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14 Nov 2019 Navy aviation providing bushfire support
13 Nov 2019 Operation RENDER SAFE 19 wraps up
13 Nov 2019 22nd Australia-China Defence Strategic Dialogue
Senior defence officials from Australia and China will meet tomorrow in Sydney for the 22nd Australia-China Defence Strategic Dialogue.  Held since 1997, the annual Australia-China Defence Strategic Dialogue is the peak forum for discussions between Australia’s Department of Defence and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).  More.....
13 Nov 2019 The case for developing joint US, UK and Australian nuclear refuelling facilities
With plans of a growing US and Royal Navy presence in the Indo-Pacific, increased numbers of nuclear-powered vessels will be standard for Australian port visits and forward deployed force rotations – recognising this and the limitation and vulnerability of existing suitable infrastructure in the region presents an interesting opportunity for allied collaboration.  Prompted by increased dialogue between respective counterparts, Australia, the US and UK have sought to focus the 'special relationship' on developing greater levels of interoperability and burden sharing in tactically and strategically sensitive regions of the world.  More.....
12 Nov 2019 USS Grayback Discovered
12 Nov 2019 WWII US submarine wreck found after 75 years
USS Grayback (SS-208), a US Navy submarine missing for 75 years, has been found in Japanese waters. Veteran ocean explorer and Tiburon Subsea CEO Tim Taylor along with his “Lost 52 Project” team have discovered the WWII submarine wreck.  The US Navy officially verified the discovery of Grayback which was made on June 5, 2019, at a depth of 435 meters.  More.....
12 Nov 2019 The five-domains update
Sea state

The Australian government has gifted a Guardian-class patrol boat, the RSIPV Gizo, to the Solomon Islands. It’s the fifth Guardian-class boat that Austal Australia has delivered to the Australian Department of Defence under the Pacific patrol boat replacement project since the company was awarded the contract in 2016. The vessel will replace the RSIPV Lata, which has been in service since 1988. Twelve Pacific island nations and Timor-Leste will receive a total of 21 patrol boats through to 2023 under the project.  More.....
12 Nov 2019 Confront Beijing in South China Sea: Top Defence and DFAT bureaucrat
Former head of the Defence and Foreign Affairs and Trade departments, Dennis Richardson, has set the cat among the pigeons, calling on Australia and the Royal Australian Navy in particular to take the fight to China in the South China Sea in defiance of Beijing and in support of the global ‘rules based order’.  The transformation of the Indo-Pacific provides the opportunity to develop a range of productive relationships with emerging great powers, enhancing Australia’s own economic, political and strategic capability.  More.....
12 Nov 2019 Navy's largest warships achieve new milestone
The Royal Australian Navy now has one of the most capable and sophisticated amphibious deployment systems in the world, with the Fleet’s Landing Helicopter Docks achieving final operational capability.  At 230-metres long and with a speed of more than 20 knots, the 27,500 tonne ships are home-ported at Garden Island, Sydney.  More.....
11 Nov 2019 Salute to Veterans
The deaths of these 5 sailors changed how US manned military units

In the late evening and early morning of Nov. 12-13, 1942, the United States and Japan engaged in one of the most brutal naval battles of World War II.  Minutes into the fight, north of Guadalcanal, a torpedo from Japanese destroyer Amatsukaze ripped into the port side of the American light cruiser Juneau, taking out its steering and guns and killing 19 men in the forward engine room.  More.....
11 Nov 2019 JMSDF, US Navy begin Annual Exercise 19
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the US Navy kicked off their bilateral maritime field exercise, Annual Exercise ‘19, off Japan, November 10.  The annual bilateral exercise provides the two allies the ability to practice and evaluate coordination procedures and interoperability elements while further building on bilateral relationships.  More.....
11 Nov 2019 The month in women, peace and security: October 2019
Annual WPS stocktake
On 29 October the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2493, reaffirming its commitment to the full and continuing implementation of all previous resolutions pertaining to WPS. Although the resolution was unanimously adopted by the 15 council members, American ambassador Kelly Craft told the Security Council that the US was unhappy with references to sexual and reproductive health and the safe termination of pregnancies, positioning it against the UK, France, South Africa and others.  More.....
10 Nov 2019 Five European navies rally around Cold War-era ‘Channel Committee’
Senior navy leaders from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands signed a pact on Thursday placing a renewed focus on the English Channel as a key strategic region for NATO.  The agreement effectively re-awakens the dormant “Channel Committee” of the Cold War, which formed the alliance's braintrust for defending the sea lane connecting the North Sea to the Atlantic.  The move follows a pattern of recent naval strategizing by European nations to fortify their territorial waters against a hypothetical incursion by Russia.  More.....
09 Nov 2019 Hallelujah Veterans Version
Sailor Jerri
I rewrote hallelujah for our Veterans. Every picture in this video was sent to me by the great members of our Armed Forces who have been supporting me from the beginning. Thank you so much for your service and your support.
09 Nov 2019 Final Air Warfare Destroyer completes sea trials
The Australian Defence Force’s third Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), NUSHIP Sydney, is on track to be delivered to the Navy in February 2020 after completing sea trials.  Sydney is the third and final ship being delivered by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance which includes the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia, and ASC Shipbuilding supported by Navantia Australia.  More.....
09 Nov 2019 Green Ghost pays tribute to UN fallen service members
A group of 50 officers and sailors from HMAS Hobart recently participated in a ceremony to mark the 74th United Nations Day during the ship’s current East Asia Deployment.  The ceremony was held at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, in Busan, Republic of Korea, which is the final resting place of 2297 Korean War service members, representing 11 nations.  More.....
08 Nov 2019 Policy, Guns and Money: Indonesia, submarines and Australia’s north
PODCAST:  In this episode, Andrew Davies talks with Marcus Hellyer on the costs of Australia’s future submarine project and they discuss the debate around an Australian long-range strike capability.  More.....
08 Nov 2019 Controlling our maritime approaches and projecting presence throughout the Indo-Pacific (Part 2)
Australia’s capacity to control the maritime continent’s approaches is a critical component of securing the nation – an equally important yet often overlooked part of the equation is sustainably projecting long-range Australian presence throughout the Indo-Pacific using a range of “high-low” naval capabilities.  Australia’s Two Ocean policy, established in the late 1980s, marked a major shift in the naval force posture of the Royal Australian Navy as it shifted away from the last vestiges of power projection in the region toward continental defence in the sea-air gap.  More.....
08 Nov 2019 Australia supports Solomon Islands' security priorities
The Australian Government has today handed over the latest Guardian-class Patrol Boat RSIPV Gizo to the Solomon Islands at a ceremony in Henderson, Western Australia.  RSIPV Gizo was received by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services Anthony Veke.  More.....
08 Nov 2019 Navy ranks grow by 1,000
The Royal Australian Navy’s ambitious growth and retention program has proven a success, with the Navy growing by more than 1,000 members in under two years.  This represents an eight percent increase since January 2018 and is a result of flexible workplace arrangements, financial incentives and industry placements.  More.....
07 Nov 2019 Japan launches second lithium-ion battery powered submarine Toryu
Shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries has launched the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s 12th Soyu-class diesel-electric submarine.  Named Toryu (with pennant number SS 512), the boat is the second in the class to be fitted with lithium-ion batteries which store considerably more power than the lead-acid batteries installed on the previous ten Soryu-class submarines.  More.....
06 Nov 2019 Future USS John Kennedy Commanding Officer, Crew Unveil Official Seal
Capt. Todd Marzano, commanding officer, Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), and crew on Nov. 6 unveiled the seal of the U.S. Navy’s second Ford-class aircraft carrier, under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding-Huntington Ingalls Industries.  Elements of the seal honor President John F. Kennedy, his service to the Navy and his vision for space exploration.  More.....
06 Nov 2019 HMAS Sydney II 80th Anniversary 2021
Update from Adrian Burns
Load Contact and Liaison

We finally have an update to the HMAS SYDNEY II 80th Anniversary in Geraldton Nov 2021.  I’ve been working closely with quite a number of outstanding people who are assisting with the plans and program for the 80th.  Whilst progressing we discovered that a Memorial Cruise had been partially instigated by an Ex Vietnam Veteran from the RAAF No: 9 Squadron.  With this exciting discovery we naturally bought Geoff Irving and his amazing talents onboard combining all plans into one Exciting and Very Memorable Anniversary event for not only the all Ex HMAS SYDNEY Crews and Associates but especially for the HMAS SYDNEY II Descendants and Relatives.  Download full details.....
06 Nov 2019 Ambulance donated to Solomon Islands
06 Nov 2019 Collins submarine maintenance: What’s best for the navy and its people?
The public debate about moving full-cycle dockings of the Collins-class submarines to Western Australia has been overwhelmingly political.  The vital point has so far been ignored: industry is engaged to support the navy, not the other way around.  A navy that repairs and maintains its ships and submarines close to their operating bases (not half a continent away, as we do with the Collins) generates capability more reliably and cost-effectively.  More.....
06 Nov 2019 HMA Ships Stuart and Sirius arrive in Malaysia for bilateral exercise
Fresh from a successful welcoming visit to the Philippines for Second World War 75th anniversary commemorations, HMA Ships Stuart and Sirius have sailed on to Malaysia for continued bilateral engagement.  Stuart’s Commanding Officer, Commander Luke Ryan said interacting with the two regional partners was an important part of the ongoing East Asia Deployment, in which 11 ships are participating in multinational exercises and engagement activities across the region.  More.....
05 Nov 2019 The five-domains update
Sea state

Australia and South Korea have held their annual joint naval exercise.  Code-named ‘Haedori-Wallaby’, the drills included joint manoeuvres and firing exercises, and involved six ships, six aircraft and a submarine on the Korean side and a Hobart-class destroyer and MH-60 helicopter on the Australian side.  The drills were aimed at ‘improving cooperation in the implementation of joint naval operations’.  The exercise comes as the Royal Australian Navy sent the frigate HMAS Parramatta to the region to help enforce sanctions on North Korea.  More.....
05 Nov 2019 The very hungry future submarine
We’ve known for a while that SEA 1000, the Defence Department’s future submarine program, is going to cost a lot of money—we just haven’t known exactly how much.  But as time moves on and Defence releases more data, we’re starting to get a better sense of the program’s cost.  More.....
04 Nov 2019 Minehunters heading north from successful visit
A Royal Australian Navy Minehunter Task Group, consisting of HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne, has departed the Republic of Korea bound for a second Mine Warfare Exercise and professional engagement with Japan, as part of a North East Asian Deployment.  In a sign of the friendships established during their visit, the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) Band played ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and crews from the ROKN Mine Warfare units formed up on the wharf to farewell Diamantina and Gascoyne and wish them safe travels.  More.....
04 Nov 2019 HMAS Goorangai March, Service  and Luncheon- 2019
Sunday, November 17, 11:00am
11:15 Marchers fall in, King Street
11:30 Service commences Ocean View Reserve
12:30 Lunch, RSL Hall, King Street (must book).
Download the flyer with full details.....
02 Nov 2019 Compassion counts for modern Navy leaders
One of Australia’s most respected and experienced public figures says good leadership depends on a clear mind and sound ethics.  Dr Brendan Nelson told Navy’s Emerging Leaders Forum that the best managers are shaped by positive role models.  The seventh in the series of Navy Emerging Leaders Forums (NELF) was held in Canberra for the first time, with 72 of Navy’s emerging leaders in attendance.  The NELF are a series of forums held around the country as part of a DCN initiative to invest in the development and empowerment of Navy’s junior leaders.  More.....
01 Nov 2019 Russia’s newest ballistic missile sub launches its first Bulava SLBM
The Russian defense ministry has shared video footage of the navy’s newest ballistic missile submarine launching its first Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile.  The missile launch took place in the White Sea and was part of the boat’s at-sea trials.  The video footage was shared almost exactly two years after Knyaz Vladimir, the first modernized Borei-A (Project 955-A) submarine, was launched in Severodvinsk on November 17, 2017.  More.....
01 Nov 2019 Communities salute service men and women
PROJECTS right across the country commemorating Australia’s wartime heritage will be funded thanks to more than $265,000 in Saluting Their Service grants.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program encourages an understanding and appreciation of the role that service personnel have played in shaping Australia as we know it today.  More.....
01 Nov 2019 WW2 submarine Urge found off Malta
This is the wreck of wartime submarine HMS Urge – conclusively located and identified by marine archaeologists off Malta, solving a 77-year-long mystery.  Sitting defiantly upright on the seabed of the Mediterranean more than 400 feet down, her bow buried in the ocean floor, her deck gun facing forward, her hull encrusted with marine life, this is the last resting place of 44 souls.  More.....
01 Nov 2019 Gascoyne leads the way in Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise
HMAS Gascoyne, part of a Minehunter Task Group, has spent a busy two weeks far from her usual stomping ground in Eastern Australia, having travelled over 5000 nautical miles in company with sister ship HMAS Diamantina, to participate in a Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MIWEX 19) in the Republic of Korea.  Following the MIWEX 19 Symposium in Busan, Gascoyne joined Diamantina for five days of mine hunting in some of the most challenging environments that Australian mine warfare assets have worked in.  More.....
01 Nov 2019 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
November issue.....
01 Nov 2019 Navy key draw card at Fremantle maritime day
Western Australians will be welcomed aboard HMAS Stirling at Garden Island in Rockingham on 2 November 2019 for the Royal Australian Navy’s 11th annual Port of Fremantle Maritime Day.  Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said visitors will experience first-hand the activities that take place at Australia’s largest naval base at Garden Island.  More.....
31 Oct 2019 Turkish indigenous rail gun “Şahi-209” to be integrated to naval assets
The Turkish defense industry is growing day by day. With the confidence of the success in recent years, Turkish engineers are very close to a game-changer technology, Electromagnetic Rail Gun (EMRG).  According to the sources in Turkey, Turkish indigenous Rail Gun (launches ammunition with electromagnetic power), Şahi-209, will be integrated to a naval vessel in order to carry out the sea trials of the Block-II version of the gun.  Turkey will be the third country, using the rail gun at sea.  More.....
31 Oct 2019 USS Gerald R. Ford completes Post-Shakedown Availability
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first of a new class of US Navy aircraft carriers, completed its Post-Shakedown Availability/Selected Restricted Availability (PSA/SRA), returning to its home port at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, on October 30.  A PSA is a typical period of construction availability in the early life of a ship during which the Navy and shipbuilder resolve issues that arise during initial at-sea periods and make any needed changes and upgrades.  More.....
31 Oct 2019 HMAS Brisbane commences combat system trials in US
In a first for the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy, HMAS Brisbane has completed a live missile engagement.  Using remote sensor data from the USS Stockdale and the Cooperative Engagement Capability, the combat system was tested against a range of challenging targets and tactical situations.  More.....
31 Oct 2019 Able Seaman Max Sauppe - Electronics Technicians
31 Oct 2019 Able Seaman Chris Wearne - Marine Technician
31 Oct 2019 Leading Seaman Jason Wilson - Communications & Information Systems
30 Oct 2019 RAN marks Philippines friendship in WWII commemorations
The Royal Australian Navy was the centre of local attention during a high-profile five days in the Philippines, attending two World War II commemorations, hosting two Ambassadors and a Vice Admiral and entertaining local dignitaries and community leaders at an official reception.  HMA Ships Stuart, Leeuwin and Sirius received a grand welcome when they sailed into Surigao - traditional dancers and musicians performed on the wharf while officers and sailors were greeted with shell necklaces bearing a Seal of Surigao pendant.  More.....
30 Oct 2019 PODCAST: Aegis delivery for Hunter Class frigates – Neale Prescott and Rob Milligan, Lockheed Martin Australia
Defence Connect podcast host Phil Tarrant catches up with the organisation’s director of business development, Neale Prescott, and its program manager of surface maritime, Rob Milligan, at Pacific 2019 to find out how the project has developed since 2017.  They break down the details of the Aegis combat system, the commonalities and points of difference between Australian and overseas implementation, and future projections for Lockheed Martin’s collaboration with Hunter Class frigates.  More.....
30 Oct 2019 Navy steps up regional ‘hearts and minds’ with increased tempo
The Royal Australian Navy is stepping up its participation in the government’s Pacific step-up program, with ships supporting the East Asia Deployment successfully participating in a number of international engagements since their departure from Fleet Base East in late September.  Australia’s East Asia Deployment program has signalled a renewed Australian presence in the Indo-Pacific region and fulfills the key areas identified by government for the nation’s political and strategic leaders to focus on if Australia is to establish a truly independent strategic capacity.  More.....
29 Oct 2019 Increased veteran satisfaction with DVA services
Results from the fundamental changes made to the way the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) is delivering services to veterans and their families, are evident in this year's Client Satisfaction Survey findings.  More than 3,000 randomly selected DVA clients, including veterans, war widows and widowers, carers and dependants, were surveyed by ORIMA — an independent market research company — and found an overall satisfaction rating of 84 per cent for DVA services.  More.....
29 Oct 2019 Looking beyond Hobart: Preparing for the AWD replacement
It is never too early to start planning, particularly in the ever-evolving threat environment Australia finds itself in – and while the Royal Australian Navy’s Hobart Class guided-missile destroyers will serve as the backbone of the nation’s maritime-based area-air and missile defence capabilities for the foreseeable future, working with international partners like the US and UK prepares Australia for the future.  More.....
29 Oct 2019 The five-domains update
Sea state

New designs on show at the 2019 International Maritime Defence Industry Exhibition in Busan last week included a full-scale prototype of LIG Nex1’s Sea Sword II unmanned surface vessel and a model of Hanwha System’s large-displacement unmanned underwater vehicle.  The Sea Sword is being configured for surveillance and armed reconnaissance missions and Hanwha Systems’ unmanned submarine is being developed for South Korea’s Agency for Defence Development for anti-submarine warfare operations.  More.....
29 Oct 2019 US Navy tests drone deliveries to submarines
The command of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet submarine force teamed up with the University of Hawaii recently to test a new way of delivering supplies to a submarine at sea.  In the test, which took place on October 10, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivered a five-pound payload to Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) while it was underway.  More.....
28 Oct 2019 Royal New Zealand Navy tanker named in South Korea
The Royal New Zealand Navy has held an official naming ceremony for its new tanker at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.  HMZS Aotearea, which will be the largest ship in the navy fleet once it is delivered, was named after being launched in April this year.  More.....
28 Oct 2019 A great career from gap year to Korea for Navy Chef
Growing up in Silvan, Victoria, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Elise Tabone never envisaged a career at sea, but after a positive experience with the Royal Australian Navy Gap Year Scheme the way ahead was clear.  Nearly four years later Able Seaman Tabone is on her third deployment to Asian waters and is enjoying her second overseas deployment on the minehunter, HMAS Diamantina since joining the ship earlier this year.  More.....
28 Oct 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.