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17 Jul 2019 Royal Navy’s Martlet missile debuts on Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland
The Thales-developed Martlet missile made its debut on a Type 23 frigate as it hit a target boat in the Irish Sea after taking off from HMS Sutherland.  HMS Sutherland fired four missiles at a fast-moving speedboat to see whether the weapon could be launched from a ship as well as a helicopter.  More.....
17 Jul 2019 HMAS Benalla first Freedom of Entry in 15 years
The officers and sailors of Royal Australian Navy Survey Ship HMAS Benalla (II) have visited the ship’s namesake city of Benalla, Victoria to conduct their first Freedom of Entry march in over 15 years.  The Ship’s Company’s return to the rural city was the culmination of more than 18 months’ planning and coordination involving Navy, Benalla Rural City Council and the local Victorian Police command.  More.....
17 Jul 2019 MV Sycamore - future proofing the RAN
Maritime Aviation Training Vessel MV Sycamore has recently taken time in a very busy schedule to help ‘future proof’ the Royal Australian Navy by training and supporting Australian Navy Cadets (ANC).  During the winter school holidays Sycamore welcomed aboard 15 cadets from Lonsdale (Victoria), Torrens (South Australia), Kellatie (Tasmania) and Waratah (Southern NSW) flotillas, accompanied by three ANC adult supervisors and two members from Lonsdale Flotilla Headquarters at HMAS Cerberus.  More.....
17 Jul 2019 Maximising Australia’s submarine capability with a ‘high-low’ mix
‘High-low’ force structures establish a complementary force package and have typically been the domain of air combat systems – the rise of increasingly capable submarine platforms in the Indo-Pacific, combined with the operating environment and broader Navy force structure, requires a major rethink of Australia’s submarine force.  More.....
16 Jul 2019 Australian and US military launch war game operation near Rockhampton
16 Jul 2019 Australian Prime Minister Visits USS Ronald Reagan During Talisman Sabre 2019
Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison visited USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) underway in the Coral Sea July 12, during Talisman Sabre.  While aboard Ronald Reagan, the Prime Minister met with several senior ranking U.S. Navy officials during a tour of the ship, observed flight operations and spoke with the Ronald Reagan crew during an all hands call.
16 Jul 2019 French sub launch paves the way for SEA 1000 success
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has joined French President Emmanuel Macron at the launch of Naval Group’s latest nuclear attack submarine, the Suffren, the lead of the Barracuda Class.  The Suffren is the first of the Barracuda Class series, designed to replace the Rubis Class generation. Naval Group is in charge of the construction of this submarines series, including the design and construction of the ship and information systems as well as the manufacturing of the main components of nuclear boiler rooms.  More.....
15 Jul 2019 HMAS Ballarat Returns Home from Middle East
14 Jul 2019

Peninsula Ship Society
- July edition of the "Sea Chest" is now available to download.....
14 Jul 2019 HMAS Ballarat returns home from Middle East
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, welcomed the return of Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat to Australia, following a highly successful nine-month deployment as part of Operation MANITOU.  Minister Reynolds praised the counter-terrorism efforts of Ballarat’s 200 officers and sailors, who have worked in the Combined Maritime Forces to seize nearly 20 tonnes of illicit drugs worth an estimated value of AUD$1.41 billion*.  More.....
14 Jul 2019 Navy Canteens Ticketing - Membership
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14 Jul 2019

Naval Historical Society of Australia (Victorian Chapter)
President's July Musings are now available to download.....
12 Jul 2019 Show of force
In a demonstration of combat power, 17 warships from four nations united at first light to conduct a close-in formation at the opening stages of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019.  Amphibious Assault Ship USS Wasp and Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan led the fleet with Australia’s Landing Helicopter Docks HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra and Japan’s helicopter destroyer JS Ise formed up in close proximity.  More.....
12 Jul 2019 Barracuda launch heralds beginning of new submarine era for France and Australia
As Australia’s own $50 billion Attack Class submarine program continues to gather pace despite concerns, France, parent nation of the Barracuda design, is preparing to launch the first of the nuclear powered vessels. This not only marks the next-generation of French and Australian submarine capability, but raises the important question – should Australia have pursued nuclear powered submarines?  More.....
12 Jul 2019 Global wrap-up: $2bn Abrams deal for Taiwan; German Navy commissions new frigate
This global wrap-up provides updates of industry developments across the globe, including new procurement deals, capability introductions and key announcements.

* Taiwan has successfully lobbied the United States for a US$2.2 billion deal for more than 100 M1-A2 Abrams main battle tanks as part of the modernisation of the island nation's ageing armoured fleet - the deal also includes 14 M-88A2 tank-recovery vehicles, 16 M-1070A1 Heavy Equipment Transporters plus 250 Stinger Block I-92F shoulder-fired anti-air missiles.  More.....
11 Jul 2019 Fitting between OPV and Hunter: The need for a deployable, ocean going patrol frigate
As the Royal Australian Navy prepares for the arrival of the first Arafura and Hunter Class vessels in the early-to-mid 2020s, evolving regional and global dynamics are highlighting the need for a fleet of ocean going patrol frigates to ease the operational burden on both the OPV and frigates.  Australia is dependent on unlimited access to the ocean – as the regional paradigm changes, placing greater strain on the Navy to protect the national interests, is the Navy large enough to execute the mission in a radically evolving geo-political and strategic order?  More.....
10 Jul 2019 Another Australian company brought in as Type 26 frigate supplier
An Adelaide-based composite materials developer has become the latest Type 26 global combat ship supplier, the Australian defense minister announced during a visit to BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard in Scotland.  Linda Reynolds, the Australian defense minister visited Govan to witness the build progress being made on future HMS Glasgow, the lead City-class Type 26 frigate.  More.....
10 Jul 2019 Internal leak prompts HMS Queen Elizabeth to return to port earlier than expected
Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth made a surprise return to Portsmouth on July 9, despite having been expected to spend another week at sea in preparation for a training deployment to the US coast.  The carrier was forced to return to its homeport due to an internal water leak which was confirmed by a Royal Navy spokesperson to Save The Royal Navy, an independent online campaign to promote the Royal Navy.  More.....
10 Jul 2019 13-nation naval exercise concludes in Chile
Navy ships and sailors from 13 nations completed UNITAS, the world’s longest running multinational maritime exercise, on July 3.  Now in its 60th edition, the Chile-hosted maneuver saw naval forces from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States develop interoperability through complex maritime warfare scenarios and exercises.  More.....
10 Jul 2019 What’s in a name? 108 years of the ‘Royal Australian Navy’
It has often been asked, “What’s in a name?” When it comes to the ‘Royal Australian Navy’, a great deal indeed…  On this day 108 years ago, 10 July 1911, a Royal proclamation by King George V granted the Commonwealth Naval Forces of Australia the title ‘Royal Australian Navy’.  Far from a mere name change or ‘re-brand’, this proclamation marked an important milestone for Australia and its navy, which was established on 1 March 1901.  More.....
10 Jul 2019 What the US needs to counter ‘unprecedented’ Chinese influence in South America
As China continues to expand its global footprint, the Pentagon’s top official for South America is sounding a clear alarm:  China’s influence in the region has reached “unprecedented levels of influence and leverage,” which will require a whole of government approach from the U.S. to counter.  More.....
10 Jul 2019 The Empire Strikes Back: Defence Minister pushes for greater Aus-UK collaboration
In a blast from the past, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has used a speech in the UK to renew the special relationship between Australia and the UK and to identify the future of the strategic partnership and relationship between the two nations during an uncertain period in global and regional affairs.  More.....
09 Jul 2019 UK investing in further laser weapon development
The UK defense ministry (MOD) is eyeing new laser weapon demonstrators and has issued a “prior information notice” for the development of three such systems.  Also known as Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), lasers and radio frequency weapons have the potential to revolutionize the battlefield.  More.....
09 Jul 2019 Aus-Japan Navy to Navy talks bolster long-standing relations between nations
The Royal Australian Navy has hosted the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force in a week-long visit to Australia that built on the strong bilateral relationship shared by the two defence forces for more than a decade.  As part of the visit, Navy leaders from the two nations conducted bilateral talks which continued the positive relationship shared by Australia and Japan since they signed the Memorandum of Defence Cooperation in 2008.  More.....
08 Jul 2019 HMAS Newcastle decomissioning
08 Jul 2019 Mental health and suicide prevention a welcome national priority
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester today welcomed the appointment of Christine Morgan as the new National Suicide Prevention Adviser.  Ms Morgan, appointed by the Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP, will drive a whole-of-government approach to suicide prevention, while ensuring prevention services reach the communities that need them.   More.....
08 Jul 2019 HMS Queen Elizabeth conducts first phalanx CIWS test-firing
07 Jul 2019 2019 ANL Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition
Entries Open 1 May – 30 August
Stories of life at sea are seafarer stories. We hear them every day at the Mission to Seafarers Victoria (MtSV).
The sea is a majestic, mysterious and powerful force that awes us and reminds us of our insignificance and mortality at every opportunity. It can also be a benign and peaceful beauty to relax with and enjoy, and it supports and protects a whole world of other living things for us to explore, as well as the shipping industry. Maritime art is a genre significant to Australians, as the sea embraces our country with 25,760 kilometres of coastline.
That’s why the theme for the 2019 ANL Maritime Art Prize is ‘the Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’  Full details.....
07 Jul 2019 Gold Card targeted in Productivity Commission report on veteran support
The Productivity Commissions report into “A better way to Support Veterans” has been released.  Among its key findings (below), is a suggestion that the Gold Card runs counter to a number of the key principles that should underlie any future veteran-support scheme.  The Commission found that the Gold Card was not wellness-focused or needs-based, and could be inefficient – encouraging over-servicing.  More.....
07 Jul 2019 Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 formally launched
The opening ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 has been held in the Port of Brisbane today onboard the USS Ronald Reagan to formally launch Australia’s largest bilateral exercise with the United States.  Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the exercise was designed to enhance combat readiness and interoperability between the Australian and United States Armed Forces.  More.....
07 Jul 2019 Enhancing culture for better retention
As part of Navy’s growth and retention strategy, staff working in the office of Commander Shore Force have been developing a raft of new initiatives to support serving members while also preserving the traditions, culture and history of the service.  One such initiative aims to reinvigorate mess life across all naval establishments.  More.....
06 Jul 2019 When John Paul Jones crossed over
It is of little consequence whether, in the heat of a 1779 naval battle aboard the frigate Bonhomme Richard — its deck slick with blood, its hull splintered by cannon fire — Capt. John Paul Jones shouted to the opposing British captain, “I have not yet begun to fight!”  Nor does it matter whether Jones actually founded the Navy, won the American Revolutionary War on the seas or was an object of admiration among society ladies in Paris.  More.....
05 Jul 2019 Moscow:  Nuclear reactor safe on fire-ravaged sub
The nuclear reactor on one of the Russian navy’s research submersibles hasn’t been damaged in a fire that killed 14 seamen, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday, adding that the vessel would be put back into service after repairs.  The Defense Ministry said the 14 seamen were killed by toxic fumes from Monday's blaze, the navy's worst accident in more than a decade.  It said some others survived the blaze, but there was no information on how many crew members have been rescued.  More.....
05 Jul 2019 SEAL sentenced for posing with dead detainee
A Navy SEAL who was acquitted of killing a wounded Islamic State captive but convicted of posing with the corpse was sentenced by a military jury Wednesday to a reduction in rank and four months of confinement.  A judge, however, credited Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher with enough time already spent in custody to ensure he won’t be locked up.  More.....
05 Jul 2019 It's a dog's life at sea
Three dogs and their handlers deployed to sea off Townsville recently, as part of the Australian Defence Force’s Australian Amphibious Task Group.  The Task Group was conducting Exercise SEA RAIDER – an exercise designed to test the Australian Defence Force’s capacity to conduct amphibious warfare, stability and security operations, render humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and evacuate civilians from uncertain environments.  More.....
04 Jul 2019 Hugh White’s plan for defending Australia simply isn’t viable
How to defend Australia sets out four strategic objectives for Australian forces:  defending the continent, securing the neighbourhood, supporting maritime Southeast Asia and preserving the wider Asian balance.  More.....
04 Jul 2019 Future-proofing the Attack class (part 2): performance and capacity
In part 1, we discussed how we ensure we get the right propulsion system for Australia’s Attack-class submarines.  We argued that nuclear power is an inadvisable and improbable option and observed that lithium-ion batteries, and other light metal battery technology, could transform the nation’s submarine forces.  Here, we examine the extraordinary acceleration in the performance of light metal batteries already being incorporated in submarines in our region.  More.....
04 Jul 2019 Sea Series exercises draw to a close
03 Jul 2019 SEAL war crimes suspect not guilty on murder charge
More than nine months after he was charged with murder, attempted murder and a string of other alleged war crimes tied to a 2017 deployment in Iraq, Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher strolled out of a Naval Base San Diego courtroom a free man, guilty only of appearing in an inappropriate photograph.  More.....
03 Jul 2019 Navy sailor saves four-day old baby
A Darwin-based sailor has been branded a hero after she saved the life of four-day old baby, injuring herself in the process.  Able Seaman Medic Carly Burke credited her training for teaching her the confidence and skills to resuscitate the choking infant.  More.....
02 Jul 2019 China begins naval exercise in the South China Sea
China is holding military exercises across a broad swath of the South China Sea, reinforcing its claim to virtually the entire strategic waterway.  A notice from the Maritime Safety Administration gave few details other than saying the exercises would be held square in the middle of the crucial waterway and would end on Wednesday.  It gave the location of the drills as between the contested Paracel and Spratly island groups, where Vietnam, the Philippines and others claim territory.  More.....
02 Jul 2019 Modern battleships:  Arsenal ships and next-gen surface long-range maritime strike
While aircraft carriers will continue to serve a pivotal role in the era of increasingly advanced, long-range integrated anti-access/area denial (A2/AD), heavily armed arsenal ships have been floated as complementary platforms that can enhance the lethality of contemporary navies – supporting destroyers, cruisers, frigates and aircraft carriers and amphibious power projection operations.  More.....
02 Jul 2019 Hugh White calls for Australia to scrap ships and build more submarines
Australia must massively reorganise its planned defence structure by selling off most of its surface ships, abandoning those still to be built and replacing them with a fleet of 24 or even 36 submarines and many more strike aircraft, says long-time Defence Department official and academic Hugh White.  More.....
02 Jul 2019

Navy League of Australia(Vic-Tas Div)
July newsletter is now available to download..... 
01 Jul 2019 Minister welcomes support for veterans from Governor General
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester has welcomed the focus on Australian veterans during the swearing in of the nation’s 27th Governor General, David Hurley.  Mr Chester said both Mr Hurley and Prime Minister Scott Morrison took the official swearing-in ceremony as an opportunity to acknowledge Australia’s veterans and pay tribute to their sacrifice.  More.....
01 Jul 2019 HMAS Success decommissioning
01 Jul 2019 A ‘Sewing Circle’ of SEALs and a chief fighting to clear his name
It was called the “The Sewing Circle,” an unlikely name for a secret sect of Navy SEALs.  Its purpose was even more improbable: A chat forum to discuss alleged war crimes they said their highly decorated chief committed on a recent tour of duty in Iraq.  More.....
01 Jul 2019 Australia must do more than flag-wave in the South China Sea
There’s a credibility problem in the South China Sea.  When ASEAN states consider China’s commitment to dominating maritime Southeast Asia, its capability and the risks it’s willing to take, they undoubtedly come up with a pretty clear-eyed assessment.  It’s knowledge won through painful experience.  ASEAN states also know that opposing Beijing too strongly will bring punishment, while conformity can bring rewards.  And they have a good deal of certainty that China’s strategic intent won’t be changing anytime soon.  More.....
01 Jul 2019 Change of command for Navy's flagship
Captain Terry Morrison has joined HMAS Canberra as her fourth Commanding Officer, having previously served as Director Destroyers - a job which had him in charge of the Hobart Class project.  As a Principal Warfare Officer, Captain Morrison has spent most of his career at sea.  In addition to his time as Executive Officer of HMAS Newcastle, Captain Morrison has commanded HMA Ships Geraldton, Gawler and Darwin.  He also exercised command of the Australian Navy Training Team ashore in Iraq as part of Operation SLIPPER.  More.....
01 Jul 2019 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
July issue.....
01 Jul 2019 Making it easier for veterans to access support
Improvements to how veterans and their families access services and support will continue with funding committed for the ongoing transformation of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) secured until 2021.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said improvements made to-date meant that veterans and their families, in many cases, are now able to get almost immediate decisions on claims through DVA’s online platform, MyService.   More.....
30 Jun 2019 HMAS Newcastle retires after 25 years' service
The Royal Australian Navy has celebrated the completion of 25 years of service by HMAS Newcastle at a ceremony to decommission the ship at her home port of Garden Island in Sydney.  Since commissioning in 1993, Newcastle had steamed around 815,000 nautical miles, deployed on operations to the Middle East six times; earned battle honours for her service in East Timor, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East; and conducted peacekeeping operations in the Solomon Islands.  More.....
29 Jun 2019 HMAS Success decommissions after 33 years' service to Australia
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has decommissioned the Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship HMAS Success, at her home port of Garden Island in Sydney, in a ceremony full of tradition, after more than three decades of service.  Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN joined 23rd and final Commanding Officer of HMAS Success, Captain Darren Grogan to pay tribute to the ‘First Lady of the Fleet’, a title given to Navy’s oldest ship, and, the 5,000 men and women who served in her.  More.....
29 Jun 2019 Navy duo unlocks stories of shipwrecks along Australian east coast
There are some incredible people in the Royal Australian Navy, doing some incredible things. An officer and a sailor are helping to map shipwrecks along the Australian east coast, diving to significant depths to document vessels sunk in both war and peace.  Sub Lieutenant Ruslan Pnevski and Able Seaman Tom Gower are part of a civilian diving group called the ‘Sydney Project’, which has a mission to “find, film and document the wrecks of lost ships, solving mysteries of unfinished voyages and writing their untold stories.”  More.....
28 Jun 2019 Developing Australia’s at-sea deterrence force: Sub hunter-killer groups
Silently hunting below the waves, the vessels are increasingly lethal and difficult to detect – submarines are one of the great tactical and strategic levellers. Patrolling groups of hunter-killers and at-sea deterrence force structures serve to enhance the specialisation and increasing capabilities of contemporary navies.  More.....
28 Jun 2019 HMAS Ballarat conducts boarding
28 Jun 2019
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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.....