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12 Oct 2019 Service on certain submarine special operations, 1978 to 1997
Since 2010, Submarine Special Operations (SSO) which took place between l January 1978 and 31 December 1992 have been classified as 'operational' and 'qualifying service' under the VEA.  Following a review by the Department of Defence, the Parliament has agreed that service by submariners on certain special operations after 31 December 1992 should be reclassified.  The passage of this Act means that service on SSO between l January 1993 and 12 May 1997 is now also considered 'operational' and 'qualifying service' under the VEA.  This effectively extends the end date of the previous period of eligibility.  Factsheet IS65.....
12 Oct 2019 First human to walk in space dies in Moscow
Alexei Leonov, the legendary Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space 54 years ago — and who nearly didn’t make it back into his space capsule — has died in Moscow at 85.  The Russian space agency Roscosmos made the announcement on its website Friday but gave no cause for his death.  Leonov had health issues for several years, according to Russia media.  More.....
12 Oct 2019 HMAS Brisbane ready for Combat System Trials
On the eve of her Combat System Trials, the crew of HMAS Brisbane have used the passage and time alongside San Diego to fully prepare for this important milestone, which are the culmination of a concentrated combat system preparation and training period which has been running for nearly twelve months.  In the months prior to deploying, Brisbane embarked a team from the United States who have worked alongside the ship's company to optimize the combat system and conduct operator training.  More.....
12 Oct 2019 Iran: 2 missiles hit oil tanker off Saudi coast
Iranian officials say two missiles have struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia.  Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA quoted a statement from Iran’s national oil tanker firm as saying an attack targeted a tanker it identified as the Sabity.  More.....
11 Oct 2019 Sea Power Conference Highlights
11 Oct 2019 South Korea pursuit of nuclear submarines heats up regional competition
South Korea is allegedly reviewing plans to build a 5,000-tonne nuclear-powered submarine based on the French Barracuda Class submarine, which serves as the basis for Australia’s own Attack Class vessels – marking a major transition for the regional power.  As both China and Japan surge ahead with plans to build potent aircraft carrier capabilities, South Korea has joined the race and announced plans to build a modified large-deck aircraft carrier based on the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) Dokdo Class amphibious warfare ships – seemingly leaving Australia as the only established Indo-Pacific power without a plan for a traditional, fixed-wing naval aviation and aircraft carrier capability.  More.....
11 Oct 2019 Australia’s navy is undergunned for denying long-range attackers
The Royal Australian Navy has neglected long-range naval surface-warfare capability for too long.  Its new Hobart-class air warfare destroyers represent Australia’s most advanced naval combatant introduced into operational service, but their main anti-ship and land-attack missile, the RGM-84 Harpoon Block II, has a range of only 124 kilometres, is subsonic and has an explosive payload of just 272 kilograms.  More.....
11 Oct 2019 ECA Group at PACIFIC 2019: Mine Warfare & Deperming Solutions
10 Oct 2019 Submarines play a vital role in national security
The Deputy Secretary National Security, Ms Caroline Millar recently visited HMAS Sheean at Fleet Base West to see first-hand the vital capabilities submarines provide to secure the nation.  After an initial briefing by Deputy Commander Submarine Force, Commander Chris Forward, Ms Millar was provided a tour onboard HMAS Sheean where the Deputy Secretary was welcomed aboard by Commanding Officer HMAS Sheean, Commander Darren White.  More.....
10 Oct 2019 Video: Day 2 at PACIFIC 2019 – Royal Australian Navy Programs
09 Oct 2019 Defending Australia and its Interests: Continuity and Change
One Day Seminar 18 October 2019
Can Australia defend itself? What national interests must we protect? As a sovereign nation, are we becoming more or less secure? What can we learn from our experience to now? How can we better think about the future?

Join an esteemed group of critical thinkers for a one-day Seminar to consider these questions of national importance.

The Seminar will begin with four noted speakers presenting papers that examine four eras in our national history. Each speaker will address five essential questions:

• What were Australia’s Interests? (real or perceived)

• What threatened those interests?

• What strategy did the Australian Government adopt to protect its interests?

• Was the strategy successful?

• What lessons can be identified?

The eras that each speaker will consider are:

· Dr Tom Rogers - pre-Federation to post-First World War.

· Professor David Horner - the Inter-War period to the Cold War.

· Professor Peter Edwards - the Cold War.

· Professor Peter Leahy - the post-Cold War era.

The four speakers will then be followed by a facilitated panel discussion that seeks to identify the factors that are relevant to our contemporary circumstances.

Joining the four speakers will be three prominent strategists: Honorary Professor Brendan Sargeant from the Australian National University, Captain Sean Andrews from the Sea Power Centre, and Jim Molan.

The Seminar is presented by Military History and Heritage Victoria Inc. (MHHV) in partnership with the Navy League of Australia VIC-TAS Division, Naval Commemoration Committee of Victoria (NCCV) and the Royal United Services Institute of Victoria (RUSIV).

The Seminar will be held at Anzac House, 4 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000.

The Seminar Programme is attached.

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Ticket pricing includes tea and coffee and gourmet sandwich lunch.
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09 Oct 2019 PACIFIC 2019: Lacroix Ready to Supply RAN via Local Partnership
During PACIFIC 2019, Lacroix is showcasing its latest solutions such as the SYLENA MK2 decoy launching system, focusing on RAN tailor-made naval solutions for the SEA5000 and SEA1180 programs.  Naval News took the opportunity of the event to sit down with Lacroix’s Jean-Marie Pascal, senior business development manager for Asia Pacific.  More.....
09 Oct 2019 PACIFIC 2019: Next Generation Tactical Watercraft by The Whiskey Project
Australian veteran-owned watercraft manufacturer, The Whiskey Project, has today unveiled Whiskey Alpha, the first of its much anticipated next-generation tactical watercraft designed to provide optimal performance and protection for personnel operating in maritime tactical environments.  More.....
09 Oct 2019 French Marine Industry Group GICAN at PACIFIC 2019 - Day 1
09 Oct 2019 Strong industry interest for Future Submarine Program briefing
Over 700 Australian and international companies, research and development and educational institutions have gathered at the Pacific 2019 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney to be updated on the largest defence contract in Australia’s history; the Attack Class submarine program.  The joint briefing involved the Future Submarine Enterprise partners – the Department of Defence and prime contractors Naval Group as the platform system integrator (PSI) and Lockheed Martin Australia as the combat system integrator (CSI).  More.....
09 Oct 2019 AMDC aims to deliver world-class R&D collaboration in Australia’s maritime industry
In a move that will bolster and give a ‘step up’ to Australia’s maritime future, the Australian Maritime Development Centre has been slated to be operational by Q1 2020, it was confirmed at the PACIFIC 2019 Maritime Exposition.  The AMDC is a collaboration between government, academia, and industry and aims to “solve the biggest challenges facing the local defence and maritime sector”, with the intention to become the science, technology and innovation “centrepiece” of the aforementioned industries.  More.....
09 Oct 2019 Girt by sea: MINDEF’s Sea Power speech reinforces the role of RAN
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has used her address to the Sea Power Conference to reinforce the future of the Royal Australian Navy and its record $95 billion recapitalisation program, which will see the Navy transformed into one of the most capable middle-power navies in the world with a sustainable, globally competitive defence industrial base serving as a fundamental input to capability during a period of unprecedented global competition.  More.....
09 Oct 2019 Navy recruiting for roles that don’t yet exist
The size of the Royal Australian Navy’s workforce must increase if the service is to maintain its rising operational tempo, says Vice Admiral Mike Noonan.  ‘We’ve a navy heading towards 12 submarines, 12 surface combatants, 12 offshore patrol vessels’, the navy chief told The Strategist. ‘And if you accept the requirement for us to be conducting more sustained operations off the Australian station, achieving our future workforce milestones is going to be absolutely critical.’  More.....
09 Oct 2019 Serving sailor captures corvette history in new book
The 2019 Sea Power Conference has provided the perfect setting for the launch of a naval history book written by a young serving sailor.  Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, launched The ABC of Royal Australian Navy Corvettes by Able Seaman Communications Information Systems Libby Pearce in front of an audience that included her mum, Lisa, and stepdad, Neil.  More.....
09 Oct 2019 Sea Power Conference 2019 - Day 1
09 Oct 2019 Launch of Sea Power Conference 2019 onboard HMAS Adelaide
09 Oct 2019 SeaPower Conference Intro Movie
08 Oct 2019 Navy chief says Australia is carving out a bigger role for itself in the region
The Royal Australian Navy is strongly focused on building relationships with allies and gaining experience in an increasingly complex and uncertain Indo-Pacific region, says its commander, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan.  ‘The geopolitical climate that we find ourselves in is unpredictable’, the navy chief told The Strategist. ‘It’s probably more dynamic than we’ve seen the Indo-Pacific, and it’s changing quite rapidly.’  More.....
08 Oct 2019 The five-domains update
Sea state
Naval Group has contracted Schneider Electric France to provide the main DC switchboards for the Royal Australian Navy’s Attack-class submarines. The switchboards will distribute power from the submarine’s batteries and diesel generators to many of the submarine’s systems.  While Schneider Electric plans on transferring some of the work to its Australian subsidiary and using local suppliers for equipment, the deal has sparked concerns that too little business from the submarine build is going to Australian companies.  More.....
08 Oct 2019 Navy unveils new deal with industry partners
The Navy Industry Engagement Strategy was launched by the Chief of Navy at the start of the Sea Power Conference in Sydney.  Vice Admiral Mike Noonan said the Royal Australian Navy was undergoing an unprecedented and ambitious shipbuilding program and Industry is a critical driver of success.  More.....
08 Oct 2019 Attack Class submarine subsystems contract signing
We are pleased to announce Lockheed Martin Australia has signed a subcontract with Safran Electronics and Defense Australasia Pty Ltd (Safran) for the design of components for the Attack Class submarines.  This will support the operation and sustainment of the Attack Class while maximising the involvement of Australian industry.  More.....
08 Oct 2019 Raytheon to provide combat system engineering support services
Raytheon will provide combat system engineering support services to the Royal Australian Navy for up to six years following a new agreement with Defence.  The Liberal and National Government is committed to providing the Australian Defence Force with the best capability to defend Australia’s national interests.  More.....
08 Oct 2019 Industry's Shipbuilding Workforce Plan For Australia
The five naval shipbuilding primes have signed a landmark Industry Strategic Workforce Plan with the Naval Shipbuilding College that will boost our sovereign capability to design, build and sustain Australia’s naval capabilities.   The Naval Shipbuilding College, Naval Group Australia, BAE Systems Australia, ASC, Luerssen Australia, SAAB Australia and Lockheed Martin Australia have come together to develop their Industry Strategic Workforce Plan.  More.....
08 Oct 2019 Melbourne company to develop maritime unmanned aerial system
A Melbourne company has received a $3.5 million contract to develop an unmanned aerial system with potential future applications for the Royal Australian Navy.  Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced the Defence Innovation Hub contract with Sypaq Systems at PACIFIC 2019 in Sydney today.  More.....
07 Oct 2019 Navy launches Industry Engagement Strategy
07 Oct 2019 Stay Smart Online Week 2019
Joint Media Release
Today marks the start of Stay Smart Online Week, the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s annual initiative to raise awareness about online security and the impact of cybercrime on our community. Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Peter Dutton MP said cyber security has never been more important to Australia’s economic prosperity and national security.  More.....
04 Oct 2019 US demonstrates distributed lethality of Navy LCS and Air Force Bombers
The US Navy has combined the distributed lethality of an up-gunned, Australian-designed LCS equipped with the Naval Strike Missile with the long-range strike capability of the Air Force’s B-52H, giving credibility to the concept of an up-armed light frigate designed for rapid response and long-range sea-control and forward presence operations.  More.....
04 Oct 2019 Hundreds of sailors learn how to ask ‘R U OK?’
The largest warship in the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet has today marked Mental Health Awareness Month with an event to build confidence in asking ‘R U OK?’, prior to overseas deployment later this month.  The 400-strong ship’s company of HMAS Adelaide were joined by personnel from sister ship Canberra to learn how to spot the signs that it might be time to have an R U OK? conversation.  More.....
03 Oct 2019 HMS Dragon brings air defence expertise to USS Dwight. D Eisenhower
HMS Dragon defended American aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower from aerial threats as she warmed up for operational training with the UK’s Carrier Strike Group.  The Type 45 Destroyer brings specialist air defence capabilities to carrier missions, using high-powered surveillance radars to scope out potential enemies and, if needs be, eliminate them.  More.....
02 Oct 2019 HMS Prince of Wales hits top speed at sea
HMS Prince of Wales thundered through the sea at 25 knots as her diesel generators and gas turbines were pushed to full throttle during only her second week of trials.  It took almost all the 109 Megawatts of power – enough to meet the needs of a city the size of the carrier’s home of Portsmouth – the six engines generate to propel the 65,000-tonne warship along at full speed.  And it required another two miles of clear sea to bring the 280-metre-long aircraft carrier to a stop again – such is the momentum generated by the engines running flat out.  More.....
02 Oct 2019  New enterprise student management system for Defence
A new initiative will soon be rolled out across Australian Defence Force training establishments to enhance the education and training of personnel.  Commander Australian Defence College, Major General Mick Ryan said the new enterprise student management system would provide a reliable approach to recording training conducted by Defence personnel.  More.....
02 Oct 2019 WA redoubles efforts to attract Collins Class FCD opportunity
West Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Defence Issues Paul Papalia have announced the release of the state’s business case to the federal government outlining its commitment to bring Collins Class full cycle docking (FCD) to WA by 2024-25.  The business case provides further detail after the independent PricewaterhouseCoopers study, released by the state government last month, identified moving FCD to WA is in the national interest.  More.....
02 Oct 2019 Captain Andrews leading the way
Captain Anne Andrews knows improvements have been made to the lives of Afghan women and girls, which includes a tenfold increase in school enrolments since 2001.  The Royal Australian Navy officer is the gender adviser at the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan.  More.....
01 Oct 2019 Council of the Australian War Memorial appointment
FORMER Prime Minister, the Hon Anthony (Tony) Abbott has today been appointed as a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, bringing with him dedication, passion and knowledge in a period that will see the Memorial upgraded to tell the stories of more recent conflicts.   More.....
01 Oct 2019 KONGSBERG unveils a game changer in naval operations - the Vanguard!
01 Oct 2019 Time-Lapse:  USS George Washington Completes Dry Dock
01 Oct 2019 USS George Washington undocks during nuclear refueling overhaul
The US Navy’s sixth Nimmitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is back in the water after Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division completed the dry dock portion of the ship’s refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).  More than 100 million gallons of water was flooded into the dry dock to move George Washington to an outfitting berth, where it will begin final outfitting and testing.  More.....
01 Oct 2019 Portugal hosts maritime unmanned systems experimentation drill
The international unmanned maritime systems experimentation exercise hosted by the Portuguese Navy concluded in waters near Lisbon, Portugal, on September 27.  Named Recognized Environmental Picture augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems REP (MUS), the exercise was attended by US, European Navy and NATO partners.  More.....
01 Oct 2019 The five-domains update
Sea state

The Brazilian navy has started sea trials of its first Scorpene-class attack submarine, Riachuelo.  The submarine, which is being developed by French company Naval Group, was first launched in 2018 as part of an R$35 billion (A$12.5 billion) program for four conventional submarines and Brazil’s first nuclear-powered submarine.  The program has been delayed, however, and the launch date of the last boats has been put back until 2029.  Naval Group is also currently developing submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.  More.....
27 Sep 2019 Royal Navy detonates huge historic bomb
Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have destroyed a 987kg German World War Two bomb found in the wreck of a 17th century warship near Southend Pier in Essex.  Civilian divers with Historic England discovered the historic device during an archeological dive on the 350-year-old protected shipwreck of 'London' which lies in two parts near the pier.  More.....
27 Sep 2019 Assistance dogs to support veterans with PTSD
Military veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be able to access specially trained assistance dogs under a new program announced today by Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester.  Mr Chester said two suppliers of assistance dogs had been contracted to work with the veteran community following overwhelming feedback from ex-service organisations.  More.....
27 Sep 2019 HMAS Melbourne final return
 
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