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03 Jun 2020 In This Together:  National Reconciliation Week 2020
03 Jun 2020 RAN treats Australia’s surface fleet with anti-microbial shield
Defence is poised to enter into a standing agreement with an Australian anti-microbial treatment specialist, in the wake of the continued COVID-19 outbreak.  Protection Brands has entered into a standing offer with the Department of Defence to provide sanitisation and surface treatment services to the Royal Australian Navy.  More.....
03 Jun 2020 Australia’s navy
Australia can acquire extra maritime capability quickly and affordably while promoting local industry and the government’s continuous naval shipbuilding plan.  My new ASPI report, From concentrated vulnerability to distributed lethality—or how to get more maritime bang for the buck with our offshore patrol vessels, released today, sets out how to deliver substantial new maritime capability in the next few years and introduce a transformative force structure for the price of one or two traditional large multi-role ships.  More.....
02 Jun 2020 ASC and partners to pioneer additive manufacturing for submarines
Australia’s dedicated submarine sustainment organisation, ASC, is collaborating with Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and DMTC Limited, to pioneer the use of additive manufacturing for the repair of Collins Class submarines.  The partners have joined forces to further develop ‘cold spray’ technology for repairing damaged metal surfaces, to enable the future in situ repair of submarine components.  More.....
02 Jun 2020 Russian Navy welcomes ballistic missile submarine Knyaz Vladimir
The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, has signed the acceptance certificate for the newest Borei-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Knyaz Vladimir.  The acceptance certificate was signed following the successful completion of all stages of the submarine’s testing and confirms its readiness for transfer to the navy.  More.....
02 Jun 2020 All aboard the Sea Train!
Imagine the following scenario.
Four medium-sized U.S. Navy vessels depart from a port along the United States’ coast. There’s no crew aboard any of them.  About 15 nautical miles off the coast, the four vessels rendezvous, autonomously arranging themselves in a line.  Using custom mechanisms, they attach to each other to form a train, except they’re in the water and there’s no railroad to guide them.  In this configuration the vessels travel 6,500 nautical miles across the open ocean to Southeast Asia.  But as they approach their destination, they disconnect, splitting up as each unmanned ship goes its own way to conduct independent operations, such as collecting data with a variety of onboard sensors.  More.....
02 Jun 2020 Taiwan’s Coast Guard Launches and Christens its Largest Vessel to Date
Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration (CGA) held a ship launching and christening ceremony today, at the Taiwan Shipbuilding Corporation (CSBC). The 4,000-ton patrol ship "Chiayi" (CG-5001) is the largest vessel ever launched for Taiwan's CGA.  President Tsai Ing-wen, together with Chairman Li Zhongwei of the Marine Commission, Director Chen Guoen of the Coast Guard and Chairman Cheng Wen-lung of the Taiwan Shipbuilding Corporation (CSBC), presided the naming and launching ceremony of the 4,000-ton patrol ship at the Kaohsiung plant of the Taiwan Shipbuilding Corporation on June 2, 2020.  More.....
02 Jun 2020 Boost to local communities supporting veterans’ health and wellbeing
Veterans and their families from across Australia will benefit from projects funded under the Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program aimed at ensuring their health and wellbeing.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester announced that more than $480,000 will be provided to fund activities and services within local communities to help maintain the mental and physical health of our veterans and their families.  More.....
02 Jun 2020 More Marines Arrive in Australia After COVID-19 Screening
Marines are on the move this week, with the latest contingent arriving in Australia for the resumption this summer of the rotational forces to Darwin and the command element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit taking the helm of a Middle East-based response force.  About 200 Marines landed at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin in recent days to join Marine Response Force-Darwin, which after mandatory 14-day quarantines “will grow to 1,200 personnel over the next eight weeks and will train through to September,” the Australian Defense Force said in an announcement.  More.....
02 Jun 2020 China’s Aircraft Carrier 'Shandong' Conducting Sea Trials in Yellow Sea
01 Jun 2020 More than $1 million in mental health support for younger veterans
Support for the mental health needs of younger veterans has today received a boost with more than $1 million in grants or eight projects which will be delivered by ex-service organisations (ESOs) and other veteran community organisations.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the latest round of the Supporting Younger Veterans grants has provided funding to projects that support the development of well-researched and tailored services and programs for younger veterans who may be at risk of experiencing poor mental health.  More.....
01 Jun 2020 China’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Now Conducting Sea Trials
China’s newest aircraft carrier, Type 001A Shandong (Hull 17), is conducting sea trials at a time Beijing’s military leadership criticizes the pace and scope of U.S. Navy operations in the region.  Shandong departed the Dalian Shipyard on May 25 to test the ship’s weapons and equipment, to train crew members and enhance the carrier’s ability to conduct missions, Senior Col. Ren Guoqiang, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defense, confirmed on Friday during a media briefing.  More.....
01 Jun 2020 Brave sailor’s grave marked after more than 70 years
MORE than seven decades after he died, a sailor finally has a gravestone befitting his gallantry.  Historians have ensured George Niven is no longer forgotten by marking his resting place in a Birmingham cemetery.  In July 1929, the then 32-year-old was serving aboard brand-new heavy cruiser HMS Devonshire.  More.....
01 Jun 2020 Cerberus continues to graduate the next generation
The Royal Australian Navy Recruit Training School recently farewelled 137 graduates from General Entry Intake 380 Shipp Division, after 11 weeks of initial entry training, at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria.  The graduating class of 101 men and 36 women will now commence their category training either at HMAS Cerberus or at one of the many Defence training facilities throughout Australia.  More.....
01 Jun 2020 FlyBy
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30 May 2020 Defence chief says ADF retains warfighting focus while supporting bushfire and pandemic responses
In late October, the Australian Defence Force carried out a trial to assess its ability to help should a natural disaster strike a state or territory.  Thirty men and women, reservists from the three services, were called out to assist with background work on the bushfires that had struck Queensland.  More.....
29 May 2020 Upgunning OPVs doesn’t address the issue of securing sea lanes
ASPI defence economist Marcus Hellyer has called for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Arafura Class to be ‘upgunned’ by incorporating a suite of anti-ship and anti-submarine capabilities, running the risk of over-complicating the program and mission profile, while leaving the Navy short of critical sea lane protection capabilities.  As the Royal Australian Navy prepares for the arrival of the first Arafura and Hunter Class vessels in the early-to-mid 2020s, evolving regional and global dynamics are highlighting the need for a fleet of ocean-going patrol frigates to ease the operational burden on the limited numbers and availability of both the OPV and frigates.  More.....
29 May 2020 2020 Warrior Games scrubbed by Marine Corps over COVID-19 concerns
Add the 2020 Warrior Games to the list of military events being cancelled over COVID-19 concerns.  “As the lead planners for the 2020 Warrior Games, the Marine Corps announced the decision to cancel the Games, citing the paramount concerns for the health and well- being of the 300 U.S. military active-duty and veteran athletes, international military teams, and residents within the greater San Antonio area,” the Corps said in a press release Friday morning.  More.....
29 May 2020 Rolls-Royce Seals Propulsion Systems Contract for Royal Navy’s Type 31 frigates
Rolls-Royce is to supply complete MTU propulsion systems for five new Type 31 general-purpose frigates for the Royal Navy.  In total, the order comprises of 40 engines and generator sets to be used for main propulsion and on-board power generation, the MTU Callosum propulsion control and monitoring system, and Integrated Logistics Support (ILS).  Each new frigate will be powered by four MTU 20V 8000 M71 engines, each delivering over 8,000 kW.  On-board power will be provided on each vessel by four MTU generator sets based on 16V 2000 M41B units, each delivering in excess of 900 kW.  More.....
29 May 2020 German Navy Postpones ‘Hamburg’ Frigate Deployment to Indian Ocean
The German Navy (Deutsche Marine) announced the postponement of the long deployment of its F124 Sachsen-class frigate "Hamburg" to the Indian Ocean.  Hamburg was set to take part in a missile live-fire exercise off the Norwegian coast and then continue on a five-month training mission with stops in Reunion Island (France) and then all the way to Australia.  In addition to maintaining a presence in this strategically important sea area for Germany, the main objective was to cultivate military-political relations.  More.....
29 May 2020 Russia’s Pacific fleet to get 15 new vessels in 2020
Fifteen new warships and supply vessels will operate in the Far East by the end of 2020.  They include the Gremyashchy corvette of project 20385, the Pertropavlovsk-Kamchatsky diesel-electric submarine of project 636.3, the Yakov Balyaev minesweeper of project 12700, a Raptor-class countersubversion boat of project 03160, the Andrey Stepanov sea tug and two rescue boats of project 23040.  The new warships will change the tasks of the Pacific fleet.  It previously was the strongest blue-water force. Now it will get a major number of small ships with powerful missiles.  The Izvestia daily writes about changing combat capabilities and tasks of the Pacific fleet after 2020.  More.....
28 May 2020 Tribute for veterans unable to return to Normandy
The guardians of the nation’s war dead have offered to help veterans and families pay their virtual respects to D-Day heroes next month.  The pandemic lockdown has ruled out the annual pilgrimage to the Normandy beaches and key sites, as well as the many memorials and cemeteries which pepper towns and villages across the region.  More.....
27 May 2020 U.S., Singapore Navies Conduct Joint Exercise in South China Sea
The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and the Republic of Singapore Navy Formidable-class multi-role stealth frigate RSS Steadfast (FFS 70) conducted a bilateral exercise in the South China Sea, May 24-25.  The events were an opportunity for Gabrielle Giffords and Steadfast to practice and enhance bilateral interoperability between the two navies, with emphasis on the importance of communications and coordination while sailing together.  More.....
26 May 2020 Report to Congress on Chinese Naval Modernization
The following is the May 21, 2020 Congressional Research Service Report, China Naval Modernization:  Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress.
In an era of renewed great power competition, China’s military modernization effort, including its naval modernization effort, has become the top focus of U.S. defense planning and budgeting.  China’s navy, which China has been steadily modernizing for more than 25 years, since the early to mid-1990s, has become a formidable military force within China’s near-seas region, and it is conducting a growing number of operations in more-distant waters, including the broader waters of the Western Pacific, the Indian Ocean, and waters around Europe.  More.....
26 May 2020 The Italian Job: Italian Navy completes F-35B upgrade of Cavour aircraft carrier
The Italian Navy has celebrated a major milestone in the life of its LHD/aircraft carrier hybrid, the Cavour, following a 16-month complex overhaul and modernisation that will allow the vessel to embark the fifth-generation F-35B, conduct complex combat operations, transport marines and conduct humanitarian support and assistance in a single platform package.  More.....
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Current Repatriation Benefits for Gold Card Veterans -
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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.....


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