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Cobham opens new Essendon search-and-rescue base

Cobham Special Mission officially opened its new, larger search-and-rescue base at Essendon Fields Airport on Sunday 15 May.

Following a period in a temporary facility at the airport, the team has relocated to a purpose-built, state-of-the-art operational space within the newly refurbished terminal building at Essendon Fields.

Cobham Special Mission Managing Director James Woodhams said the new facility was larger with improved functionality and faster access to the search-and-rescue jet.

“The new facility is exceptional, providing more space for training, mission planning and search-and-rescue equipment.

“One of the highlights of the new base is direct airside access from the operations/briefing room to the aircraft - close proximity is important for our time-critical search and rescue missions," Mr Woodhams said.

The team marked the occasion with a base open day, inviting crew and their families to see the new facility and the Challenger search-and-rescue jet.

Essendon Fields Airport is a strategic base for Cobham’s search-and-rescue operations. Forty-crew and two Challenger jets are based here.

The team are regularly tasked to support critical search-and-rescue events on behalf of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Learn more about Cobham’s rich history with Essendon Fields Airport.