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11 Dec 2019 Statement - Independent inquiry report into DFRDB scheme
The Government acknowledges the release of the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s independent investigation into the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) scheme.  The Government listened to the concerns of the ex-service community in initiating an independent review of the DFRDB scheme, which focused on the accuracy of information provided about commutation by the Department of Defence (Defence), the Australian Defence Force (ADF) or the scheme administrators, such as the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC).  More.....
10 Dec 2019 Acting SECNAV Posthumously Awards Wings of Gold to NAS Pensacola Shooting Victims
The Navy posthumously awarded Wings of Gold Dec. 10 to all three Sailors killed during the Dec. 6 shooting at Naval Aviation Schools Command aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.  Acting Secretary of the Navy the Honorable Thomas B. Modly proclaimed Ensign Joshua K. Watson as a naval aviator, and Airman Mohammed S. Haitham and Airman Apprentice Cameron S. Walters as naval aircrewmen, Dec. 10.  More.....
10 Dec 2019 Commissioning day for HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Prince of Wales has been commissioned into the Fleet today as the largest warship ever built for the nation.  HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, as the ship’s Lady Sponsor, alongside HRH The Prince of Wales, presided over the ceremony at HM Naval Base Portsmouth this morning, to an audience of 2,000 from industry, allies, friends and families.  More.....
10 Dec 2019 Minehunters achieve first raft refuel exercise with JMSDF
In a first for the Royal Australian Navy, HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne completed a complex dual refuel and stores replenishment with Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Japanese Ship (JS) Uraga.  The evolution involved the two Huon class minehunters ‘rafting’ up to the anchored Mine Sweep Tender and taking on a combined 32,000 litres of fuel and three days-worth of food stores each.  More.....
07 Dec 2019 Simpler access to medical treatment for veterans
VETERANS who currently have to pay for their medical treatment upfront and wait to be reimbursed will only need to present their Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) health card to pay for their treatment under changes to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) passed through Parliament yesterday.  More.....
06 Dec 2019 Navy Task Group returns from East Asia deployment
Three Royal Australian Navy warships have returned to their homeport at Garden Island, Sydney following a three month deployment through East Asia.  HMA Ships Hobart, Stuart and Parramatta were the lead element of a Task Group of eleven vessels deployed to the region since September, conducting bilateral and multi-national activities and fostering Australia’s long-standing relationships with its neighbours.  More.....
05 Dec 2019 New Gerald R. Ford-class Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy to be Christened Dec. 7
The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), will be christened on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Newport News, Virginia.  John F. Kennedy is the second aircraft carrier of the Gerald R. Ford class, slated to replace USS Nimitz (CVN 68), when that ship is decommissioned.  More.....
05 Dec 2019 WWI German battlecruiser wreck discovered off Falkland Islands
The wreck of SMS Scharnhorst, a sunken armored battlecruiser of the German Navy, has been located off the Falkland Islands, the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust said.  The Scharnhorst, the flagship of Admiral Maximilian Graf von Spee’s East Asia Squadron, was sunk in December 1914 during the Battle of the Falkland Islands, a crucial naval battle in the early days of the First World War.  More.....
04 Dec 2019 The Adams-class guided-missile destroyers and the RAN
by David Shackleton
From its origins in 1901 until the late 1950s, through its deep association with the Royal Navy, the Royal Australian Navy became unmistakably British in outlook, practices and culture.  It was a relationship of great value to Australia.  That comfortable symbiosis had reached its zenith by 1957, when Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced to parliament that Australia would be moving towards standardising Australia’s military services with those of the United States.  More.....
03 Dec 2019 Royal Australia Navy’s primary mine warfare and clearance training
03 Dec 2019 Concerns as US Navy scales back Poseidon purchase, limiting allied anti-sub capability
With half of the world’s combat submarines expected to be operating in the Indo-Pacific in coming decades it would seem anti-submarine capability would be at the forefront of requirements – however, the US Navy’s 2021 budget request seeks no new money for advanced anti-submarine aircraft to meet the rising Chinese and Russian submarine threats.  More.....
03 Dec 2019 The five-domains update
Sea state

Australia’s fleet of 12 new submarines will cost about $225 billion to build and maintain, according to the program’s head. Greg Sammut told Senate estimates that it would cost $80 billion to build the vessels plus $145 billion to ‘sustain, update and upgrade’ them until 2080. ASPI’s Marcus Hellyer said the total cost wasn’t surprising, as submarines are ‘currently our most expensive capability to sustain’.  More.....
03 Dec 2019 Supporting the ADF's helicopter capabilities at sea
DST scientists are helping to support the effectiveness of the Australian Defence Force’s helicopter capabilities on deployment, particularly when deployed with the Royal Australian Navy’s ships.  Defence Science and Techology (DST) scientist Dr Hurmat Ain said the critical work relies heavily on several core domains. One is flight modelling, used to represent helicopters in multiple situations such as slung load analysis, accident investigations or defining ship-helicopter operating envelopes.  More.....
03 Dec 2019 Opinion Piece - Defence jobs more than work on subs
Published in The West Australian, Tuesday 3 December 2019
Rarely does a week go by without a story in the West Australian or Adelaide Advertiser about the competition for the Collins-class submarine full cycle docking work.  But seldom do we hear about defence industries in both states that are unrelated to submarine maintenance.  The fact is, both states are in the box seat to benefit greatly from our Government’s unprecedented investment in defence industry.  More.....
02 Dec 2019 Please explain: SEA 1000 costs and delivery time balloon again
The latest round of Senate estimates hearings has revealed a startling cost explosion for Australia’s Attack Class future submarines, raising questions about affordability and a potential capability gap leaving the nation exposed at a time when half of the world’s combat submarines are expected to be operating in the Indo-Pacific.  More.....
02 Dec 2019 NUSHIP sailors honour forebears gone but not forgotten
A new generation of Royal Australian Navy officers and sailors have commemorated their forebears who died when HMAS Sydney (II) was sunk 78 years ago.  The ship’s company of NUSHIP Sydney - the fifth ship of the Australian Navy to carry the name - attended a commemorative service at the Martin Place Cenotaph on 19 November, remembering the 645 men of HMAS Sydney (II) who lost their lives in battle with the German raider Kormoran in 1941.  More.....
02 Dec 2019 DVA services during the holiday season
DVA will continue providing support to veterans and their families during the holiday season. However, please be aware that some services will be impacted from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day inclusive.  More.....
02 Dec 2019


Navy League of Australia(Western Australia Division)

November newsletter is now available to download.....
01 Dec 2019 Marine Technician Challenge 2019
01 Dec 2019 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
December issue.....
01 Dec 2019 Open Arms community and peer program expands nationally
SUPPORT for veterans and their families who may be struggling with mental health conditions or at risk of suicide, will be enhanced through the Community and Peer Program which is currently being rolled out across Australia.  The program, run by Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling (Open Arms), connects veterans and family members who may be struggling with their mental health, with peers who bring a lived experience of mental health issues and, importantly, of recovery.  More.....
01 Dec 2019 Navy tanker back home for Christmas
Following a busy 12 months for HMAS Sirius, the Royal Australian Navy’s West Coast based replenishment ship returned to her home port of Fleet Base West, Rockingham to the smiling faces of family and friends.  Sirius has spent just 10 weeks of the past 12 months at Fleet Base West after three overseas deployments in 2019.  More.....
30 Nov 2019 Improving Indian Ocean maritime security
An important step forward was taken in Fremantle this week, as the navies of Australia, India and Indonesia came together for the first time to discuss mutual maritime security objectives.  As leaders within the region, the three nations and navies share a geographical and strategic interest in working together where appropriate to promote a secure and rules based Indian Ocean maritime environment.  More.....
29 Nov 2019 Release of reports from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Today the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released three independent reports into the health and wellbeing of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel: 
1. The National suicide monitoring of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel: 2019 update
2. Use of homelessness services by contemporary ex-serving ADF members: 2011–17
3. Medications dispensed to contemporary ex-serving Australian Defence Force members 2017–18.  More.....
29 Nov 2019 Navy Veteran achieves another milestone
Former Leading Seaman Steward Melville Roy McMillan was visited at his Victorian nursing home by a delegation of current Navy Stewards to celebrate his 100th birthday this month.  Melville was a leading Seaman Steward who served in HMA Ships Vampire (I) and Stuart (I), right through the battles fought in the Mediterranean in 1940 and 1941 by the Scrap Iron Flotilla, under legendary Royal Australian Navy Captain Hec Waller.  More.....
29 Nov 2019 Electronic Technician Challenge 2019
28 Nov 2019 ADF visits Tonga to enhance capability, education and training
28 Nov 2019 Expanding access to low cost home insurance for veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force
More than 300,000 additional Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans, including Reservists and Peacekeepers, will be able to access low cost home insurance through the Defence Service Homes Insurance.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said changes to eligibility will mean all current and former ADF members who have at least one days’ continuous service can access Defence Service Homes Insurance from 1 January 2020.  More.....
28 Nov 2019 Australia's newest officers graduate from Naval college
Navy’s newest junior officers have graduated from the Royal Naval College at HMAS Creswell as part of New Entry Officer Course (NEOC) 61.  The 134 Australian and five international graduates — the last for 2019 — marched proudly on to the Parade Ground, wearing the ceremonial uniforms of Australian Midshipmen, Sub Lieutenants and Lieutenants in front of family and friends.  More.....
27 Nov 2019 Veterans to play key role in memorial development project
VETERANS will be engaged on the early works of the Australian War Memorial’s development project, with construction company Lendlease today announced as the head contractor for the extension of the Poppy’s Café car park.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the extension works, which are worth $10.5 million and are expected to take eight months to complete, will see Lendlease partner with its subcontractors and organisations such as Veterans in Construction to complete the project.  More.....
26 Nov 2019
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Information of Interest

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.