The Royal Victoria Regiment is an operational element of the Australian Army Reserve, and is part of the Corps of Infantry within the Australian Defence Force. This week, the Governor had a video call with the two Commanding Officers of the Royal Victoria Regiment.
There has been a long historic link between Governors of Victoria and the Royal Victoria Regiment and its predecessor units. This week the Governor, the Representative Colonel of the Royal Victoria Regiment, had a video call with the two Commanding Officers of the Royal Victoria Regiment, Lt Col Daniel Strack, from the city-based 5th/6th Battalion and Lt Col Shaun Richards from the Ballarat-based 8th/7th Battalion.
The Royal Victoria Regiment is an operational element of the Australian Army Reserve, and is part of the Corps of Infantry within the Australian Defence Force. The Regiment continues to represent the traditions of every infantry unit and battalion formed within the State of Victoria since 1854. The Regiment in its current form was established in 1960.
During the call, the Governor heard about the important role that members of the RVR have played in relief efforts and support roles during recent crises to affect Victoria and the nation. Earlier this year, members of the Regiment supported communities seriously impacted by the Victorian Bushfires, and the Governor and Mr Howard had the opportunity to meet some of the Regiment at the completion of that mission. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Regiment have provided vital support to the ADF’s Emergency Support Force, working with Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services, with Victoria Police and assisting making PPE masks in Shepparton.
The Governor is very proud to be the Representative Colonel of the RVR, which has, through the generations, supported Victoria in times of need. For more information on the Royal Victoria Regiment, visit their website.