Operation Southern Discovery


A Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster has airdropped supplies with a combined weight of 10,470kg to Bunger Hills in Antarctica on 15 December 2022.

The stores airdropped include water tanks, dome tents, trestle tables and aluminium planks, ensures the Australian Antarctic Program is able to begin preparations for a two year science campaign at the Denman Glacier.

As part of Operation Southern Discovery, the Australian Defence Force supports the Australian Antarctic Division by delivering large scale, heavy scientific and operational equipment that is oversized and/or time critical, including providing emergency support to the Australian Antarctic Program.

The Whole-of-Government Australian Antarctic Program came into effect on 1 July 2016 and is run by the Australian Antarctic Division.