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18 May 2019

Naval Historical Society of Australia (Victorian Chapter)
President's May Musings are now available to download.....
17 May 2019 'It smacks of political correctness': Former military commanders blast Royal Navy's 'harsh' decision to sack father-of-three Big Lizzy skipper 'for using his official car at weekends'
* Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest was sacked from the £3bn HMS Queen Elizabeth after the 'innocent mistake'
* Insiders claimed that the Commodore was never warned that the Royal Navy car was for official duties only
* He was dismissed this week after a Top Brass investigation found him guilty of an 'error of judgement'
* The 50-year-old is said to have been 'gutted' at the decision after discovering he had breached the rules.   More.....
17 May 2019 HMS Queen Elizabeth CO relieved over “misuse of official car”
Captain Nick Cooke-Priest, the commanding officer of Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has been relieved of his duties.  The navy confirmed that he has been reassigned to a new role without providing a specific reason.  UK media outlets, however, widely report that the reason for Cooke-Priest’s removal was his use of the ship’s official car for personal affairs.  More.....
17 May 2019 Repairs of sunken Norwegian frigate would cost well over $1B, inquiry finds
Repairing the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNomS Helge Ingstad after it sank in the Hjeltefjorden fjord in November last year would cost almost three times as much as it cost to buy the ship, an estimate by the Norwegian defense ministry has revealed.  Inspector General of the Navy, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen said repairing the frigate, which spent four months almost completely submerged, could require an investment of up to US$ 1.6 billion and take up to five years.  More.....
17 May 2019 First Maritime Exercise conducted by Australian, French, Japanese and US ships in the Indian Ocean
Naval vessels from Australia, France, Japan and the United States are set to commence the first iteration of the French-led maritime exercise La Perouse in the Indian Ocean.  Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, said Australia’s participation in supporting the Charles de Gaulle Carrier Task Group highlighted the valued working relationship between Australia and France.  More.....
16 May 2019 Another German submarine runs aground in Norwegian waters
The German Navy’s newest Type 212 submarine, the U36, reportedly came into contact with the sea bottom as it was departing the Royal Norwegian Navy base Haakonsvern.  Video footage of the damage is currently being assessed in order to determine whether the boat could return to sea, according to the report.  More.....
16 May 2019 Future HMNZS Manawanui arrives in New Zealand after 46-day voyage from Norway
The Royal New Zealand Navy’s diving support and hydrographic survey vessel has arrived in New Zealand after a 46-day voyage from Norway.  The former offshore support vessel MV Edda Fonn underwent conversion work in Denmark before heading for Wellington, via Panama.  More.....
15 May 2019 Spanish frigate breaks off from US carrier strike group heading for Strait of Hormuz
Spanish Navy frigate ESPS Mendez Nunes broke off from the US aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and its carrier strike group (CSG) as it headed for the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tension between the US and Iran.  The Spanish frigate’s withdrawal from the carrier strike group was first reported by Spanish news outlet El Pais.  More.....
15 May 2019 Brazil’s second Scorpene sub Humaitá starts move to launch site
The first section of a new submarine for the Brazilian Navy has been transferred from the pre-outfitting site UFEM (Unidade de Fabricação de Estruturas Metálicas) to the Itaguaí Naval Complex on the Bay of Sepetiba where the boat will be launched once all hull sections are joined together.  Future BNS Humaitá (S 41) will be the second of four modified Scorpene submarines built for the Brazilian Navy under a transfer of technology agreement with French shipbuilder Naval Group.  More.....
15 May 2019 2019 Seafarers' Memorial Service
15 May 2019 ‘Ninja bomb’ is a bladed anvil that shreds terrorists with no risk of collateral damage, Pentagon says
Collateral damage of indirect fire missions conducted against enemy targets in heavily populated urban centers has long been a criticism levied against U.S. forces.  Never before has the role of fire support specialists ensuring artillery, air, mortar and even naval gunfire strikes hit precisely while minimizing the potential of civilian casualties.  More.....
13 May 2019 HMAS Newcastle navigation through Malacca Straights
13 May 2019 HMAS Ballarat continues illicit drug seizures in the Middle East
13 May 2019 HMAS Ballarat continues illicit drug seizures in the Middle East
Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has intercepted another 2.6 tonnes of illicit drugs while conducting a patrol in international waters in the Arabian Sea.  The seizures, including approximately 2.5 tonnes of hashish and 135kg of heroin, were discovered in two vessels suspected of illegal activity on 5 and 7 May 2019.  More.....
12 May 2019 Vietnam school visit to remember
12 May 2019 The ADF Visits Tonga and Tuvalu
11 May 2019 Mother's Day messages from Indo-Pacific Endeavour
11 May 2019 Mother's Day on Operations
11 May 2019 Australian officer awarded US medal for missile defence work
A Royal Australian Navy Officer has been awarded the United States Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his work in helping to develop defences against anti-ship missiles.  Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Commander Cadeyrn Okely was presented his medal by Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, and United States Senator Richard Shelby.  More.....
10 May 2019 Abraham Lincoln Transits Suez Canal
The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group (ABECSG) transited the Suez Canal, May 9.  The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the Alvaro de Bazan-class frigate ESPS Mendez Nunez (F 104), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) departed the U.S. 6th Fleet and entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.  More.....
10 May 2019 Keel laid for Australia’s first Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel
The Royal Australian Navy’s Arafura-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program reached a new milestone on Friday as the keel for the lead ship in the class was laid at at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide.  Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN positioned a coin to commemorate the laying of the keel for the first vessel to be named Arafura.  More.....
10 May 2019 Royal Navy warships join NATO exercise off Scottish coast
The Royal Navy’s missile capability and how it can work alongside NATO nations will be put to the test during Exercise Formidable Shield.  Vice Admiral Lisa Franchetti, Commander of the US 6th Fleet and Commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, said: “Exercise Formidable Shield demonstrates the United States and our allied maritime partners’ high-end war fighting capability in integrated air and missile defence.  More.....
10 May 2019 ADF supports delivery of surf life saving training in Thailand
Australian and US forces have delivered potentially life-saving training during a visit to Patong Beach, Thailand.  Using amphibious vessels launched from HMAS Canberra, personnel from the Joint Task Force for INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 and Surf Lifesaving Australia combined in Phuket to deliver equipment and training to the beach-loving community at Patong Beach.  More.....
09 May 2019 Building a better future in Thailand
Australian Defence Force personnel have contributed to a significant school project during a visit to Phuket, Thailand.  Personnel from the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 Joint Task Force laid turf and built a playground at the Cornerstone Learning Centre in blistering conditions.  The Asia Centre Foundation is building the facility with the help of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian aid program.   More.....
08 May 2019 Wings over Illawarra airshow
08 May 2019 Could unmanned underwater vehicles undermine nuclear deterrence?
Nuclear deterrence rests on the ability of strategic assets to survive an enemy’s first strike and to retaliate, ensuring mutually assured destruction.  Nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) are considered to be the most survivable of all nuclear platforms due to their stealth capabilities, mobility and discretion.  Placing nuclear assets underwater puts them at a safer distance from a crippling first strike.  But as technology improves and the ocean battlefield becomes more complex, these advances could undermine the survivability of strategic forces around the world and make them far more vulnerable.  More.....
08 May 2019 Decorated Naval aviator and lawyer farewelled
The Royal Australian Navy aviation and legal communities are mourning the loss of one of their legends, Commander Geoffrey Vickridge, RAN (Ret'd), who passed away recently after a battle with cancer.  Geoff served in a variety of roles in the Royal Australian Navy over his forty-four years of service.  After joining the Navy in January 1958, he spent several years as a junior sailor before obtaining the academic qualifications required for commission.  More.....
08 May 2019 Sharpening the thinking and fighting edge
In 1889, British Lieutenant General William F Butler wrote “The nation that will insist on drawing a broad demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to have its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.”  Now, the Royal Australian Navy’s people are being challenged to sharpen their mental edge and fighting mindset using the Chief of Navy’s 2019 Professional Resource List.  More.....
07 May 2019 Sea-based Excalibur N5 completes further tests
The US Navy and defense contractor Raytheon have completed another round of tests of the Excalibur N5 munition, demonstrating the round’s various short-, mid- and long-range capabilities.  The sea-based Excalibur N5 precision-guided projectile is expected to double the maximum range of conventional 5-inch munitions and provide the same accuracy as the land-based version, Raytheon said in an announcement.  More.....
07 May 2019 Reflective tone as Westralia's crew commended
A commemoration was held at HMAS Stirling on Sunday 5 May to remember the four lives that were lost 21 years ago in a fire on board the former supply vessel HMAS Westralia (II).  The ceremony also included the award of a group commendation to the ship’s company who fought valiantly to save the ship after the devastating fire broke out in the engine room shortly after sailing from Fleet Base West.  More.....
07 May 2019 Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 Task Force deepens ties with Vietnam
The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force is continuing its international engagement activities with the arrival of two ships in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.  HMA Ships Canberra and Newcastle’s port call follows the recent signing in November of the Joint Vision Statement on enhancing defence cooperation with Vietnam, and upgrading of the bilateral relationship to a strategic partnership in March 2018.  More.....
07 May 2019 Australian Defence Force completes visits to Tonga and Tuvalu
HMAS Gascoyne has farewelled Tonga and Tuvalu following a month-long deployment to the Southwest Pacific region.  More than 60 Australian Defence Force personnel travelled to the island nations between 8 April and 4 May 2019, conducting activities to support peace, security and the sovereignty, of these countries.  More.....
06 May 2019 Navies gather in Scotland for live-fire missile defense drill Formidable Shield 19
Navy ships from nine NATO states have gathered in Scotland where they will take part in the US Navy-led exercise Formidable Shield 19.  The two-week exercise will take place at the UK defense ministry’s Hebrides Range located on the Western Isles of Scotland.  It kicks off on May 7.  Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO will conduct the exercise on behalf of the US 6th Fleet.  More.....
06 May 2019 India launches fourth Scorpene submarine INS Vela
Indian shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) launched the fourth Indian Navy Scorpene-class submarine INS Vela on May 6.  The submarine was towed to Mumbai Port Trust for separation from the pontoon.  INS Vela is now set to undergo a series of harbor and sea trials before being delivered to the Indian Navy.  More.....
06 May 2019 South Korea approves procurement of next batch of Aegis destroyers, subs
South Korea’s defense procurement agency DAPA has approved plans for the development and construction of the next batch of Republic of Korea Navy destroyers and submarines.  More specifically, an additional three Sejong the Great-class destroyers (KDX-III) and three second-batch KSS-III submarines are to be built.  More.....
06 May 2019 New simulators enhance training for boat coxswains
The Seamanship School at the Royal Australian Navy’s Boatswains Faculty at HMAS Cerberus has two new simulators that will help ensure new boat coxswains go to sea much better prepared to hit the water at speed.  The combined Jet RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) Course now has two moving platform J3 Jet RHIB simulators that deliver a full immersive experience.  More.....
04 May 2019 March to the beat of a new drum
One of the highlights of a Royal Australian Navy parade is the Navy Band marching down a main street with their front row performing stick drill on side-slung drums embellished with drag ropes which nod to Navy’s past.  On Anzac Day, the Royal Australian Navy Band debuted their unique new side-slung snare drums in marches through Melbourne and Sydney and at services in Villers-Bretonneux, France.  More.....
03 May 2019 Submariners take centre stage at national event
The Duke of Cambridge today led tributes as the nation marked the sacrifices demanded of submariners and their families by the UK’s longest military operation.  The honorary head of the Royal Navy’s Submarine Service joined veterans and serving personnel, families, people who have built and maintained vessels – described as more complex than the Space Shuttle – and naval and political leaders past and present in Westminster Abbey for a ‘service of recognition’ to mark 50 years of maintaining the nation’s nuclear deterrent on unseen and unheralded patrols.  More.....
03 May 2019 Royal name for new submarine as deterrent crews take centre stage
For the first time ever, a warship will bear the name King George VI – as the fourth new Dreadnought-class submarine is named.  Just hours before the nation honours the men and women involved in upholding the UK’s most important military mission, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones revealed the title of the fourth boat which will carry the next-generation nuclear deterrent alongside HMS Dreadnought, Valiant and Warspite.  More.....
03 May 2019 Australian Navy orders additional Kongsberg bridge simulators
The Royal Australian Navy has awarded Kongsberg Digital a contract for the delivery of two K-Sim full mission bridge simulators at its HMAS Watson Bridge Simulator Facility in Watsons Bay, Sydney, Australia.  The Watson facility contract follows an earlier one from November 2018, under which Kongsberg was to deliver two simulators for a new training facility at HMAS Stirling in Perth.  More.....
03 May 2019 Forward … from the (hardened) north of Australia
Australia faces a rapidly changing—and worsening—defence and security outlook that is increasingly at odds with the policy assumptions that underpinned the formulation of the 2016 defence white paper. T hat reality demands a rethink of our defence policy and a new defence white paper early in the term of the next government.  The next white paper needs to deal more directly and robustly with a rising China that’s intent on challenging US strategic primacy across the Indo-Pacific and exploiting opportunities arising from any US strategic miscalculations, such as reducing visible support for key allies.  More.....
03 May 2019 Navy brings joy to children in India
Prosthetics and wheelchairs were among the items donated to children in need by Royal Australian Navy members during a visit to the disabled children’s ward at the Institute for Child Health in Chennai, India.  Through the Sukriti Social Foundation, personnel from HMA Ships Success and Parramatta, Australian consular staff and hospital employees donated quality-of-life items to the children.  More.....
02 May 2019 WARRANT OFFICER OF THE NAVY SELECTION

1. IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I ANNOUNCE THE NEXT WARRANT OFFICER - NAVY WILL BE WARRANT OFFICER DEB BUTTERWORTH, OAM, CSM AND BAR

2. WO BUTTERWORTH WAS SELECTED THROUGH A ROBUST AND CHALLENGING SELECTION PROCESS. THE FIELD OF APPLICANTS WAS OUTSTANDING AND I THANK EACH OF THEM FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT AND CONTINUED EXEMPLARY SERVICE

3. THE SELECTION PROCESS DREW UPON THE COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE AND ADVICE OF THE INCUMBENT WO-N AND A NUMBER OF HIS PREDECESSORS, WHO EACH BROUGHT A DEEP UNDERSTANDING OF THE CHALLENGES AND IMPORTANCE OF THE POSITION.

4. WARRANT OFFICER-NAVY IS THE EQUIVALENT OF A COMMAND WARRANT OFFICER FOR NAVY’S SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM; THEY ACT AS THE VOICE OF EVERY SAILOR AND ARE MY TRUSTED CONFIDANT. I RELY ON WO-N’S EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE AND SAGE COUNCIL TO SHAPE MY DECISIONS AND THEIR HONESTY, PASSION AND JUDGEMENT IS ESSENTIAL AS WE COLLECTIVELY MOVE TO OUR 2022 HEADMARK.

5. WO-N GARY WIGHT WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE US WITH THIS GUIDANCE AND EXPERTISE UNTIL THE END OF HIS TENURE IN NOVEMBER 2019

6. ON BEHALF OF OUR ENTIRE NAVY, I CONGRATULATE WO BUTTERWORTH ON HER SELECTION

Vice Admiral Michael Noonan
Chief of Navy
02 May 2019 USS Abraham Lincoln joins major Italian exercise Mare Aperto
US Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and ships from its carrier strike group (ABECSG) have joined Italian Navy aircraft carrier ITS Giuseppe Garibaldi as part of exercise Mare Aperto, an Italian multilateral maritime warfare exercise designed to promote interoperability and proficiency.  Multiple surface, subsurface, and air platforms are showcasing their naval powers and agility in the exercise, both in open sea and shallow water environments.  More.....
02 May 2019 Australian War Memorial’s $498 million funding boost would be better spent on veterans
The director of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson, wants to extend the memorial at a cost of $498 million.  The case he outlined in a recent ‘Strategist Six’ is as full of holes as a second-hand camouflage net.  Nelson assumes that the War Memorial must continue to expand as Australia continues to go to war.  More.....
02 May 2019 Village visit forges closer ties
Mutual respect, cultural understanding and knowledge sharing have been fundamental to the Australia-Malaysia relationship, a relationship with close people-to-people links over many years.  This connection has been reinforced during INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 (IPE19), Australia’s major defence engagement with regional partner nations.  More.....
01 May 2019 HMS Caroline shortlisted for best museum
The last surviving British warship from the greatest naval battle fought in European waters is in line to become the museum of the year.  Jutland veteran HMS Caroline – a former Royal Navy light cruiser turned floating tribute to Irishmen who served at sea between 1914 and 1918 – is lined up for the Art Fund Museum of the Year and a £100,000 cash prize.  More.....
01 May 2019 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
May issue.....
01 May 2019 An Indian view from Parramatta
A young Indian naval officer spent AUSINDEX 2019 aboard HMAS Parramatta, observing most of the activity from the bridge of the Australian frigate.  Lieutenant Arun Bhumbla said the bilateral exercise developed a common working culture between the Indian and Australian navies.  More.....
30 Apr 2019 Germany finally accepts delivery of lead F125 frigate FGS Baden-Württemberg
Germany’s defense procurement agency BAAINBw officially received the lead F125 frigate from the shipbuilding consortium on April 30.  FGS Baden-Württemberg, the first of a total of four units in the class, had already been delivered to the navy in 2016 but was returned to the shipbuilder for rectification of software and hardware issues identified during trials.  More.....
30 Apr 2019 Australian Defence Force Officer appointed to Deputy Commander United Nations Command Headquarters in Korea
The Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, Jr has confirmed the appointment of the Australian Defence Force’s Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer as the Deputy Commander United Nations Command Headquarters in the Republic of Korea.   The appointment of Rear Admiral Mayer is a great opportunity for Australia to work with the Republic of Korea, the United States and regional partners to further contribute to the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula.  More.....
29 Apr 2019 US Navy sends two destroyers through Taiwan Strait
The US Navy has sailed two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers through the Taiwan Strait on April 28.  The maneuver was carried out by the USS Stethem and USS William P. Lawrence in what a US 7th Fleet spokesperson described as a “routine Taiwan Strait transit, in accordance with international law”.  More.....
29 Apr 2019 AI and autonomous systems are urgent priorities for today’s defence force
The 2016 defence white paper and the decades-long integrated investment program will deliver a future force that includes 72 joint strike fighters, several hundred infantry fighting vehicles, nine new frigates and 12 new submarines.  F-35 deliveries have started but the ‘future’ frigate and submarine programs were well named:  the Hunter-class frigates will turn up, all going well, between 2028 and the early 2040s, and the first Attack-class submarine is scheduled to enter service in 2035, with the 12th in the mid-2050s.
Meanwhile, technology is advancing quickly.  More.....
29 Apr 2019 Australia looking at bringing minehunter replacement forward
The Australian government could accelerate the replacement of Royal Australian Navy’s current Huon-class minehunters by bringing the project forward from the 2030s to the mid-2020s.  The move would be completed as part of a new maritime mine countermeasures program, which is to be known as SEA 1905.  More.....
29 Apr 2019 Officer dies leading firefighting efforts on Indian aircraft carrier Vikramaditya
An Indian Navy officer died in a fire that erupted aboard aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya as the ship was entering Karwar port on April 26.  The officer, identified by the Indian defense ministry as Lt Cdr DS Chauhan, led firefighting efforts in the compartment that was affected by fire.  Whilst the fire was brought under control, the officer suffered loss of consciousness owing to the smoke and fumes during the firefighting efforts.  More.....
27 Apr 2019 Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 arrives in Thailand
HMA Ships Canberra and Newcastle have arrived in Phuket, Thailand as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE19), Australia’s international engagement and capacity-building mission to South and Southeast Asia.  The 800 members of Canberra’s and Newcastle’s ships’ companies, as well as their embarked forces will undertake a busy program, which includes humanitarian assistance and disaster relief demonstrations from both Australian and Thai forces, as well as a variety of community engagements.  More.....
27 Apr 2019

Naval Historical Society of Australia (Victorian Chapter)
President's April Musings are now available to download.....
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DVA Mobile Apps

The new Operation Life mobile application is designed to help those at risk deal with suicidal thoughts and is recommended to be used with the support of a clinician.

The High Res (High Resilience) app helps you manage stress, build resilience and optimise performance on the go.

The PTSD Coach Australia app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma.

ON TRACK with the Right Mix mobile app from the Department of Veterans Affairs helps you to keep track of the number and types of drinks you consume; the amount of money it's costing you and lets you know about the impact the alcohol has on your wellbeing and fitness levels.


Guide to the assessment of rates of veterans’ pensions
Guide to the assessment of rates of veterans’ pensions (GARP) is used to assess the extent of incapacity from war caused or defence caused injury or disease for the purposes of determining the rate of pension.  Download.....

Planning ahead kit
Overview: Planning Ahead is a publication designed to help veterans and their families prepare for bereavement.  There is also a checklist that can be used to record the contact details of important people, businesses and organisations that may need to be notified in case of your death.  Download.....
 

Anzac Centenary Events
2014 - 2018

The Anzac Centenary (2014 – 2018) will shine a spotlight on the commitment and sacrifice of those who served in the First World War.

Across Victoria, there will be a number of commemorative events marking key dates throughout the Centenary.


Should you wish to register an event, go to the Anzac Centenary website.