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19 Feb  2018 Australian dream achieved for former US Sailor
Seventy-five years after HMAS Harman was commissioned as a Royal Australian Navy establishment, command has hosted a United States Navy veteran who served there in World War Two.  John Frazier, now 93 years old, had a dream of showing his family where he had served abroad with the United States Navy 75 years ago.  Mr Frazier was posted to Harman as a US Navy Radio Operator in 1943 when the Royal Australian Navy establishment commissioned.  More.....
19 Feb 2018 Republic of Korea war service medal approved for wear
VETERANS of the Korean War have been approved to wear the Republic of Korea War Service medal by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).  Minister for Defence Personnel Michael McCormack said the approval to wear this medal after initially refused by the British Government in 1951 shows the Australian Honours and Awards system has evolved to become its own unique system of recognising our service men and women.  “The Australian Council of Korea Veterans Associations has campaigned have the decision reconsidered from an Australian perspective,” Mr McCormack said.  More.....
15 Feb 2018 Warrant Officer roles recognised
Navy Tier Bravo Warrant Officers who occupy the role of Ships Warrant Officer (SWO) will now be recognised as Command Warrant Officer (CWO).  Warrant Officer Karen Sellars, the CWO at HMAS Harman said the change is a positive recognition of the important role the CWO plays in supporting Command.  “The CWO provides valuable skills and experience to the whole Command team,” she said.  More.....
15 Feb 2018 Delivering better services for veterans and their families
Veterans and their families are set to benefit with Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael McCormack introducing the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-Centric Reforms No. 1) Bill 2018 (VCR Bill) to implement several new initiatives which will deliver better services to veterans and their families.  “This Bill will create a new veteran payment to assist financially vulnerable veterans who have lodged a compensation claim for a mental health condition and are unable to work while their claim is being determined,” Mr McCormack said.  More.....
14 Feb 2018 The ADF: an operational update
Acting Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs
For well over three years now the ADF has been engaged in operations in the Middle East in the fight against Daesh.  Our forces have acquitted themselves exceptionally well. The strike component of the Air Task Group recently completed its mission and returned home after flying for more than 21,000 hours in 2,700 sorties over Iraq and Syria. They made a tangible difference in the fight.  More.....
14 Feb 2018 HMAS Hobart Participates in Royal Hobart Regatta 2018
14 Feb 2018 HMAS Hobart granted Freedom of Entry
The first bond between the new HMAS Hobart and her namesake city have been forged during a Freedom of Entry march.  More than 180 officers and sailors marched from Princes Wharf to the Hobart Town Hall, answering the Tasmanian Police Commissioner’s ceremonial challenge at the corner of Elizabeth and Macquarie Streets.  Hobart’s Commanding Officer, Captain John Stavridis, said sailing into Hobart has always felt like coming home for many ships, but to arrive in the first Hobart in 18 years and take the first big step in building a relationship with the community is indeed an honour.  More.....
13 Feb 2018 The US Navy will not reach its 355 ship goal until 2050
The US Navy has submitted its long-range ship acquisition plan to Congress under which it expects to reach its 355-ship fleet by the early 2050s.  Released February 12, the 30-Year Ship Acquisition Plan is a Congressionally-mandated report which describes the Department of the Navy’s long-range shipbuilding plans for 2019-2048.  The plan pursues acquisition strategies to build ships more quickly and affordably and places top priority on sustaining the industrial base.  More.....
13 Feb 2018 Atomic Vets Meeting at Spotswood / Kingsville RSL
There will be a meeting of all atomic survivors at the Spotswood / Kingsville RSL, Victoria, on Saturday May 12, 2018.  The national secretary of the Australian Ex-Services Atomic Survivors Association Inc., will be coming to Melbourne to hold a meeting of all / any, Nuclear Vets to try to create a National body (Western Australia are the only National Assoc as far as he knows).  Hopefully there is enough interest in Melbourne to establish a branch here.  By having a larger member base it will gain more credence in speaking with the Government. 
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12 Feb 2018 HMAS Hobart First of Class Trials
HMAS Hobart is conducting weapons firing trials off the east coast of Australia. These trials include naval gunfire support drills, anti-air gunnery practice and torpedo testing against real and simulated targets, testing the ship and crew’s performance.
11 Feb 2018 Fishermen rescued in Torres Strait
A Navy-crewed patrol boat has rescued nine Papua New Guinean fisherman after their vessel was found in the Torres Strait, having drifted without fuel or food for six days.  The Australian Defence Vessel Cape Fourcroy was tasked to respond to the incident when a Maritime Border Command helicopter spotted the seven metre Banana Boat adrift on the Warrior Reef.  Commander Maritime Border Command, Rear Admiral Peter Laver, praised the work of the Cape Fourcroy crew on board.  More.....
09 Feb 2018 HMAS Hobart visits namesake city for the first time
The Royal Australian Navy’s newest warship, HMAS Hobart, has arrived in its namesake city for the first time.  This port visit is the first time in 18 years a ship carrying the name Hobart has visited the City of Hobart and will see the guided missile destroyer feature as the flagship in the Royal Hobart Regatta.  Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, said the ship’s company are excited to strengthen the ties Navy already has with Hobart and Tasmania.  More.....
09 Feb 2018 Defence Forges Pathways For Women in Science
International Day for Women and Girls in Science 2018
On International Day for Women and Girls in Science, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has highlighted the world class training opportunities for women and girls interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  In 2017, 41% of female students at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) studied Science, Engineering, Technology, Computing and Cyber Security degrees.  More.....
08 Feb 2018 Western Australia premier to vie for more US Navy port calls during US visit
Western Australia premier Mark McGowan is set to join prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and other officials on a visit to the US during which he will present Western Australia’s defense capabilities.  McGowan is to meet with US Navy secretary Richard V. Spencer to discuss Western Australia as a suitable location for additional future ship visits by the US Navy.  The premier will also engage in a series of meetings to highlight Western Australia’s capacity as a supplier, manufacturer and repairer for the defense sector.  More.....
08 Feb 2018 Australian Defence Force personnel complete Indian Ocean exercise
Royal Australian Navy personnel from Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 and frigate HMAS Warramunga have completed their involvement in this year’s Exercise Cutlass Express 18, which was held between 29 January–7 February 2018.  Cutlass Express is an annual exercise sponsored by US Africa Command and conducted by US Naval Forces Africa to improve maritime law enforcement capacity and promote regional security in the Western Indian Ocean.  More.....
06 Feb 2018 US Navy moves closer to launching sea drone to hunt for submarines
The US Navy could begin deploying a self-piloting sea drone by the end of the year to hunt for submarines at a time when China and Russia are expanding their underwater fleets, according to the research agency that designed it.  The Navy received the $20 million prototype last week from the Defense Advanced Research Agency, or DARPA.  Navy researchers will now work to further develop the robotic vessel — which requires no remote piloting — with the aim of integrating it into fleets.  More.....
05 Feb 2018 US Navy’s second Zumwalt-class destroyer completes acceptance trials
Future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), the US Navy’s second Zumwalt-class destroyer, completed acceptance trials on February 1, the US Naval Sea Systems Command announced.  The US Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations both pier side and underway, evaluating the ship’s construction and compliance with Navy specifications.  Many of the ship’s onboard systems including navigation, damage control, mechanical, electrical, combat, communications, and propulsion systems were tested to validate performance met or exceeded Navy specifications.  More.....
05 Feb 2018 HMAS Warramunga Drug Busts Top $1 Billion
05 Feb 2018 Turtle released while protecting Australian fisheries
The release of a rescued Green Sea Turtle back into the ocean by HMAS Childers has capped a successful few months for Royal Australian Navy Patrol Boats in the Top End on their mission to protect Australia’s natural resources.  As part of Maritime Border Command, a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force, and in partnership with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, the patrol boats have recently apprehended four Indonesian fishing vessels suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters, removed almost six tonnes of ghost nets from the ocean, and rescued and released ‘Franklin the Turtle’.  More.....
05 Feb 2018 L3 joins BAE Systems for Australian Future Frigate bid
US-based command and communication company L3 Technologies announced it is joining the BAE Systems Power and Propulsion Team by providing the integrated platform management system (IPMS) for BAE’s proposed Type 26 frigate design adapted for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) SEA5000 program.  L3 was selected to provide the IPMS, as well as controls and instrumentation (C&I), for the nine Type 26 Global Combat Ships proposed for the SEA5000 program.  If BAE’s design is selected, the total value of this contract, which is expected to be awarded by the federal government in April or May, is AU$35 billion (approximately US$27.4 billion).  More.....
03 Feb 2018 Amphibious warship America leads flotilla back to San Diego
The high-tech flagship America and its flotilla sailed back to San Diego on Friday, carrying home Marines who battled in Iraq — along with the promise that these warships will redefine how potential enemies view the 21st century Navy.  The America is the first of its class of revolutionary “big deck” vessels that make traditional amphibious assault ships more like powerful aircraft carriers.  More.....
03 Feb 2018 RAN Submarine COs recall Dunkirk Evacuation
Australia’s Submarine Squadron and the evacuation of British forces at Dunkirk during World War Two are unusual associates, but past and present have combined for one evening at Old Parliament House.  The nation’s capital recently played host to a special meeting of an exclusive band of Navy officers.  The 2018 Frank Getting Perisher Dinner is named after Captain F.E. Getting, RAN, the first Australian officer to pass the Royal Navy’s Submarine Command (Perisher) Course in 1926.  The dinner is open to all Royal Australian Navy officers who have passed a Perisher course and are therefore qualified to command a submarine.  More.....
03 Feb 2018 HMAS Warramunga seizes another $124 million of heroin, total seizures top $1 billion
Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga's crew has seized another 414 kilograms of heroin valued in excess of $124 million during an operation in the Western Indian Ocean.  Warramunga has now seized and destroyed narcotics from seven vessels since deploying to the Middle East in November, totalling 11.5 tonnes of hashish and 1.5 tonnes of heroin, valued in excess of $1 billion.*  More.....
01 Feb 2018 US Marine Corps General delivers speech honouring ADF personnel
01 Feb 2018 Air Warfare Destroyer project removed from Projects of Concern list
The Air Warfare Destroyer project has been removed from the Projects of Concern list following continuing improvements in shipbuilding performance.  Following an independent review by Professor Don Winter and Dr John White and a review by the Australian National Audit Office, the project was placed on the Projects of Concern list in June 2014 due to increasing commercial, schedule and cost risks.  More.....
30 Jan 2018 Statement - Strava heat map
Defence is aware of the possible risks of the collection of location data through personal electronic devices and applications.  The circumstances of this application do not constitute a security breach.  All Defence personnel are required to complete annual mandatory security training which includes information on the risks posed by internet-connected devices and online activities.  Defence personnel are advised to actively use and manage privacy controls to limit the amount of information they make publicly available and report any suspicious online activities or contacts.  Defence also provides regular personal security awareness information to personnel.  More.....
30 Jan 2018 Defence Chief announces new Command
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) continues to build its cyber capability, establishing the new Defence Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Cyber Command.  From 29 January, the new Joint SIGINT Unit and the recently established Joint Cyber Unit will operate under the Defence SIGINT and Cyber Command alongside civilian teams from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).  More.....
29 Jan 2018 Heroin seizure by HMAS Warramunga
29 Jan 2018 USS Missouri arrives at Pearl Harbor homeport
US Navy’s Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) arrived to Pearl Harbor on January completing a homeport change from Groton, Connecticut.  Missouri is now assigned to Submarine Squadron 1, and is the sixth Virginia-class submarine stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.  Missouri is the fifth Navy ship to be named in honor of the state of Missouri.  More.....
29 Jan 2018 Mateship recognised as Australians honoured by US Marine Corps
The United States Marine Corps has awarded a rare honour to 107 Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who helped recover a US Marine Corps aircraft that crashed and sank off the north Queensland coast late last year.  Navy, Army and Air force personnel have been awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation by the head of the US Marine Corps in the Pacific, Lieutenant General David Berger, during his visit to the Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship, HMAS Adelaide.  More.....
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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.