Up-close with ADF Reservists

Blake, Head of Production Operations and Transformation (Maritime Sustainment), has enjoyed first-hand experience of work and life as an Australian Defence Force reservist by taking part in Exercise Boss Lift.
“Exercise Boss Lift was a fantastic activity providing tremendous insight into the value our reservists add to the national defence effort, plus networking with industry counterparts. It provided a unique and rare experience and it’s reminded me of how important it is to support the people we employ, who are also members of the military reserve forces.”

Blake, Head of Production Operations and Transformation (Maritime Sustainment)


Boss Lift is a major ADF activity to give supporters of reservists an opportunity for a deep dive into the Defence organisation and increase their understanding of the significant contribution that reservists make to Defence capability.

The visit to Army’s 13th Brigade at Irwin Barracks included briefings by senior officers, equipment and weapon displays, a simulator shooting experience, transport in armoured and other vehicles and a ration-pack lunch.

The Navy program included an at-sea submarine experience in HMAS Collins, one of the first tours of the yet-to-be-commissioned new replenishment oiler NUSHIP Stalwart, viewing a submarine simulator and other on-shore support facilities.

“The exercise showed the professionalism and organisation of the ADF and what great skills, knowledge and expertise that Navy, Army and Air Force reservists gain through Defence service. We are very proud all our people who are involved ” said Blake.
Blake enjoys exercise Boss Lift 21
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BAE Systems Australia 11 October 2021