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17 May 2017 Ex-HMAS Sydney retires to Western Australia
Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan said Ex-HMAS Sydney would leave Sydney Harbour today to be towed to Western Australia for recycling by Australian company Birdon Pty Ltd.  Ex-HMAS Sydney had an illustrious career during her 32 years in service with the Royal Australian Navy,” Mr Tehan said.  “The Adelaide Class Frigate was involved in operations spanning the Middle East, East Timor, Fiji and the Solomon Islands and earned a Meritorius Unit Citation during the First Gulf War in 1991.  More.....
17 May 2017 US Navy needs to grow faster, navy chief urges
The U.S. Navy needs to take steps that will ensure the fleet starts growing and improving right away if it wants to remain competitive, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson said on Tuesday in Singapore.  In a report released on Tuesday and titled The Future Navy, CNO outlined what the future fleet should look like.  The white paper’s two main conclusions are that the navy needs to grow to a projected strength of 350 units and that new platforms and operational concepts must be incorporated.  More.....
17 May 2017 Australian Navy’s third air warfare destroyer receives mast
In another step towards completing hull integration in the coming months, Royal Australian Navy’s third air warfare destroyer, the future Sydney, received her mast on May 15.  AWD Alliance, with shipbuilder ASC at the helm, loaded out the mast onto the hull of Sydney, following a mast stepping ceremony that was held last week.  The mast stepping ceremony celebrates a long standing naval tradition, dating back to the ancient Romans, which involves placing a coin under the mast of a ship for good luck.  More.....
17 May 2017 The Strategist Six: Mark Binskin
Welcome to The Strategist Six, which provides a glimpse into the thinking of prominent academics, government officials, military officers, reporters and interesting individuals from around the world.
1. The ADF has been on operations overseas almost continuously since East Timor in 1999. Have the lessons learned been put to good effect?  More.....
17 May 2017 Gap Years get amongst it
Australian Defence Force Gap Year sailors gained vital experience while onboard Western Australian base, HMAS Stirling as part of the 12 month 'try before you buy' program.  The 12 ‘General Duty’ sailors soaked in a jam-packed schedule in the two days with visits to various Fleet Base West units including a taste of combat logistics activities in replenishment ship HMAS Sirius and a snippet of undersea warfare in HMAS Dechaineux.  More.....
16 May 2017 Securing Australia's naval shipbuilding and sustainment industry
The Turnbull Government has released Australia’s first Naval Shipbuilding Plan, outlining the nation’s largest ever programme of naval shipbuilding and sustainment.  The plan includes a massive injection of funds - $1.3 billion - to develop vital infrastructure in the nation’s shipyards so that we can build the Navy's next generation of naval vessels here in Australia.  The Naval Shipbuilding Plan will end the boom-bust cycle that has afflicted the industry for many years, providing certainty for local businesses and shipbuilding workers.  More.....
15 May 2017 Singapore Navy hosts its first international maritime review
Over 40 ships and 44 nations attended the Republic of Singapore Navy’s first ever international maritime review to May 15.  The event took place at RSS Singapura, Changi Naval Base and was attended by more than 30 navy chiefs, vice navy chiefs and directors-general of coast guards, and more than 40 flag rank officers, according to the Singapore ministry of defense.  The international review is part of a series of events held to mark the Singapore Navy’s 50th anniversary.  More.....
14 May 2017 Navy mums in Vietnam
14 May 2017 Exercise PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2017 begins in Vietnam
14 May 2017 HMAS Arunta Drug Interdiction
11 May 2017 2016 Client Satisfaction Survey results support client centric reform
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the $166.6 million provided in this year’s Budget to implement the first stage of modernising the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) processes and IT system would improve client satisfaction with DVA as results of the 2016 Client Satisfaction Survey were released today.  The 2016 Client Satisfaction Survey of more than 3,000 randomly selected DVA clients, including veterans, war widows/ers, carers and dependants, found an overall satisfaction rating with DVA services of 83%.  More.....
10 May 2017 The last of the few yachties
One Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme participant, possibly the last one of the original 500, had a number of narrow escapes during the Second World War.  Lieutenant Doug Gilling (retd), 95, said he tried to join the Army just after the 6th and 7th Divisions left for the Middle East.  “I was told to come back in a few months when recruiting for the 8th Division was going to start, but luckily I missed that, otherwise I wouldn’t have been here today,” he said.  More.....
10 May 2017 Yachtsmen plaque dedicated at Memorial
The gritty persistence of a Melbourne historian to have a forgotten group of Second World War sailors recognised finally paid off when a plaque was dedicated to them at the Australian War Memorial on 4 May.  About 500 Australian volunteers answered a call from the British Admiralty and joined the Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme.  The scheme was introduced following an appeal to the dominions from the British Admiralty in June 1940 to surge ‘gentlemen’ with yachting experience into service with the Royal Navy.  More.....
10 May 2017 Regional defence ties strengthened as Exercise Bersama Shield wraps up
Members of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) have improved their ability to work together during Exercise Bersama Shield 17.  From 26 April to 9 May 2017, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the United Kingdom conducted the exercise in international waters, off the coast of Malaysia as part of the longest standing multilateral arrangement in South East Asia.  More.....
09 May 2017 Mental health support for veterans and their families, and medical coverage for veterans of nuclear testing
The Government will expand the range of mental health conditions current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members can seek treatment for on a non-liability basis as part of the 2017–18 Budget.  The Government will also provide a Gold Card to cover the health care costs of the surviving participants of the British Nuclear Test program in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s and veterans who served as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF).  The Government has allocated $133.1 million for this initiative to cover eligible veterans.  More.....
09 May 2017 Budget 2017–18 – Defence Budget Overview
The Turnbull Government’s first priority continues to be the safety and security of Australia and its people.
The 2017–18 Budget provides funding to deliver:
*on our ongoing commitments to Defence Operations around the globe, ensuring safety and security at home and secure maritime borders;
*the capability plans set out in the 2016 Defence White Paper through the Defence Integrated Investment Program; and
*the strategies outlined in the Defence Industry Policy Statement to reshape and refocus the Defence and industry partnership.  More.....
08 May 2017 Australian Navy contracts CHC Group for SAR services
The Royal Australian Navy has contracted CHC Group to provide aviation emergency response services out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra, on the south coast of New South Wales.  CHC Group announced the 15 month contract on Sunday adding that crash response services will be delivered at HMAS Albatross until the proposed commencement of an ADF wide contract in 2018.  More.....
07 May 2017 Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD underway
05 May 2017 Australian OPV contender Austal sets up design office in Adelaide
Western Australian shipbuilder Austal is establishing a new design and project management office in Adelaide, South Australia, in a bid to secure a contract for the construction of Australian Navy offshore patrol vessels but also to support the company’s expansion into one of Australia’s two major shipbuilding hubs.  Austal said the new office will initially support preparations for the $3 billion offshore patrol vessel (OPV) project, which will see 12 vessels constructed for the Royal Australian Navy from 2018.  It will also enable Austal to prepare for the Government’s Future Frigate project, comprising nine vessels to be constructed in Adelaide from 2020.  More.....
05 May 2017 ADV Fourcroy officially joins the fleet
The first of two Austal-built Cape Class Patrol Boats has officially joined the Royal Australian Navy fleet.  Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy, was handed over to Navy by Austal and the Australian White Ensign was hoisted for the first time.  Commanding Officer Cape Fourcroy Commander Mark Taylor ordered the crew to ‘cheer ship’ after a naming ceremony was held for the boat alongside Fleet Base West on 1 May.  More.....
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04 May 2017 HMAS Newcastle SM2 Firing
04 May 2017 Increased reimbursement for medical expenses
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said veterans could now claim up to $1,000 reimbursement for medical expenses when they have applied to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) or the Specialist Medical Review Council (SMRC) review process.  Mr Tehan said the reimbursement amount had been increased from $467.50 to $1,000 for each medical condition to encourage the early submission of medical evidence.  More.....
04 May 2017 Supporting Younger Veterans Grants
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced $4.25 million for a grants program to support younger veterans.  The Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) Grants Program will provide $4.25 million over five years to ex-service organisations to encourage partnerships that will deliver innovative and sustainable services for younger veterans.  “The Government recognises the importance of the transition phase for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel as they leave the military,” Mr Tehan said.  More.....
03 May 2017 US Navy research lab makes battery breakthrough
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed a battery that is safer than fire-prone lithium-ion batteries, allowing for some recently banned applications to return to navy ships and other platforms.  Researchers from NRL’s Advanced Electrochemical Materials group are leading an effort to create an entire family of safer, water-based, zinc batteries.  They have demonstrated a breakthrough for nickel–zinc (Ni–Zn) batteries in which a three-dimensional (3-D) Zn “sponge” replaces the powdered zinc anode traditionally used.  More.....
03 May 2017 The Coral Sea, 1942: a nation-saving battle
The Battle of the Coral Sea isn’t as iconic in our national consciousness as Gallipoli, Kokoda, or even El Alamein, Villers-Bretonneux, Amiens or Beersheba.  Those battles and others in the two world wars played into our evolving sense of what we were, and are, as a people, and our national character. Coral Sea stands to the side.  It was a critical event stabilising what seemed to be a freefalling disaster in our strategic situation as the Japanese thrust south punctured every assumption we had of the decisive value of Imperial Defence.  More.....
02 May 2017 Singapore Navy to commission first littoral mission vessel on 50th anniversary
The Republic of Singapore Navy is set to commission the first littoral mission vessel RSS Independence on its 50th anniversary on May 5.  “This will be a significant moment to mark the Navy’s coming of age at 50 years, as we complete our 3rd generation transformation, as we move into our redesign for LMV Indy to be the lead platform, to be, if I can borrow the phrase, the ‘flagship of our future Navy’,” Republic of Singapore Navy chief, Rear-Admiral (RADM) Lai Chung Han, said in May, last year.  More.....
02 May 2017 US Navy considering use of UAVs for man-overboard situations
The U.S. Navy is looking at the possibility of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for man-overboard situations in which the UAVs would help keep a visual on the sailor in the water.  According to the Naval Safety Center, since 2006 more than 110 sailors and marines have fallen overboard, and eight lost their lives.  Operating during rough seas and low visibility increases the risk of someone going overboard, and at the same time, is the most difficult time to maintain a visual on the Sailor.  More.....
02 May 2017 Victorian Budget 2017/18 Supporting and honouring our veterans
This special edition of the Veteran Community Newsletter is to advise you of the Government’s continuing support for veterans in the Victorian Budget 2017/18.  The Budget fosters support and respect for veterans with new funding for a range of targeted programs and initiatives.  More.....
01 May 2017 Battle of the Coral Sea commemorative event

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett AO, CSC, RAN hosted a commemorative ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea (4-8 May 1942) aboard HMAS Choules on the 1st of May in the Coral Sea.  The ceremony honoured the sacrifices of all Navy personnel on both sides who lost their lives during the battle. Attendees at the ceremony included the Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC and Lady Lyn Cosgrove, Federal Attorney-General Senator the Hon George Barndis QC, (representing the Prime Minister of Australia), Minister for Defence, Senator The Hon Marise Payne, State Minister for Defence (Japan), Mr Kenji Wakamiya, Ambassador of Japan to Australia His Excellency Sumio Kusaka, US Charge D’Affaires, Mr James Caruso, Chief of Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC and Commander US Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift.
01 May 2017 Royal Navy’s fourth nuclear submarine launched
HMS Audacious, the fourth of overall seven Astute-class nuclear-powered submarines the Royal Navy will operate, was launched on April 28, at BAE Systems’ Devonshire Dock Hall, in Scotland.  HMS Audacious will now test her propulsion and combat systems before joining the Royal Navy in 2018.  As her sister ships, HMAS Audacious will be carrying Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes and the Tomahawk cruise missiles.  More.....
30 Apr 2017 HMAS Wollongong deploys to the South West Pacific
HMAS Wollongong has embarked on a voyage to the South West Pacific as part of the ADF enduring commitment to assist with building security capacity in the region.  Wollongong’s South West Pacific deployment will see the Armidale-class patrol boat visit Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia.  Through the course of the deployment Wollongong will work with each country to enhance fisheries protection and maritime surveillance capability, and to develop interoperability with the ADF.  More.....
29 Apr 2017 Minister for Defence visits HMAS ARUNTA in the Gulf
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, yesterday met with Royal Australian Navy personnel aboard HMAS Arunta in the Persian Gulf.  HMAS Arunta is on a nine month deployment to Operation MANITOU, Australia’s contribution to maritime security operations in the region, including counter terrorism, counter piracy and narcotics interdiction.  More.....
28 Apr 2017 China and the South China Sea: ‘you shall not pass’
Recently, a senior Vietnamese official asked Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Phnom Penh if negotiations with ASEAN on a South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC) would be completed by the end of the year.  Mr Wang and his officials laughed it off, a Southeast Asian diplomat told me.  A Vietnamese observer said he felt sorry for ASEAN.  ‘They are just using the code of conduct to buy time.’  Chinese cynicism about the COC belies apparent progress.  More.....
28 Apr 2017 Government welcomes ANAO Report into Future Submarine Program Competitive Evaluation Process 28
The Turnbull Government has today welcomed the findings of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report on the Future Submarine Competitive Evaluation Process.  Minister for Defence Industry said the ANAO Report has independently verified that Defence effectively designed and implemented a competitive evaluation process to select an international partner for the Future Submarine Program.  More.....
27 Apr 2017
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27 Apr 2017 Regional cooperation on display as Five Powers Exercise gets underway
Exercise Bersama Shield 2017 commenced today in Malaysia and Singapore with Australian Defence Force personnel supporting South East Asia’s longest enduring multilateral defence relationship, the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA).  The long-running Bersama exercise series aims to enhance the interoperability between the founding members of the FPDA - Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom.  More.....
27 Apr 2017 US Navy helicopter crew safe after crash near Guam
A U.S. Navy helicopter embarked on Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Dewey crashed in waters near Guam on Thursday, the U.S. Navy said.  The entire crew of the MH-60R helicopter, including two pilots and one aircrewman, were safely recovered by USS Dewey (DDG 105) and suffered no apparent injuries.  More.....
26 Apr 2017 CBO: 355 ship fleet would cost the US Navy $102 billion per year
The U.S. Navy would have to spend $102 billion per year to build and operate a 355 ship navy, an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office has concluded.  The assessment was carried out by the agency after the navy released a new force structure assessment in December 2016 which called for a 355 ship fleet.  CBO estimates that the earliest the navy could achieve its fleet goal would be in 2035, or in about 18 years, provided that it received sufficient funding.  More.....
26 Apr 2017 Australia kicks off replacement Pacific Patrol Boat construction
Australia started the construction phase of the replacement Pacific Patrol Boat program with a steel cutting ceremony in Western Australia on April 26.  Up to 21 steel-hulled vessels are set to replace the existing fleet of Pacific Patrol Boats as part of Australia’s new Pacific Maritime Security Program.  Austal is in charge of designing and constructing the first 19 vessels in Henderson, Western Australia.  More.....
26 Apr 2017  China launches first domestically-built aircraft carrier
BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Wednesday launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, which will join an existing one bought second-hand, amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.  State media has quoted military experts as saying the carrier, designed in China and built in the northeast port of Dalian, is not expected to enter service until 2020, as it will take time to fully kit out and arm.  More.....
25 Apr 2017  Royal Australian Navy receives first of two Cape-class patrol boats
The Royal Australian Navy received its first Cape-class patrol boat during a delivery ceremony held at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.  The Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy is the first of two 58 metre patrol vessels that will be chartered by the Commonwealth of Australia on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy, which awarded the A$63 million contract to Austal in December 2015.  More.....
25 Apr 2017 Deputy Chief of Navy - On the Record
Deputy Chief of Navy has responded to an article in the Daily Telegraph about maintenance and operability of the Canberra class amphibious ships.  The article by Mr Matthew Benns in the Daily Telegraph, “What a ship fight” 25 April, is incorrect and misleading in its assertions.  Defence has maintained and operated HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide in accordance with the builders specifications, including the oils and lubricants used in their operation.  More.....
24 Apr 2017 Future Russian Navy’s main warships mentioned in Moscow
On April 21st, the session of the Russian Defence Ministry Board has been held in Moscow under the leadership of the head of the military department General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.  In his opening speech, the Minister of Defence stated that such multipurpose frigates as the Admiral of Soviet Union Fleet Gorshkov fitted with high-precision long-range armament were to become main warships of the Russian Navy and raise its combat potential by 30%.  More.....
24 Apr 2017 Royal Australian Navy to commemorate a number of 75th anniversaries
During 2017 the Royal Australian Navy will pause to commemorate a number of significant 75th anniversaries as it focuses on what was, arguably, the Navy’s darkest year – 1942.  For Australia’s population at that time, 1942 began with a growing sense of trepidation as war spread to the Asia-Pacific following Japan’s attack on the United States Navy fleet in Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.  More.....
24 Apr 2017 Inquiry into military honours
Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has asked for an investigation into the issue of unit recognition for service with the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam (the RANHFV), and service at the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral.  The independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal will conduct the investigation.  The fighting at the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral was some of the bloodiest and intense fighting by Australians in the Vietnam War where 26 Australians lost their lives and many more were wounded.  More.....
23 Apr 2017 US aircraft carrier loses aircraft en route to North Korea
A U.S. Navy pilot flying from the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier crashed while attempting to land during routine flight operations in the Celebs Sea.  The pilot ejected and was quickly recovered by an embarked helicopter.  The navy said the incident, which took place April 21, was under investigation, adding that the crash occurred as the F/A-18E was on final approach to the carrier.  More.....
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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.