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18 Sep 2018 104 years on, Australian experts reveal new evidence behind WWI submarine HMAS AE1’s tragic loss
On the 104th anniversary of the loss of Australia’s first submarine HMAS AE1, a report released by the Australian National Maritime Museum today reveals new evidence which may finally solve the mystery behind its disappearance on 14 September 1914.
The Royal Australian Navy’s AE1 was lost at sea with all hands on 14 September 1914 and its fate remained a mystery until its discovery in December 2017 off the Duke of York Island, near Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.
AE1 was the first loss for the RAN and the first Allied submarine loss in WWI but ultimately a tragedy felt by all Australians.
Download the full 93 page report.....
18 Sep 2018 HMS Queen Elizabeth enters Norfolk
Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Norfolk, Virginia, after evading Hurricane Florence which hit the East Coast of the USA.  The ‘WESTLANT 18’ Task Group, which includes the carrier’s escort, HMS Monmouth, was forced to take evasive action to avoid the damaging winds which have lashed North and South Carolina and Virginia, bringing tidal surges and several months’ worth of rain throughout the weekend.  More.....
17 Sep 2018 Ongoing dispute over three-masted tall ship divides two Balkan neighbors
Montenegro and Croatia have resolved almost all of their differences more than two decades after fighting a war, except for one:  a dispute over an 85-year-old former Royal Yugoslav Navy training ship.  The majestic sailing vessel called Jadran, or the Adriatic, is currently part of the Montenegrin naval fleet based in the port of Tivat.  Croatia is demanding the return of the tall ship, which Montenegro adamantly refuses to do.  More.....
17 Sep 2018 The US Navy is going to need a bigger boat, and it’s getting ready to buy one
The U.S. surface Navy is moving rapidly toward buying a new large surface ship that will replace the aging cruisers, a ship that Navy leaders and experts say will need to be spacious to accommodate future upgrades and weapon systems.  The office of the Chief of Naval Operations Director of Surface Warfare, or OPNAV N96, has convened a “large surface combatant requirements evaluation team” to figure out what the Navy’s next large ship will look like and what it will need to do.  The goal, according to the N96 head Rear Adm. Ron Boxall, will be to buy the first cruiser replacement in 2023 or 2024.  More.....
14 Sep 2018 Coast Guard had searched for the young killer whale
Efforts to find a sick young orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest came up empty Thursday, and a scientist who tracks the animals declared her dead — though federal authorities said they’d keep looking.  The grim news means scientists believe just 74 whales remain in a group that has failed to reproduce successfully in the past three years. The orcas have struggled with pollution, boat noise and, most severely, a dearth of their preferred prey, chinook salmon, because of dams, habitat loss and overfishing.  More.....
14 Sep 2018 This new wireless communication device fits on your teeth
There’s a new wireless communication device, but it doesn’t go in your ears.  Instead, it goes on your teeth. Yes, your teeth.  California-based Sonitus Technologies is working with the Defense Department to implement the Molar Mic, a miniaturized traditional headset that clips to a user’s back teeth, according to the news release.  The device ditches the need for ear pieces, microphones and wires on the head.  More.....
14 Sep 2018 ITF prepping to embark two F-35Bs on board HMS Queen Elizabeth
The F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) is preparing to embark two F-35Bs on board the United Kingdom’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for first of class flight trials (fixed wing) this fall.  Nearly 200 ITF personnel—active duty US and UK military, US Department of Defense (DOD) civilians as well as contractors from DOD and industry—will join the ship’s 1,500-person crew in making history when the two jets land on the British carrier.  The event will be the first time an F-35 has ever landed on a foreign vessel and it helps bring an end to the eight-year hiatus since a British aircraft carrier last operated a fast jet from its deck.  More.....
13 Sep 2018 Japanese destroyer tests ballistic missile defense system off Hawaii
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) guided missile destroyer JS Atago (DDG-177) has successfully intercepted and destroyed a US ballistic missile in a test conducted off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii.  The test was supported by JMSDF and the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in cooperation with the US Navy.  More.....
12 Sep 2018 Female Veterans share their unique perspective
HEADLINING a week of events honouring our current, and former, female Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, the third Female Veterans Policy Forum is bringing together a large, diverse group of female veterans to share their unique perspectives on life during and after military service.  Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester today opened the Forum and said he looked forward to discussing how the Department of Veterans' Affairs could better support women who are serving, or have served, in defence of our nation.  More.....
12 Sep 2018 Kakadu 2018 comes to a close
10 Sep 2018 Drunken British sailors are invading Florida and beating each other up, because why not?
The redcoats are coming, the redcoats are coming — to fight at a bar near you.  Watering holes everywhere in the vicinity of Naval Station Mayport experienced a major boon in business this week after British sailors from the Royal Navy’s prized new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in the northeast Florida port of Jacksonville Beach.  Hundreds of sailors rambled off the ship Wednesday following a weeks-long journey that marked the 65,000-ton vessel’s first transatlantic voyage.  More.....
10 Sep 2018 Australian 2nd air warfare destroyer reaches Sydney
Royal Australian Navy’s second Hobart-class air warfare destroyer NUSHIP Brisbane has arrived at her home base of Fleet Base East, Garden Island Sydney, for the first time.  The newbuilding will be commissioned into the navy fleet on October 27, 2018, according to the country’s defense minister.  More.....
10 Sep 2018 Royal Australian Navy’s third Anzac-class ship arrives in Henderson for AMCAP upgrade
BAE Systems Australia has welcomed the Royal Australian Navy’s third Anzac class warship to its Henderson facility.  As explained, this is part of the navy’s fleet upgrade to keep the ships in service until they are replaced by the Hunter class frigates.  The Mid Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade is being undertaken at Henderson by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance.  More.....
08 Sep 2018 The End of an Era for the Westland Sea King
The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm is celebrating nearly 50 years of the Westland Sea King, as it finally pays off in 2018.
If you flew or maintained these helicopters whilst serving on a Royal Navy Squadron at any time during your career you can attend the Aussie version of that celebration by attending a "Downunder Dinner". 
Download flyer for more information and booking details.....
08 Sep 2018 Navy F-35C suffers first major airborne mishap
The Navy’s next-generation F-35 fighter jet reached an unwanted milestone last month when a carrier-based Lightning II suffered a major airborne mishap.  It took place on Aug. 22, when an F-35C from the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron 125 was being refueled in-flight by a F/A-18F Super Hornet operating from the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, according to Cmdr. Ron Flanders, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces.  “During the refueling, part of the refueling basket broke off, and that debris was ingested into the engine of the F-35," he said.  More.....
08 Sep 2018 Kakadu Task Groups form up
The sea phase of Exercise Kakadu has shifted up a gear, with coalition ships beginning a series of challenging and complex manoeuvres off the coast of the Northern Territory.  Four ships from Australia, Singapore and China, rehearsed procedures for manoeuvring warships so the units can confidently progress to more advanced scenarios.  More.....
07 Sep 2018 Appointment of members to the Veterans' Review Board
MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today announced that the Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d) has appointed five new members and reappointed five members to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB).  The VRB is an independent tribunal that reviews decisions about Repatriation pensions (other than Service Pensions) and attendant allowance.  More.....
07 Sep 2018 Celebrating veterans' artistic talent
TODAY we celebrate the launch of the 56th year of the Story Writing and Art Competition, encouraging and highlighting the artistic talents of Victoria’s ex-service community.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the competition, run jointly by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Austin Health and the state’s ex-service community has played an important role in enhancing the health and wellbeing of participants.  More.....
06 Sep 2018 The Navy’s top lawyer unlawfully scuttled a SEAL’s case, court rules
In a landmark decision Wednesday, the military’s highest court ruled that the Navy’s top lawyer, Vice Adm. James W. Crawford III, illegally meddled in the case of a SEAL accused of rape.  The split 3-2 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces tosses out the highly decorated commando’s 2014 court-martial conviction and bars the armed forces from ever trying him again.  More.....
06 Sep 2018 Jason Dunham Counts 2,521 AK-47s Seized
The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) seized an illicit weapons shipment of 2,521 AK-47 automatic rifles aboard a stateless skiff in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, Aug. 28.  The count follows an initial estimate of more than 1,000 rifles.  The skiff was determined to be stateless following a flag verification boarding conducted in accordance with international law.  The origin and intended destination of the skiff have not been determined.  More.....
06 Sep 2018 UK’S new aircraft carrier arrives in Mayport, USA
HMS Queen Elizabeth, has arrived in Mayport, Florida for her first ever visit to the USA, following her formal commission into the Royal Navy by her sponsor, Her Majesty, The Queen.  The 65,000 tonne ship departed the UK last month for her first trans-Atlantic voyage, primarily to conduct trials on deck with F-35B Lightning II test fighter jets from the Integrated Test Force at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.  More.....
06 Sep 2018 Thirty-three headstones and plaques for World War One Veterans unveiled
The Federal and State Ministers for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester and Guy Barnett today unveiled 33 headstones and plaques for World War One Veterans buried at Cornelian Bay cemetery.  The Tasmanian Headstone Project was created in 2011 to properly honour veterans who were buried in unmarked graves or in circumstances where a headstone had been lost.  Experts have advised that there may be more than 250 soldiers who are buried in unmarked graves in the cemetery.  More.....
06 Sep 2018 Support our veterans by buying a Legacy badge
TODAY on Badge Day of Legacy Week 2018, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester is encouraging all Australians to buy a Legacy badge to show their support for families of Australian veterans who have given their life or health for their country.  “Legacy week is the time to show your support by buying a badge from the dedicated Legacy volunteers or our outstanding Australian Defence Force personnel who are out and about on street corners, trains stations and shopping centres across the nation,” Mr Chester said.  More.....
05 Sep 2018 Remembering the Battle for Australia
On the first Wednesday of September each year we commemorate the Battle for Australia, acknowledging the bravery and sacrifice of more than half a million service personnel and civilians who defended Australia during the Second World War.  Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester today encouraged all Australians to pause and reflect on the experiences of those who defended our nation during 1942–45.  "Australia came under direct attack from the Japanese who sought to destroy Darwin's airfields before their attack on Timor, launching the first air raids against the town on 19 February 1942," Mr Chester said.  More.....
05 Sep 2018 Cultural Evening on Exercise Kakadu
05 Sep 2018
Navy League of Australia(Vic-Tas Div)
September newsletter is now available to download..... 
05 Sep 2018 Sydney collection expands at Australian War Memorial
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan, has gifted significant items from HMAS Sydney (IV) to the Australian War Memorial.  The items consisted of the ship's name board, ceremonial life buoy, ship’s badge and a canvas print of HMAS Sydney (IV) leading the RAN Fleet into Sydney Harbour during the 2013 International Fleet Review.  In presenting the items, Vice Admiral Noonan spoke of the enduring legacy these historical pieces will represent in the Australian War Memorial’s collection.  More.....
05 Sep 2018 All in the Navy family — mother and son enlist together
Curtis Abbott had already visited Army and Air Force recruiting offices and heard the sales pitches.  Wanting to meticulously weigh which service branch would be most beneficial, Abbott decided to make an additional stop on his recruiting office tour — this time the Navy variety.  Accompanied by his mother, Melissa Ensey, the 18-year-old Abbott walked into the Missouri office, sat down and and readied to listen intently to Navy Career Counselor 1st Class Shawn Dery explain everything the Navy could offer.  More.....
05 Sep 2018 Naval Academy accepts longer hairstyles for women
The U.S. Naval Academy is allowing female midshipmen to wear ponytails and other longer hairstyles.  The policy was announced during a Board of Visitors meeting Monday.  Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson first announced the Navy's changes in July, saying they make the Navy more inclusive.  The academy conducted its own review before accepting the changes.  More.....
04 Sep 2018 Australia and Japan remember together
The Commanding Officers of Japanese Ship (JS) Sazanami and HMAS Coonawarra were among representatives who attended wreath laying ceremonies in Darwin recently during Exercise KAKADU 2018.  The memorial events took place at two of Darwin’s prominent war memorials – the I-124 Submarine Memorial and Darwin Cenotaph.  The Japanese submarine I-124 was sunk by HMAS Deloraine on 20 January 1942 – the first Japanese submarine to be sunk by an Australian ship.  More.....
03 Sep 2018 Commemorating the Service of Australia's Merchant Mariners
Known as Merchant Navy Day, today recognises Australian service and civilian personnel who served on merchant vessels for more than a century.  Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said merchant mariners had served in times of war and conflict, transporting service personnel, supplies and equipment across dangerous seas and oceans.  More.....
03 Sep 2018 McCain buried at Naval Academy alongside a longtime friend
Sen. John McCain’s final journey ended Sunday on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy within view of the Severn River and earshot of midshipmen present and future, and alongside a lifelong friend.  A horse-drawn caisson carrying the senator's casket led a procession of mourners from the academy's chapel to its cemetery following a private service.  The senator's widow, Cindy, and his children were among those who walked behind the caisson.  Joining them were family and friends as well as members of McCain's Class of 1958, military leaders and academy midshipmen.  More.....
02 Sep 2018 US Navy’s Fat Leonard case implodes
With the close of the Navy’s first Fat Leonard court-martial trial, the defendant is going to the brig but he escaped the most serious charges and potentially jeopardized future federal fraud cases against a string of past and present sailors.  Cmdr. David Morales was found guilty of only two of the five charges he faced — conduct unbecoming an officer and making a false official statement.  After closing arguments on Friday, the Navy trial judge, Capt. Charles N. Purnell, deliberated overnight and delivered a verdict that stripped out the conspiracy, bribery and graft charges.  More.....
02 Sep 2018 HMAS Toowoomba returns from seven-month deployment
HMAS Toowoomba has returned to its homeport of Fleet Base West, Rockingham, Western Australia, after the ship’s longest deployment to date, successfully contributing to seven Task Groups in seven months.  Commanding Officer, Commander Mitchell Livingstone, said Toowoomba achieved many milestones since February, supporting an extensive series of exercises, international engagements and training activities.  More.....
01 Sep 2018 Australia's Fleet Commander calls on counterparts to unite across the region
Fleet Commanders and their representatives from 27 countries have held high-level discussions in Darwin aimed at strengthening regional cooperation in the maritime domain.  Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead hosted the Fleet Commanders' Conference at the iconic Parliament House building in the city.  The gathering is part of KAKADU 18, the biannual joint exercise taking place both ashore and at sea off the Northern Territory coast.  More.....
01 Sep 2018 Remembering HMAS Armidale Association - Invites you to the HMAS Armidale 80th Memorial
1st December 2022
Armidale NSW
Calling all relatives and/or friends of the HMAS Armidale. We want to gather together in four years time to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the sinking.
Full details.....
01 Sep 2018 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
September issue.....
01 Sep 2018 Royal Historical Society Victoria - Fifty Year Reflections on 1968
Conference September 14th and 16th
As 2018 marks the half-centenary of the most tumultuous year of the Vietnam War, when much of the world seemed on the verge of revolution, it is an appropriate time to revisit some of the major themes of the debates that divided Australian politics and society.  Bookings essential.  Full details.....
01 Sep 2018 2018 Goldrick Seminar
Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise:
Its Contribution to Navy Strategy
17 September 2018
Adams Auditorium, ADFA, Northcott Dve., Campbell.
Full details.....
01 Sep 2018 Canberra Naval Engineering Reunion 2018
Friday 09 November 2018
Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union & Amateur Sports Club
Full details.....
31 Aug 2018 Ronald Reagan Strike Group, JMSDF Participate in Bilateral Training
The Ronald Reagan Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Escort Flotilla 4 Battle Group, participated in bilateral training Aug. 31 while underway in the South China Sea.  During the training, units from the two maritime forces sailed in formation, participated in replenishment-at-sea training, exchanged Naval Liaison Officers and practiced manoeuvring procedures.  More.....
31 Aug 2018 Japan eyes record spending on military
Japan’s Defense Ministry is seeking to more than double spending on missile defense, including purchases of costly American arsenals, to defend against North Korean threats.  The record-high 5.3 trillion yen ($47 billion) request for fiscal 2019, approved Friday by the ministry, is up 2.1 percent from last year. Military spending has risen seven consecutive years under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  More.....
31 Aug 2018 Philippine warship runs aground in disputed South China Sea
A Philippine navy frigate has run aground on a shoal in the disputed South China Sea and efforts are underway to retrieve it and its crew, who were unhurt.  Military spokesman Col. Noel Detoyato said the BRP Gregorio del Pilar ran aground Wednesday night in the vicinity of the shoal, which the Philippines calls Hasa Hasa.  The barren shoal is known internationally as Half Moon Shoal and lies on the eastern edge of the hotly contested Spratly archipelago in the disputed sea.  More.....
31 Aug 2018 Royal Navy’s HMS Bangor returns home after 3-year deployment
Royal Navy’s Scots-based minehunter HMS Bangor (M109) will return to her home port of HM Naval Base Clyde today, on August 31.  For the past three years, HMS Bangor has been operating in the Gulf as part of the UK’s commitment in the region to work with international partners to protect vital shipping lanes.  More.....
31 Aug 2018 Exercise KAKADU 2018 Preview
31 Aug 2018 Large-scale Exercise Kakadu kicks off
Exercise Kakadu, the largest maritime drill off its kind in the Australian Northern Territory, is beginning today.  Held biennially, Exercise Kakadu is a joint exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Navy and supported by the Royal Australian Air Force.  More countries are attending this year than ever before, with 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and more than 3,000 personnel from 27 nations participating in a range of activities both ashore in Darwin and at sea.  More.....
31 Aug 2018 US Navy’s Nimitz-class ships conduct dual-carrier ops
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) began dual-carrier sustainment and qualification operations on August 29 in the western Atlantic Ocean.  “By training and operating together, the USS Harry S. Truman and USS Abraham Lincoln strike groups enhance combat readiness and interoperability, and also demonstrate the inherent flexibility and scalability of carrier strike groups,” Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Commander Rear Adm. Gene Black explained.  More.....
31 Aug 2018 Major simulation training upgrade for Navy
The Navy’s ability to effectively train its men and women has been given a major boost with an expansion and upgrade of its fleet of simulation trainers.  Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced the significant investment worth more than $80 million.  A new bridge simulation trainer will be introduced at HMAS Stirling, in Western Australia, and a new command team trainer and upgrades to other simulators will be installed at HMAS Watson in Sydney.  More.....
30 Aug 2018 Russia announces 25-ship Mediterranean Sea drill
Just days after media reports on Russia’s naval buildup in the Mediterranean Sea first emerged, the country’s defense ministry on Thursday announced a large-scale drill in the Mediterranean.  Prior to the defense ministry’s announcement, the Russian Navy was said to have a little over ten warships sailing off the coast of Syria as the country’s president Bashar al-Assad prepares an operation against rebel positions in the northern Idlib province.  More.....
30 Aug 2018 Boeing Defence to join Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment
BOEING Defence Australia has been invited to join the Prime Minister's Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment (IAC).  Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester, said Boeing Defence Australia was an excellent fit for the committee as it has demonstrated over a long period its commitment to veterans' employment.  More.....
30 Aug 2018 Chief of Navy leads the way in 2018 Defence Blood Challenge
The 2018 Defence Blood Challenge has been officially launched at the Civic Plasma Donor Centre in Canberra.  In the ten year history of the Defence Blood Challenge, 38,000 Defence personnel have contributed more than 101,000 donations which have gone towards saving approximately half a million lives.  The three month challenge, running from 1 September to 8 December, is Australia’s largest annual blood donation event in support of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.  More.....
29 Aug 2018 Russia deploys large task group off Syria ahead of potential new Syria attacks
Russia has reportedly amassed a large task group in Syrian waters as Syrian president Bashar al-Assad mulls an assault on rebel positions in the northern Idlib province.  With over ten warships deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, this is Russia’s largest naval buildup since the country stated supporting the Syrian president in 2015.  More.....
29 Aug 2018 HMS Prince of Wales’ operations room comes online two months ahead of schedule
The second of two new Royal Navy aircraft carriers, the future HMS Prine of Wales, now has a functional operations room – two months earlier than it was intially expected.  The operations room will allow the crew of HMS Prince of Wales to watch for threats, track the movements of the carrier’s F-35B Lightning jets and Merlin helicopters and direct missions as varied as intercepting hostile aircraft, to striking targets on land or delivering humanitarian aid in a disaster zone.  More.....
29 Aug 2018 Ex-Service Organisations Receive Funding Boost
More than $3.8 million in funding will be provided to veteran organisations providing essential advice, advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families along with war widows and widowers through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.  Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said ex-service organisations (ESOs) were making a real difference in the lives of veterans and Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, by providing essential services they need and this funding will go a long way to continue this.  More.....
29 Aug 2018 Russia’s Pacific Fleet recently held a cruise-missile drill which saw guided-missile cruisers, nuclear submarines and mobile coastal defense missile systems launch a total of seven cruise missiles at surface targets in the Sea of Okhotsk.
29 Aug 2018 Top End Reunion - Darwin - 23 - 27 April 2019
For personnel who were/are posted to the Top End Establishments, boats and outstations i.e.
Naval shore Establishment, previously known as HMAS Melville, now HMAS Coonawarra; incorporating, et al: DNB; FIMA; Humpty Doo; NHQ; Shoalbay; 11 Mile and all Darwin based patrol boats.  Full details on our Reunion page.....
28 Aug 2018 Navy FSU Technical Mastery Secondment Program - Navy Personnel
28 Aug 2018 Navy FSU Technical Mastery Secondment Program - Decision Makers
27 Aug 2018 Gallantry of Australian Far East Prisoners of War recognised
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester today announced 28 servicemen will be posthumously awarded the Commendation for Gallantry.  The servicemen identified were killed while escaping Japanese Prisoner of War camps or following recapture during World War II.  They were imprisoned in camps throughout the Pacific including in Java, Dutch Timor and Burma, as well as along the Burma-Thailand Railway, Ambon, Sandakan, Singapore, Sumatra, Japan, Northern Celebes and New Britain.  More.....
27 Aug 2018 Thousands of military engineers feared to have inhaled potentially fatal asbestos chemicals while working on Sea King helicopters
Last night, defence chiefs confirmed they had issued an alert in a desperate effort to warn Royal Navy and RAF personnel who have maintained the Sea King since it entered service in 1969.  In an unprecedented move, the Ministry of Defence has also contacted foreign governments that bought the helicopter and civilian contractors flying ex-British military Sea Kings.  More.....
26 Aug 2018 Leadership challenge on STS Young Endeavour
Two members of west Melbourne’s African-Australian community recently sailed on Royal Australian Navy operated tall-ship STS Young Endeavour as part of a leadership challenge.  The development opportunity was established by the local member for Gellibrand Tim Watts with support from local business.  Winta Eyod, an aspiring actuary studying commerce at Monash University, and Mohammad (Mo) Semra, a first year commerce and international relations student at La Trobe University, joined the ship in Brisbane and sailed to Mackay in July.  Neither had set foot on a boat before.  Both were motivated to try new things, meet new people and to overcome stereotypes.  More.....
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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.