Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton has announced Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Osborne as the new Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders, Australia’s military-led border security operation.
Air Vice-Marshal Osborne has over 30 years’ experience in the Australian Defence Force, including serving as the Commander of Australia’s AP-3C Orion Detachment in the Middle East, and as the Royal Australian Air Force’s Director of General Strategy and Planning.
“I congratulate Air Vice-Marshal Osborne on his appointment as the Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders. His extensive experience in the Defence Force makes him ideally qualified to oversee Australia’s border protection operations,” Minister Dutton said.
Mr Dutton warned those who are thinking of coming to Australia illegally by boat that Australia’s borders are stronger
“Settlement in Australia will never be an option for anyone who attempts to travel to Australia illegally by boat,” said Minister Dutton.
“It’s been more than two and a half years since a people smuggling boat has made it to Australia. The illegal maritime pathway to Australia is closed, and it will stay closed.
“Air Vice-Marshal Osborne joins Operation Sovereign Borders at a time when our aerial surveillance and maritime patrol capabilities are stronger than ever.
“As our new ‘eye in the sky’, Air Vice-Marshal Osborne will continue to ensure that any people smuggling boats that attempt to reach Australia will be detected, intercepted and turned back.”
Air Vice-Marshal Osborne is replacing Major General Andrew Bottrell, who has been the Commander for almost two years.
“I sincerely thank Major General Bottrell for his outstanding leadership of Operation Sovereign Borders. He has played a key role in protecting Australia’s borders, denying people smugglers a product to sell, and most importantly, preventing vulnerable people from risking their lives at sea” Minister Dutton said.
For more information on Operation Sovereign Borders please visit: www.osb.border.gov.au
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