Governor General visits Australian Antarctic Territory

The Governor General (right) and Australian Antarctic Division Director Dr Nick Gales at Wilkins Aerodrome with the C17-A aircraft behind them.
The Governor-General (right) and Australian Antarctic Division Director Dr Nick Gales arrive at Wilkins Aerodrome. (Photo: © Sam Groves/Commonwealth of Australia)
The Governor General and Lady Cosgrove in front of the main building at Wilkins Aerodrome.The Governor General (fourth from left) and Lady Cosgrove with the Wilkins Aerodrome crew in front of the C17-A aircraft.The Governor General standing alone on the ice in Antarctica.

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), has visited the Australian Antarctic Territory, meeting expeditioners and scientists at Wilkins Aerodrome.

The Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove flew the 7000 kilometre round trip from Hobart to Australia’s ice runway on the Royal Australian Air Force Globemaster Boeing C-17A which is supporting the Australian Antarctic Program.

The visit included an overview of an Antarctic field camp, a briefing on aviation and cargo operations, and discussions with scientists and expeditioners undertaking research and logistical support work on the continent.

His Excellency is the second Australian Governor-General to visit Australian Antarctic Territory.