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14 Sep 2019 HMAS Melbourne exercises Freedom of Entry one last time
The bonds between HMAS Melbourne (III) and her namesake city were reaffirmed today with the ship’s company exercising their Freedom of Entry for the final time before the ship decommissions later this year.  More than 180 officers and sailors marched from Southbank up Swanston Street past the iconic Flinders Street Station to Town Hall, answering a ceremonial challenge from Superintendent Peter O’Neill.  More.....
14 Sep 2019 Royal Navy Type 31 plan to follow Australia’s push for sustained naval shipbuilding and export capability
The British government has announced a major new naval shipbuilding program with the revelation of the Type 31 program kick-starting a period of sustained naval shipbuilding, providing parallels to Australia’s own $95 billion naval shipbuilding program.  Thousands of jobs in the British naval shipbuilding industry will be created over the next decade, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Thursday, as he pledges to bring shipbuilding back to the UK and strengthen the Royal Navy.  More.....
14 Sep 2019 Chief of Navy talks about Sea Power Conference 2019
13 Sep 2019 HMS Queen Elizabeth visits Canada on deployment’s first port call
The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on September 12 for the ship’s first port call to the city.  The 65,000-ton warship, the biggest ever built for the Royal Navy, will be joined in harbor by other ships from the UK carrier strike group who are on a deployment called Westlant 19.  More.....
12 Sep 2019 US submarine tender in Fremantle for drill with Australian submariners
US Navy submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) arrived in Fremantle, Australia, on September 11 as part of the ship’s fall deployment.  This is the ship’s second port visit during its Indo-Pacific winter patrol, after it departed its homeport at Apra Harbor, Guam, Aug. 19.  The combined Navy and civilian mariner crew will spend the next several days conducting bilateral training with the Australian Submarine Force.  More.....
11 Sep 2019 Australia supports the recovery of Vietnamese war remains
As part of the ongoing cooperation between Australia and Vietnam, the Department of Defence has presented the Vietnamese Deputy Minister for Defence, Senior Lieutenant General Le Chiem with a digital database of Missing in Action data.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said Australia understands the importance of honouring those who have died in war.  More.....
11 Sep 2019 DSEI 2019: SubSea Craft Lifts Veil on VICTA-class Diver Delivery Unit
SubSea Craft has today revealed the full details of its VICTA Class Diver Delivery Unit (DDU) at DSEI 2019.  This revolutionary craft combines the speed, range and capacity of a Long-Range Insertion Craft (LRIC) with the stealth and versatility of a Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV).  Specifically designed around the operator, its 30 kt+ speed, 250 nm endurance and 2-minute transition between surface and sub-surface, enables delivery of 8 operators and their equipment to their objective ‘mission-ready’ before recovering them.  More.....
11 Sep 2019 Minister’s address renews focus on hardening Australia’s northern defences
Recognising the growing consensus among Australia’s strategic policy thinkers, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has used a speech in Canberra to reaffirm the government’s commitment to enhancing the capacity of northern Australia’s defence infrastructure.  Since the nation’s earliest days, Australia’s strategic and defence planning has been intrinsically defined and impacted by a number of different yet interconnected and increasingly complex factors, namely:  More.....
11 Sep 2019 Expanding the Royal Navy’s presence in the Indo-Pacific
As both Australian officials and their UK counterparts call for increased interoperability and a reinvigorated Royal Navy presence in the region is expected in coming years, Australia’s position straddling the Indian and Pacific Oceans provides both nations with opportunities to develop an integrated, multi-domain warfighting capability.  More.....
10 Sep 2019 WWII Navy Vet Awarded Medals 75 Years After Service
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer awarded a WWII Sailor two high-level combat decorations in recognition of his meritorious service as an aircrewman in the European theater, in a Sept. 10 Pentagon ceremony.  Bernard Bartusiak of Chicago, now 95, joined the Navy in May of 1941, at age 17.  He eventually served as an aviation machinist’s mate 1st class on the aircrew of a PB4Y Liberator in the European theater.  After the war, Bartusiak became a corporate accountant and married Dolores, his wife of 65 years.  More.....
10 Sep 2019 The five-domains update
Sea state

The Department of Defence is scoping ways to modernise its submarine shipyard in Adelaide so that the navy’s Collins-class submarines can continue to be serviced there.  This comes amid political and industrial tensions and concerns about a proposal to move full-cycle dockings for the class to Perth.  Defence officials are reportedly planning to visit the UK later this year to speak with British officials about how they redeveloped their shipyard in northern England.  More.....
09 Sep 2019 Hurricane Dorian disrupts Canada’s “largest naval exercise in decades”
International ships, submarines and aircraft taking part in the Canadian-hosted anti-submarine warfare exercise Cutlass Fury were forced to depart Halifax Harbour to evade Hurricane Dorian.  Ships sortied on September 6, shortly after arriving in Canada, while the hurricane hit the country’s east coast on Sunday.  More.....
09 Sep 2019 Synthetic training simulates real world experience
An important aspect of training to fight and win at sea is the ability for Navy units and personnel to develop skills and test process in a simulated environment without the restrictions of the real world.  For the second time this year, the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy have conducted a synthetic warfighting exercise, this one known as Exercise VIKING RAIDER 2019.  More.....
09 Sep 2019 The cyber threat to satellites
The Australian Defence Force has a heavy dependence on satellite communications for force coordination at long range.  Satellites such as those that make up the US GPS network are critical for weapons guidance and joint command and control and space-based intelligence.  Surveillance and reconnaissance is vital for understanding the battlespace, including adversary operations, and other satellite services such as meteorological support are essential for military operations.  More.....
09 Sep 2019 BAE completes next Anzac frigate upgrade
BAE Systems has successfully finalised the mast manufacture and installation of the mast for HMAS Anzac as part of the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade at its yard at Henderson, Western Australia, under the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA).  More.....
07 Sep 2019 Deeming rate changes now benefiting Income Support recipients
On 14 July 2019, the Government announced reductions to deeming rates, with the changes backdated to 1 July 2019.

Deeming is the method the government uses to estimate income from financial assets. It can affect how recipients of income support payments, such as Age Pension and Service Pension, have their financial investments assessed for means testing purposes.

Lowering the deeming rates means that income support recipients with financial investments, whose payments are reduced by deeming, will be financially better off.

The new rates are:

Lower rate: 1.0% (previously 1.75%)
Higher rate: 3.0% (previously 3.25%)

The low rate is used for financial investments up to $51,800 for single pensioners, and $86,200 for pensioner couples. The higher rate is used for balances over these amounts.

DVA Factsheets listing deeming rates will be updated to reflect the new rates on 20 September 2019.

Many income support recipients affected by deeming have already had their payment amount reassessed, with the remaining reassessments to be completed by the end of September 2019.
07 Sep 2019 A century on: remembering the Australians who fought in the Russian Civil War
On 29 August 1919, Sergeant Samuel Pearse, an Australian veteran of Gallipoli and the Western Front, was killed in action fighting against Red Army forces in northwest Russia.  He fell during a British Army attack on a series of Bolshevik blockhouses near the remote railway village of Yemtsa, about 150 kilometres south of Archangelsk.  More.....
06 Sep 2019 The U.S. Navy just deployed its new ship-killer missile to China’s backyard
It can travel more than 100 nautical miles, passively detect an enemy through imaging stored in its computer brain, and can kill a target so precisely that an operator can tell it to aim for a specific point on the ship – the engine room or the bridge, for example. And it’s heading to China’s stomping grounds.  The littoral combat ship Gabrielle Giffords deployed Tuesday from San Diego packing the U.S. Navy’s new Naval Strike Missile, transforming the LCS from an under-gunned concept-ship gone awry to a legitimate threat to Chinese warships at significant ranges.  More.....
05 Sep 2019 UK readies berth for arrival of second aircraft carrier
The Royal Navy base HMNB Portsmouth will soon be ready to welcome the second of two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers as the work on the base’s second berth is in the final stages.  The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is working with its contractor Volker Stevin to deliver infrastructure worth £30-million to prepare for the arrival of HMS Prince of Wales.  More.....
05 Sep 2019 The government must create a single Australian submarine enterprise
The word on the street is that the government intends to make a decision by Christmas on whether to relocate full-cycle dockings of the Collins-class submarines from Osborne in South Australia to Henderson in Western Australia.  Full-cycle dockings are the two-year-long deep overhauls that ASC conducts to prepare the boats for their next 10 years of service.  They will also be the foundation of the life-of-type extension that’s intended to keep the Collins a relevant capability until its eventual retirement sometime in the 2040s.  More.....
05 Sep 2019 Funding for organisations to support our veteran community
Veterans and their families across Australia will be better supported thanks to more than $875,000 in community grants aimed at improving veteran health and wellbeing.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said 68 projects will receive funding under the Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) and Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) programs.  More.....
05 Sep 2019 MEDIA RELEASE – PHOTOGRAPHIC OPPORTUNITIES
HMAS MELBOURNE ARRIVES IN
HER NAMESAKE CITY FOR THE FINAL TIME

The Guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne will visit her namesake city Melbourne on Friday 13 September for her final port visit before she is decommissioned next month.  he 138-metre-long warship will sail to Melbourne along Victoria’s southern coastline, which includes the iconic Great Ocean Road, before she sails up Port Phillip Bay and berth alongside Station Pier. She will remain in port for a five-day visit to say goodbye to the city where she was built.  More.....
04 Sep 2019 A year in the life of a Submariner
04 Sep 2019 U.S. Military families treated to a surprise trip to a galaxy far, far away
Five military members and their families explored a galaxy far, far away during an exclusive preview of Walt Disney World Resort’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, before its public opening this week.  Disney Hollywood Studios transformed 14 acres of land for guests to live their own Star Wars adventures.  The families enjoyed a feast of galactic food and drinks, shopped at intriguing merchant shops, and even piloted the most famous ship in the galaxy, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.  More.....
03 Sep 2019 Supporting fleet modernisation with an expanded network of ashore infrastructure
With the Royal Australian Navy receiving a range of new surface ships and submarines, the fleet’s ashore sustainment, overhaul and repair facilities are going to come under increasing pressure to accommodate larger, more complex and capable vessels during standard operations, let alone in the event of major conflict, raising serious questions about the nation’s capacity to maintain and support the fleet.  More.....
03 Sep 2019 RAN Clearance Divers join Exercise Hydracrab in Guam
Explosive experts from the Royal Australian Navy’s Clearance Diving Teams One and Four have linked up with their counterparts from Canada, New Zealand and the United States for Exercise Hydracrab.  The Guam-based quadrilateral exercise brought together over a hundred Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel from four countries to practice operations together in an Indo-Pacific environment.  More.....
03 Sep 2019 The five-domains update
Sea state

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a new maritime security agreement with Timor-Leste, which includes a deal for Australia to fund a new wharf at the Hera naval base and provide two Guardian-class patrol boats to the country.  The announcement was made during a visit by Morrison to Dili, where he declared a ‘new chapter’ in relations between Australia and Timor-Leste.  The commitment bears similarities to the one in Papua New Guinea, where Australia and the US will help redevelop the Lombrum naval base on Manus Island.  More.....
03 Sep 2019 Commemorating Battle for Australia Day
Every year on the first Wednesday of September we commemorate the Battle for Australia and acknowledge the bravery of all those who served on the home front protecting our shores during the Second World War.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said Battle for Australia Day is an important reminder of a challenging time for the nation between 1942–45.  More.....
02 Sep 2019 80 years on from the Second World War Australia remembers
This Tuesday, it will be eighty years to the day Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced that Australia was at war.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester is encouraging all Australians, from those who lived through the war to those who are only just learning about it, to remember the nearly one million Australians who served during the Second World War.  More.....
02 Sep 2019 Launch of NUSHIP Stalwart at Ferrol Shipyard in Spain
02 Sep 2019 The role of our merchant mariners remembered
Australians have served on board merchant vessels for more than a century and tomorrow on Merchant Navy Day, we thank them for their service.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester is encouraging the nation to reflect on the important role merchant mariners have played, often in the face of danger and under challenging circumstances.  More.....
02 Sep 2019 Pearl Harbor sailor comes home, 78 years later
An Iowa sailor killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 will finally be laid to rest in his home state.  The Des Moines Register reports that Navy Signalman 3rd Class William James Shanahan Jr. of Cedar Rapids was killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack that pushed the U.S. into World War II, but his remains went unidentified for 78 years.  More.....
01 Sep 2019 Australia conducts deployments to enforce sanctions on North Korea
Australia is deploying a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Japan to conduct maritime surveillance in support of the international effort to enforce United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions against North Korea.  This deployment is a demonstration of our enduring commitment to regional security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.  More.....
01 Sep 2019 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
September / October issue.....
31 Aug 2019 HMS Queen Elizabeth sails for landmark F-35 trials
HMS Queen Elizabeth has sailed from her homeport Portsmouth today ahead of testing the UK’s F-35B Lightning fast fighter jets for the very first time.  The Royal Navy’s biggest warship will be working with up to seven British F-35B jets during her Westlant 19 deployment, which sees her once again return to the east coast of North America.  More.....
31 Aug 2019 The Attack-class submarine battery debate: science fiction or engineering?
In view of Derek Woolner’s warning last month that the Royal Australian Navy’s new Attack-class submarines will be obsolescent by the time they’re delivered, it’s time to revisit the main storage battery question—including what we’re trying to achieve, the implications for submarine design and build programs, the state of the art, and what is actually being delivered.  More.....
31 Aug 2019 Navy welcomes NUSHIP Stalwart
The Royal Australian Navy is another step closer to welcoming its new fleet of support tankers into service, following the successful launch of NUSHIP Stalwart at today’s ceremony in Ferrol, Spain.  The delivery into service of the Supply class replenishment vessels from next year will provide Navy with vital afloat logistics support to enable our ships to remain at sea longer.  More.....
30 Aug 2019 Malaya and Borneo veterans commemorated
Tomorrow we commemorate Malaya and Borneo Veterans' Day and recognise the Australian military personnel who fought in the Malayan Emergency (1948–60) and the Indonesian Confrontation, or Konfrontasi (1962–66).  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said while these two post-Second World War conflicts might not be well-known in the Australian community, it is important we thank those who served in Malaya and on Borneo, and the families that supported them.  More.....
28 Aug 2019 Submarine Farncomb home after busy deployment
After busy and demanding Asian and Australian deployments, HMAS Farncomb returned to Fleet Base West at Rockingham, Western Australia last week.  During her five-month deployment, Farncomb took part in Exercises BERSAMA SHIELD, PACIFIC VANGUARD and TALISMAN SABRE.  More.....
27 Aug 2019 The five-domains update
Sea state

The US Navy will hold its first-ever joint maritime drill with all 10 ASEAN member states next month.  According to the US embassy in Bangkok, the purpose of the maritime exercise is to ‘maintain maritime security, focus on prevention and pre-empt wrongdoing in the sea’.  The announcement came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought support for the Trump administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy at a regional summit earlier this month.  More.....
27 Aug 2019 ADF enhances Pacific engagement with Samoa
27 Aug 2019 Royal Australian Navy Band performs for Samoan school
26 Aug 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.....