strickland, Jesse Smith, Shaun Helbig, Daniel Godlevsky and Luke Marsden, Corporal Liam Stewart and Flight Sergeant Andrew Maddison. Contributed

THE movement of defence units to the ever-expanding RAAF Base Amberley goes on.

For almost 50 years, No.1 Combat Communication Squadron has predominately been based at RAAF Base Richmond.

Now 1CCS is preparing for a workforce reorganisation, which will ensure the Australian Defence Force is better equipped to provide communications and information systems services.

It has the mission of providing a specialised range of deployable communications services, information systems, navigational aids and advice in support of ADF, allied and regional forces within Australia and at deployed locations.

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In recent years, moving Air Force CIS personnel from other defence groups has allowed 1CCS to establish flights at RAAF bases Williamtown, Amberley and Townsville in recognition and support of broader ADF expeditionary communication requirements.

The recent restructure of Combat Support Group, the acquisition of more capable air platforms and an increased ADF focus on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities has forced the reorganisation of the 1CCS workforce.

Early next year, 1CCS headquarters will relocate to RAAF Base Amberley and a 1CCS flight will be established at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

"The relocation of the 1CCS HQ to Amberley will enable closer liaison and synergy between 1CCS, the Combat Support Co-ordination Centre and No.295 Squadron," commanding officer Wing Commander Michael Mammana said.

"This in turn will promote greater synergy between 1CCS and the CSG plans and operations functions, resulting in increased transparency, support and communications expertise being made available to CSG commanders," he said.

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The establishment of a 1CCS flight at Edinburgh will provide local CIS support to the recently established No.3 Security Forces Squadron, the intelligence community within Aerospace Operational Support Group and future aircraft platforms, such as the P-8 Poseidon.

A contingent of 20 personnel will establish the 1CCS flight, however, based on future acquisition projects the flight will increase in size, according to the new flight second-in-command, Flight Sergeant Andrew Maddison, who is responsible for planning the move.

"While there is still significant work required to get the flight established, I am looking forward to the challenge," Flt Sgt Maddison said.

The RAAF expects the results of the CSG CIS Capability Project and Project Zodiac will determine how 1CCS capability will evolve.

It is anticipated the outcomes of these projects will result in 1CCS being located along with its major customers and stakeholders at RAAF bases Amberley, Williamtown and Edinburgh.

The aim of this is providing a stable organisational structure equipped to meet RAAF and ADF CIS needs well into the future.

Topics:  combat communication squadron (1ccs), raaf base amberley




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