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22 Jun 2018 Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth refuelling at sea
22 Jun 2018 Upgrading US Navy ships is difficult and expensive. Change is coming.
The U.S. Navy is looking at extending the life of its surface ships by as much as 13 years, meaning some ships might be 53 years old when they leave the fleet.  Here’s the main problem: keeping their combat systems relevant.  The Navy’s front-line combatants ― cruisers and destroyers ― are incredibly expensive to upgrade, in part because one must cut open the ship and remove fixtures that were intended to be permanent when they were installed.   More.....
22 Jun 2018 Remembering World War II submariners
United States submariners lost at sea while defending Australia have been honoured at a memorial service at the National Anzac Centre in Albany, Western Australia.  Officers and senior sailors from the Australian and United States navies gathered with Australian Naval Cadets from Training Ship Vancouver and invited guests to remember the submariners.  Their lives were lost while defending Australia from the threat of invasion by Japanese forces during World War II.  More.....
21 Jun 2018 Wartime icon returned to Russia after protecting sailors on Arctic convoys
A religious icon has been returned to worshippers in Russia – 76 years after they gave it to a British sailor to protect his ship on the fearful Arctic convoys.  The small framed portrait of Jesus was presented to junior officer Lieutenant William Painter as a thank-you by the Roman Catholic community of Murmansk in the summer of 1942.  More than 60 ships set out to deliver aid to Murmansk, but two dozen merchant ships were sunk – the darkest hour in Allied assistance to the Soviet Union.  More.....
20 Jun 2018 Well done HMAS Warramunga
19 Jun 2018 Royal Navy frigate deploys to Asia with new Sea Ceptor missile system
Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll became the third Royal Navy ship to deploy to Asia as she got underway from her Devonport Naval base on June 18.  The frigate will be spending the next nine-months in Asia, sailing as far as Japan as part of a national push to strengthen military and diplomatic ties in the region.  Argyll will also visit Australia and New Zealand.  More.....
19 Jun 2018 Sea Series in full swing
Five weeks, three ships, 2000 uniforms and civilians, four dogs and a sheep! Task Group Operations are always challenging.  Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Ash Papp answered a few questions for us, during Exercise SEA EXPLORER off the North Queensland coast.  More.....
19 Jun 2018 HMAS Warramunga completes mission in the Middle East
Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne, today announced HMAS Warramunga is returning to Australia after a highly successful Royal Australian Navy (RAN) deployment to the Middle East Region.  Minister Payne said that during the seven-and-a-half month deployment, the Australian warship intercepted 16 vessels carrying illicit narcotics, seizing a total of around 31.8 tonnes of hashish and two tonnes of heroin valued at approximately $2.17 billion.  “This is the largest cumulative total ever seized by an Australian Major Fleet Unit,” Minister Payne said.  More.....
18 Jun 2018 50,000 Mangroves planted in Fiji
18 Jun 2018 Unimogs donated to Tonga
18 Jun 2018 City celebrates HMAS Ararat (II) visit
The crew of HMAS Ararat (II) celebrated 75 years of association with its city namesake by exercising its right to Freedom of Entry to Ararat, Victoria recently.  It was the first time the city had granted Freedom of Entry to Ararat (II) and despite a cold and cloudy day the locals turned out in their hundreds to give a warm welcome to the Darwin-based crew.  Commanding Officer Ararat (II), Lieutenant Commander Fiona Simmonds, said the officers and sailors were honoured to be part of the vessel’s history and proud to tell the story of her career representing the people of Ararat and Australia with distinction.  More.....
18 Jun 2018 Community projects receive grants to commemorate Centenary of Armistice
Communities across the country are set to receive almost $320,000 under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to develop 50 projects to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the round of grants had been designed to support local projects and activities which appropriately acknowledge the end of the war 100 years ago.  More.....
18 Jun 2018 HMAS Anzac is welcomed home after SEAD 2018 deployment
17 Jun 2018 Quilts appreciated by team on operations
There are a just a few things that help make a deployment away from family and friends bearable - emails and phone calls home, letters and care packages and quilts and laundry bags made by Aussie Hero Quilts.  The hard working volunteers from Aussie Hero Quilts have helped put a little extra vibrancy and personality into each mess deck in HMAS Warramunga.  Warramunga’s Chaplain, Stephen Hutchison, who assisted in managing the requests, shared the sentiment from ship’s company that the care and attention put into the quilts was abundantly clear.  More.....
15 Jun 2018 HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Melbourne arrive Fiji
15 Jun 2018 Australian Invictus Games 2018 team announced
Australia will field its largest ever team at this year’s Invictus Games to be held in Sydney.  Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the combined Australian Defence Force and RSL team with 72 participants in this year’s games from 20–27 October 2018.  The Invictus Games is an international, adaptive multi-sports competition for current and former military personnel who have been wounded, injured or become ill during their military service.  More.....
14 Jun 2018 Australian Navy concludes exercise Sea Explorer
The Royal Australian Navy has concluded the amphibious exercise Sea Explorer off the coast of Queensland.  The exercise was held over the anniversary of the D-Day landings, which took place on the 6th June 1944 on the coast of France.  Commander of the Amphibious Task Group, Captain Paul O’Grady, acknowledged both the historic significance of the exercise as well as the importance of support from the community.  More.....
14 Jun 2018 Major upgrade for submarine force
Australia’s Collins Class submarine fleet will receive significant sonar upgrades further extending its superiority in our region.  Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced work will commence this year to enhance sonar systems across the Collins Class fleet.  This will better enable our submarines to safely navigate, detect and locate other vessels while remaining hidden themselves.  More.....
14 Jun 2018 Sharing their stories with Veterans' Affairs
Three Navy personnel from HMAS Cerberus participated in a panel discussion in Melbourne recently as a part of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) 'It’s Why We’re Here' program, sharing the challenges they faced upon returning from deployment, and their experiences engaging with the DVA to get help.  Lieutenant Commander Susan Copeland-Heath, Command Warrant Officer Michael Connors and Able Seaman Marine Technician Chris Madson joined peers from Army and RAAF to relay personal stories about being away from home on arduous and sometimes dangerous operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and at sea as well as the subsequent physical and mental pressures they faced and how it could take some time to realise they needed support.  More.....
13 Jun 2018 Australia deploys laser airborne depth sounder to Papua New Guinea
The Royal Australian Navy has deployed a laser airborne depth sounder (LADS) flight to deployment to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, for hydrographic surveys in the Kavieng and Rabaul regions.  The five week is carried out with the aim of providing improved data that will be used to update the existing nautical charts used by all vessels.  The survey will focus on the complex coastal passages at the northern end of New Ireland where Kavieng is the provisional capital.  More.....
13 Jun 2018

Naval Historical Society of Australia (Victorian Chapter)
President's June Musings are now available to download.....
11 Jun 2018 Chinese hackers obtain sensitive US Navy submarine, missile data
Chinese government-backed hackers have managed to break into a US Navy contractor’s computer network and obtain vast amounts of data on secretive missile programs and other submarine-related matters.  The breaches took place in January and February this year, according to a Washington Post report, and allowed the hackers to collect over six hundred gigabytes of data.  The material obtained by the hackers was sensitive but not classified. However, two US Navy officials told Washington Post that, when put together, the material could be considered classified.  More.....
11 Jun 2018 Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List announced
The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), has today announced 1007 awards in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List.  The Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List recognises a diverse range of contributions and service across all fields, including professional endeavours, community work, Australia’s Defence Force and Emergency Services.  More.....
09 Jun 2018 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
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08 Jun 2018 Pacific Endeavour 18 provides humanitarian assistance to Vanuatu
Today we announce that Joint Task Group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 18 will provide further assistance to support the Government of Vanuatu in response to the ongoing impact of volcanic activity on Ambae Island.  The Government of Vanuatu declared a state of emergency on 12 April. Local residents are currently evacuating from Ambae Island to neighbouring islands.  More.....
08 Jun 2018 Australian Navy ships arrive in Vanuatu to support volcano response
Royal Australian Navy ships deployed as part of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE18) program arrived in Vanuatu for their deployment’s first port visit.  Before entering Port Vila on Wednesday, oiler HMAS Success completed officer of the watch manoeuvres with the Vanuatu Police Force vessel RVS Tokuro. Frigate HMAS Toowoomba arrived in Port Vila shortly after Success, berthing outboard of the ‘battle tanker’ at the Lapetasi Wharf.  More.....
08 Jun 2018 Royal Navy tests newly-delivered autonomous minesweeping system
The Royal Navy has recently tested its first autonomous minesweeping system in Dorset, South West England, evaluating its performance against modern mines.  Autonomous motor boat Hussar can be sent off on missions, using a series of small, hi-tech boats trailed behind it to detonate the latest underwater explosive devices – potentially clearing minefields en masse.  More.....
07 Jun 2018 HMAS Warramunga Drug Interdictions
 
06 Jun 2018 France, UK announce South China Sea freedom of navigation operations
French and UK Royal Navy ships will be joining their US counterparts in challenging China’s territorial claims in disputed regions of the South China Sea, the two countries’ defense ministers have announced. The announcement was made at the Shangri La security dialogue in Singapore which was attended by French defense minister Florence Parly and the UK defense minister Gavin Williamson, in addition US defense secretary James Mattis.  More.....
06 Jun 2018 Australian frigate nets three more drug hauls in Middle East
Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga has made an additional three narcotics seizures in the Middle East, bringing the total amount of drugs seized to well over 33 tons.  In the three boarding operations carried out in the Arabian Sea between June 3 and 5, Australian sailors seized close to six tons of hashish worth approximately AUD$294.3 million.  The first seizure uncovered 3.3 tons of hashish from a suspect vessel.  Warramunga’s Seahawk Romeo crew identified the second and third suspicious vessels carrying 2.6 tonnes and 40 kilograms of hashish.  More.....
05 Jun 2018 US moves to justify sail-by operations in South China Sea
A senior U.S. Navy officer has pushed back against suggestions at a regional security summit that freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea have been ineffective, calling them a long-term strategy for demonstrating that China’s claims in the body of water are not internationally recognized.  More.....
04 Jun 2018 Team Navy Tickford Racing Outplacement Program
 
01 Jun 2018 2018 DVA Education Schemes Satisfaction Survey
If you or a child in your care receives a benefit under the VCES or MRCAETS, we would appreciate your feedback on how the Schemes are working for you.  The survey will only take 2 minutes and will be available online from 1 to 30 June 2018.
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01 Jun 2018 Gallantry of Royal Australian Navy helicopter flight Vietnam recognised
Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon Darren Chester MP, today announced the extraordinary gallantry displayed by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Helicopter Flight Vietnam (HFV) will be recognised by the Unit Citation for Gallantry.  Mr Chester said the outstanding service of the pilots and the maintenance and support personnel during RANHFV’s deployment in South Vietnam from October 1967– June 1971 is worthy of the Citation.  “In 1967, a detachment of the Navy’s Fleet Air Arm was integrated with the US Army 135th Assault Helicopter Company.  The newly established RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam flew helicopters in both utility and gunship configurations,” Mr Chester said.  More.....
01 Jun 2018 Culdrose Merlins go Sub hunting in Scotland with Australian Navy
RNAS Culdrose based 820 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) is back flying in Cornwall again having tested its war fighting skills in Scotland, and once again, proved the Merlin Mk2 as the best submarine hunting helicopter in the world.  The Merlin crews worked with a variety of different nations, and also alongside helicopters from the Royal Australian Navy for the first time.  More.....
01 Jun 2018 Indo-Pacific Endeavour 18 continues to build regional security and stability
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the commencement of the 2018 iteration of Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE 18), a major annual maritime activity that delivers on the promise of the 2016 Defence White Paper to deepen Australia’s engagement and partnerships with regional security forces.  Over the next three months HMA Ships Adelaide, Melbourne, Toowoomba, and Success will form a task group that enhances relationships, builds partner capacity and improves military interoperability throughout the Southwest Pacific.  More.....
31 May 2018 Veterans’ Advocacy Study Discussion Paper Released
Public submissions are being sought to inform a major study which has commenced to improve advocacy services for veterans and their families.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the independent study being led by Robert Cornall AO will aim to provide nationally consistent service where the support for veterans is at least equal to those provided in comparable sectors.  “Currently, the majority of advocacy services to veterans are delivered by ex-service organisations and their volunteers,” Mr Chester said.  More.....
31 May 2018 Four newcomers joining 26-nation naval drill RIMPAC 2018 off Hawaii
The world’s largest international naval exercise – Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) – will be hosting 26 nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel for maneuvers, the US Navy has announced.  The exercise is scheduled to take place between June 27 and August 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.  This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.  More.....
31 May 2018 NUSHIP Brisbane completes CAT 5 trials and cooks up a storm
NUSHIP Brisbane has recently completed her Category 5 (CAT 5) Sea Trials off the coast of Adelaide. During CAT 5 Sea Trials, the functional performance of the Mission System as a whole is verified.  This verification is a pre-requisite to enable the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance to deliver Brisbane to the Department of Defence for provisional acceptance.  More.....
31 May 2018
Navy League of Australia(Vic-Tas Div)
May newsletter is now available to download..... 
30 May 2018 Assistance dog trial to help tackle veteran mental health
The Federal Government is putting veterans first with an innovative trial of assistance dogs for veterans.  La Trobe University in Victoria will partner with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) in conducting a $2 million trial of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) assistance dogs for veterans, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester announced today.  “I am pleased to announce that DVA has engaged La Trobe University, in partnership with the Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs Australia, to undertake the trial of assistance dogs for veterans with PTSD as a supplement to clinical treatment,” Mr Chester said.  More.....
30 May 2018 Australian and French warships exercise off Darwin
When more than 25,000 tonnes of steel in the shape of three warships exercise in close proximity to each other, it is an impressive example of each crew's warfighting and seamanship skills.  That display occurred when HMAS Newcastle trained with French Navy Ships Dixmude and Surcouf off the coast of Darwin recently.  Newcastle practiced gunnery serials, officer of the watch manoeuvres, communication exercises and replenishment at sea approaches with the two French vessels over a four-day period.  More.....
30 May 2018 Light used to protect ships and the marine environment
Light could hold the key to reducing operational costs for Defence and protect ships and the environment from marine pest invaders.  Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced Defence Science and Technology (DST) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) are researching a novel approach of using ultra-violet (UV) light to protect particular sensitive areas on a ship’s hull from biofouling.  Biofouling is the accumulation of marine life on a ship’s hull.  More.....
30 May 2018 Austal launches first of 21 new Pacific Patrol Boats
Australian shipbuilder Austal on May 30 announced that the first of overall 21 Pacific Patrol Boats was launched after officially starting construction in April 2017.  The first vessel in the class is scheduled for delivery to Papua New Guinea in late October 2018.  The boats are also known as the Guardian-class and are being built under a A$305 million contract Austal signed with the Australian government in May 2016.  More.....
30 May 2018 Naval Reservists to play greater role in RAN future force
The Naval Reserve is to play an increasing role in supporting Navy to ‘fight and win at sea’ as the RAN develops the structures to grow its future workforce.  Plans are underway to further integrate the part-time and full-time elements of the Navy with a clear focus on meeting Navy’s current and future requirements.  More.....
29 May 2018 The Australian Navy is cracking down on sailors’ alcohol consumption
Royal Australian Navy sailors will have to be more careful on shore leaves in the future as the navy is reportedly starting a crackdown on drunken sailors in foreign ports.  According to a report by the Australian ABC, the navy has issued a new fleet directive which includes curfews and mandatory breath testing and applies to sailors of all ranks.  The new directive is reportedly in response to recent incidents in overseas ports involving Australian navy personnel.  More.....
29 May 2018 HMAS Warramunga seizes more illicit narcotics
29 May 2018 Victorian Maritime Industry - Chrissie in July
27th of July at the Mission to Seafarers
The 2018 Victorian Maritime Industry social event will he held on the evening of 27 July, to celebrate Christmas in July, at the Mission to Seafarers from 6PM to Midnight.  The Victorian Maritime Industry celebrates its second annual social event, following on from the success of 2017.  The event is held to revel in the remarkable diversity of our industry, bringing together as many parts of the industry as possible for a night of celebration.  Download flyer.....
28 May 2018 US warships sail near Chinese-claimed Paracel Islands in South China Sea
A US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and a Ticonderoga-class cruiser sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China in a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) on May 27.  USS Higgins (DDG-76) and USS Antietam (CG-54) sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands, which are controlled by China. Referred to as Xisha Islands in Chinese, the islands are also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam.  More.....
28 May 2018 NVN's May Newsletter - download.....
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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.