Defence Media Centre
08 June 2011

Media Release: New communications centre named in honour of fallen digger

The Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) has officially opened the “Signalman Sean McCarthy Communications Centre” in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The centre, opened on 7 May 2011, has been named in honour of Signaller Sean McCarthy who was killed in action on 8 July 2008 whilst serving with the SOTG.

Deputy Special Operations Commander Australia (DSOCAUST), Brigadier Mark Smethurst, unveiled the plaque during his recent tour of the Middle East.

He said the new facility will greatly enhance SOTG’s communications and information systems.

“It is the culmination of months of work by our men and women in Kandahar and will provide SOTG with an effective and dependable communications infrastructure for many years to come,” Brigadier Smethurst said.

The centre was built to enhance communication and information systems between the Australian Special Forces contingent in theatre. It is the most advanced, well equipped facility of its kind in the Middle East Area of Operations.

The official opening was attended by all Special Forces personnel based in Kandahar.