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23 Jan 2019 Should Australia follow Japan and take the F-35 to sea?
Japan’s decision to deploy the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the joint strike fighter, the F-35B, from its Izumo-class warships will transform them into what many predicted they would eventually become—small aircraft carriers.  The jets based on JS Izumo, and its sister ship the Kaga, will be constrained to short-range roles by Japan’s lack of an in-flight refuelling option for the F-35B.  More.....
22 Jan 2019 Talking to the chiefs: Mike Noonan (part 1)
The regional security situation is evolving faster than anyone expected and that’s driving the Royal Australian Navy’s rebalance from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific, says RAN chief Mike Noonan.  ‘Our government’s focus on the role that Australia plays in the Southwest Pacific has deepened significantly in recent times’, says Noonan, who assumed command of the navy in July last year.  The navy’s never left the region but now has a more dedicated focus on it, he tells The Strategist.  More.....
22 Jan 2019 Expanded online claiming for veterans
FASTER claim submissions and processing times for veterans and their families are being delivered through a number of recent improvements and features to MyService – the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) online platform.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said veterans and their families can now submit claims for Incapacity Payments online, which is one of the most significant enhancements since the platform’s inception in 2017.  More.....
21 Jan 2019 The SPY-6 radar is closer to deploying with the US fleet
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21 Jan 2019 What does Lockheed Martin’s version of a future frigate look like?
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21 Jan 2019 Russia scrambles corvettes to escort US destroyers in Baltic Sea
The Russian Navy’s Baltic Sea Fleet has deployed two corvettes to escort two US Navy destroyers currently underway in the Baltic Sea.  Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Porter transited the Skagerrak Strait on January 20 during its patrol of the US 6th Fleet area of operations while sister ship USS Gravely operates in the region as flagship of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1).  More.....
18 Jan 2019 US Navy identifies sailor killed in Manbij attack
The US Navy has identified Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, 35, as one of the victims of the January 16 attack in Manbij, Syria.  ISIS claimed responsibility for the explosion which killed four Americans and 15 others in front of a restaurant.  Kent is the first female American service member to be killed in the Syrian conflict.  More.....
18 Jan 2019 New Zealand’s new dive support vessel gets Cougar XT ROV
The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new multi-purpose support vessel will receive the Saab Seaeye Cougar XT underwater robotic vehicle before it is transferred to New Zealand.  Norway-based Østensjø Rederi is contracted to deliver the future HMZS Resolution (formerly known as ‘Edda Fonn’) to the New Zealand Ministry of Defence in 2019 with an integrated ROV and dive system amongst its upgrades.  More.....
18 Jan 2019 Leaking USCGC Polar Star arrives at Antarctica
The US Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker Polar Star arrived Thursday in Antarctica along with a resupply vessel during operation Deep Freeze – a joint military service mission to resupply US interests in Antarctica.  Homeported in Seattle, the 42-year-old Coast Guard cutter is the United States’ only operational heavy icebreaker, and the 150 crew is making their sixth deployment in as many years to directly support the resupply of McMurdo Station – the United States’ main logistics hub in Antarctica.  More.....
17 Jan 2019 CNO urges China to avoid confrontations, refuses to back down on Taiwan Strait
The U.S. Navy’s top officer said he urged China to follow international rules at sea to avoid confrontations and insisted Friday that ships should be able to pass safely though disputed areas of the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.  Chief of U.S. Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told reporters in Tokyo that U.S. Navy ships will continue to operate freely in international waters, including the possibility of an aircraft carrier navigating through the Taiwan Strait.  More.....
17 Jan 2019 Italian Navy sailor dies after mooring cable snaps aboard FREMM frigate
An Italian Navy sailor died from injuries sustained in an accident aboard the FREMM frigate Carlo Bergamini, the Italian defense ministry informed on January 16.  The non-commissioned officer, who has been identified as First Marshall (primo maresciallo) Gioacchino Verde, sustained the fatal injuries as a mooring line snapped during a regular berthing procedure.  More.....
17 Jan 2019 US could ask Australia to host nuclear missiles
What would we say if Washington asked to base nuclear-armed missiles, aimed at China, on Australian territory?  It’s not an entirely hypothetical question.  Amid all the talk of a new cold war with China, the strategic logic of America’s plans to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty plainly suggests that such a request is a real possibility.  More.....
17 Jan 2019 Sailor's life saving random act of kindness
Whilst driving home late one evening, Able Seaman Green saw Luke De-Iudicibus in the process of changing his tyre on the opposite side of the road.  Hoping to be of assistance, the Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Submariner turned around and parked his car defensively to the rear of the disabled vehicle, where the De-Iudicibus family sat and waited patiently for dad to change the tyre.  A few moments later an alleged drunk driver veered across the road and crashed into Daniels parked car, buffering the impact from the De-Iudicibus family who were still sitting patiently in the family car.  More.....
16 Jan 2019 Chinese companies have their eyes on what used to be the US Navy’s biggest base in the Pacific
Two Chinese firms are interested in the Philippines' largest shipyard, once the US's largest naval base in the Pacific, raising new alarm about Chinese expansion.  The Chinese firms, one of which is state-owned, have contacted the Philippines about the facility.  A Chinese takeover would give it a commercial presence in what was once Naval Base Subic Bay, the US’s largest naval facility in the Pacific until it departed in 1992.  More.....
16 Jan 2019 Improving maritime security in the Asia–Pacific
Over recent years, the Asia–Pacific maritime security environment has become increasingly complex.  Transnational serious and organised crime in the maritime domain (including illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; piracy; and trafficking of weapons, drugs and people), terrorism and an increasingly assertive Chinese maritime strategy are generating further complexity.  More.....
15 Jan 2019 China opposes US, ally support for Taiwan’s submarine development program
China’s ministry of foreign affairs has voiced its opposition to foreign countries supporting the development of Taiwan’s indigenous submarine program.  Speaking at a press conference on January 14, foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said China “firmly opposes arms sales to Taiwan by any country and military links in any form between any country and Taiwan.”  More.....
15 Jan 2019 Semaphore: Issue 1 - January 2019
HMAS Tarangau Manus Island

by John Perryman
HMAS Tarangau was a former Royal Australian Navy shore establishment situated on Lombrum Point, Los Negros Island lying approximately 320 kilometres north of mainland New Guinea, two degrees south of the Equator.  It was often referred to as Manus Island from which it was separated on the west by a narrow channel.  Today a bridge connects the two islands which along with others form the Admiralty Islands group.  Manus Island is approximately 80 kms long and 25 kms wide.  More.....
14 Jan 2019 Search on for unknown sailor
On February 6, 1942 the remains of a sailor in a Carley Raft washed up on Christmas Island, 1500km northwest of Western Australia’s northwest coast.  For more than 75 years the identity of the man remained a mystery but it is largely believed he was a crew member from the ill-fated HMAS Sydney (II) which was sunk on November 19, 1941 by German Raider Kormoran.  If this is the case, the unidentified sailor remains the only member of Sydney’s ship’s company to be found; the search is now on to find out exactly who this unknown sailor was.  More.....
13 Jan 2019 HMAS Ballarat seizes 3.1 tonnes of hashish in the Middle East
Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 3.1 tonnes of hashish worth about $155 million* during a boarding operation that took place 8-9 January 2019 in international waters in the Arabian Sea.  The fishing vessel, known as a dhow, was believed to be engaged in illegal activity when Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) directed Ballarat to board the vessel and conduct a flag verification check.  More.....
12 Jan 2019 Quiet achievers in safety
You might not see the work of cryptologic systems (CTS) sailors on board your ship, but their time immersed in signals and intelligence could be the thing keeping everyone safe.  In their compartments, CTS sailors intercept, record and analyse communications and other transmissions to gain a tactical advantage.  Before stepping into their specialist role, CT sailors receive 12 weeks’ training at HMAS Watson’s School of Maritime Warfare – Intelligence to become CT operators (CTO).  More.....
11 Jan 2019 Royal Navy sending another ship on Asia-Pacific deployment
The Royal Navy will deploy Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose to Japan later this year, where the ship will contribute to the enforcement of UN sanctions on North Korea.  Montrose will be the fourth British warship to visit Japan and operate in the region in the past 12 months.  More.....
09 Jan 2019 Russia developing improved, longer-range Kalibr cruise missile
Russian Navy ships and submarines are poised to be equipped with a new and improved Kalibr cruise missile that is currently under development, according to a Tass report.  The upgraded missile will have a range of over 4,500 km, twice that of the current 3M-54 Kalibr cruise missile (NATO codename SS-N-30), the report says.  More.....
08 Jan 2019 Iranian navy vows to sail into America’s backyard
A “flotilla” from Iran’s navy will visit the western Atlantic Ocean in the spring, according to Tehran’s official news agency.  In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency published Friday, Rear Adm. Touraj Hasna Moqaddam said that the cruise “would take five months to complete" and feature Iran’s newest domestically-built destroyer, the Sahand.  More.....
08 Jan 2019 The Navy - Protecting Australia
07 Jan 2019 China fires ’stern complaints’ at US
China says it has registered "stern complaints" with the U.S. over the latest mission by a U.S. Navy ship intended to challenge China's claims of sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea.  Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters on Monday that China dispatched planes and ships to demand that the guided-missile destroyer McCampbell leave waters around the Paracel Islands.  More.....
07 Jan 2019 USS Cole bombing organizer killed in precision strike in Yemen
An al Qaeda operative held responsible for the plotting of the deadly bombing of destroyer USS Cole in 2000 was killed in a precision airstrike, the US Central Command has confirmed.  “Jamal al-Badawi was killed in a precision strike in Marib governate [Yemen] on January 1,” spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said in a statement on January 6.  More.....
07 Jan 2019 After Russia, US destroyer USS McCampbell challenges China’s territorial claims with freedom of navigation operation
US Navy destroyer USS McCampbell carried out a South China Sea freedom of navigation operation on Monday, sailing within 12 miles of the Paracel Island chain.  According to media reports, the Yokosuka-homeported destroyer sailed near three islands in the chain which is claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan but controlled by China.  More.....
04 Jan 2019 Royal Navy OPV deploys to Channel in response to migrant crossing uptick
The United Kingdom has deployed a Royal Navy offshore patrol vessel to the English Channel as part of the country’s response to the recent increase in migrant crossings.  HMS Mersey will support Border Force and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in their efforts to patrol the stretch of water, keep the UK border secure and prevent loss of life.  More.....
04 Jan 2019 Royal Navy pay tribute to HMY Iolaire
Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel joined Prince Charles in paying tribute to the hundreds who died in one of the UK’s greatest maritime tragedies.  Services were held in Stornoway on New Year’s Day to commemorate 100 years since the sinking of HMY Iolaire.  The vessel was carrying 280 sailors on their way home at the end of World War 1.  At 1.55am on January 1, 1919, the ship struck rocks off the perilous entrance to Stornoway Harbour and sunk, taking the lives of 201 people who were just a matter of metres from reaching their island home.  More.....
03 Jan 2019 HMS Montrose joins war on plastic in South Pacific
HMS Montrose joined the international fight against plastic littering the oceans by recording pollution on four Pacific islands.  Pacific currents dump masses of debris on their shorelines – especially on Henderson Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dubbed ‘the most polluted island in the world’.  Upwards of 40 million items of plastic and rubbish have been washed ashore on the uninhabited island, which is about the size of Oxford; the ocean deposits up to 270 objects on its beaches every day.  More.....
03 Jan 2019 Pentagon notifies Congress of two-carrier buy, contract expected by end of January
The US Department of Defense has officially notified the Congress of its intention to buy two aircraft carriers at once in a move that is expected to bring some $4 billion in savings.  In a letter on December 31, the Pentagon formally informed the Congress about the block buy of two Ford-class aircraft carriers.  More.....
03 Jan 2019 Enjoying a gap year with overseas travel included
Compared with others of his generation taking a break after school, Royal Australian Navy Gap Year Sailor, Seaman Bailey Henderson has managed to better them all with his recent overseas trip being ‘all expenses paid’.  SMN Henderson joined HMAS Gascoyne for the ships north east Asian deployment and has visited Australian ports in Cairns and Darwin, Subic Bay in the Philippines, Busan in Korea and Tokyo and Kure in Japan.  More.....
01 Jan 2019 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
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01 Jan 2019 Happy New Year
To all our members and families, we wish you a safe, healthy and happy 2019.
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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.