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19 Jun 2017 Should some of our Barracudas go nuclear?
Australia’s decision to spend $50 billion on 12 French diesel-electric Shortfin Barracuda submarines reflects a long-established government preference for non-nuclear submarine forces.  But will this preference remain strategically credible in future years if our strategic circumstances continue to deteriorate and if potential competitors continue to expand and to modernise their submarine fleets?  More.....
19 Jun 2017 U.S. Navy confirms all 7 missing sailors from USS Fitzgerald found dead
The U.S. Navy confirmed on Monday that all seven missing sailors on the USS Fitzgerald were found dead in flooded berthing compartments after the destroyer's collision with a container ship off Japan over the weekend.  The USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged container ship collided south of Tokyo Bay early on Saturday.  The cause of the collision in clear weather is not known.  A significant portion of the crew was asleep when the collision occurred, tearing a gash under the warship's waterline and flooding two crew compartments, the radio room and the auxiliary machine room.  More.....
19 Jun 2017 75th anniversary of loss of HMAS Nestor
The lives of three Australian and one British sailor lost during the Second World War when HMAS Nestor was attacked were honoured at a commemorative service at Garden Island, Sydney.  On 15 June 1942, Nestor was part of a covering force for a large convoy when she came under air attack about 100 miles north of the port of Tobruk, in Libya.  Three heavy bombs straddled the ship, resulting in the No. 1 boiler room being flooded.  More.....
18 Jun 2017 $500 million for enhanced satellite capability
The Turnbull Government has announced a $500 million investment to improve Australia’s space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, to support ADF operations around the world and at home to secure our borders.  This information will be used to support Australia’s defence priorities including defence operations, border protection and humanitarian missions.  More.....
17 Jun 2017 Seven sailors missing, three injured after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with container ship off Japan
Seven sailors are missing and three injured after a U.S. Navy destroyer collided early on Saturday morning with a Philippine-flagged container ship south of Tokyo Bay in Japan, the U.S. Navy said.  The Japanese Coast Guard said the destroyer was experiencing some flooding but was not in danger of sinking, while the merchant vessel was able to sail under its own power.  The U.S. Navy said in a statement the USS Fitzgerald, an Aegis guided missile destroyer, collided with a merchant vessel at about 2:30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT), some 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, a rare incident on a busy waterway.  Three aboard the destroyer had been medically evacuated, including the ship's commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, who was reportedly in stable condition after being airlifted to the U.S. Naval Hospital on the Yokosuka base, the Navy said.  More.....
16 Jun 2017 USS Shiloh sailor found alive on board after being declared dead
A U.S. Navy sailor assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh was found alive on board after being reported overboard and presumed dead three days before. Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims went missing on June 8 when the U.S.  Navy launched a massive search operation that included Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Japan Coast Guard assets.  The 50-hour search that covered roughly 5,500 square miles of the Philippine Sea was called off on June 11 and Mims was presumed dead.  More.....
16 Jun 2017 First Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart accepted by Defence Osborne Naval Shipyard. Today, the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance celebrated the Government’s provisional acceptance of the first destroyer, Hobart, at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.  Hobart is the first of three destroyers being built and integrated by the AWD Alliance which comprises the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia and ASC with support from Navantia. In the coming months, Hobart will transit from Adelaide to Sydney where she will be commissioned into service by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) later this year.  More.....
15 Jun 2017 Government passes Gold Cards for BCOF and BNT veterans’ legislation
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today called on surviving participants of the British Nuclear Test (BNT) program in Australia and veterans who served as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) to register for free health care.  Mr Tehan said the DVA Budget passed the Senate today.  Mr Tehan said the passage of the Bill meant the Government’s $133.1 million program to provide a Gold Card to the surviving participants of the BNT program in Australia and veterans who served as part of the BCOF would come into effect from 1 July.  More.....
14 Jun 2017 US Navy underestimating cost of second Ford-class carrier: GAO
The U.S. Navy should develop a more accurate cost estimate for its second Ford-class carrier, the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), if it wants to avoid the mistakes made on the lead ship, an independent watchdog has warned.  The recently delivered USS Gerald R. Ford cost the navy over $2 billion more than initially expected.  Following a review of the navy’s current estimates for CVN 79, the Government Accountability Office has found that the navy is at risk of repeating the mistakes at the potential cost of of hundreds of millions of dollars.  More.....
14 Jun 2017 Freedom of navigation in the South China Sea: Australia must take a stand
The spotlight is once again on Australia and whether it will conduct freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS) in the South China Sea.  The debate has been revived as a result of remarks made by the recently retired long-standing Australian government bureaucrat Dennis Richardson, and by the visiting US Senator John McCain, followed by Malcolm Turnbull’s robust speech at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on 2 June.  More.....
14 Jun 2017 HMAS Arunta narcotics interdiction
HMAS Arunta has completed a third significant narcotics interdiction after seizing 260kg of heroin in the north Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa as part of Operation MANITOU.  The Royal Australian Navy frigate intercepted the vessel after the ship’s embarked Seahawk helicopter detected the suspicious dhow on 7 June during a planned surface search.   More.....
13 Jun 2017 Indian warships arrive for bilateral maritime exercise
Three Indian warships sailed into Fremantle to participate in a week-long naval exercise off the Western Australian coast.  Exercise Australia India (AUSINDEX) is a regular bilateral maritime exercise aimed at developing a deeper understanding and cooperation between the two navies.  Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, said AUSINDEX 17 was a concrete example of India and Australia working more closely together to increase maritime security.  More.....
12 Jun 2017 Four navies converge in South China Sea
Five ships from Australia, Japan, Canada and the U.S. met in the South China Sea on June 8 for two days of maneuvers and exercises.  The exercise included JMSDF destroyers Izumo and Sazanami, RCN frigate HMCS Winnipeg, Australian frigate Ballarat and US destroyer Sterett.  More.....
10 Jun 2017 Capability delivery through Naval Reserve
A comprehensive review of the Australian Naval Reserve has delivered 45 recommendations that aim to better integrate the part-time and full-time workforces of the fleet.  This Review was the most comprehensive examination of the Naval Reserve in recent history and is the foundation for the future generation, sustainment, employment and management of the Reserve as a fully integrated, capable and effective component of Navy’s total workforce.  More.....
08 Jun 2017 ASC, Austal team up for Future Frigate construction
Australian shipbuilders Austal and ASC Shipbuilding announced they are teaming up for the construction of the Australian Navy’s SEA5000 Future Frigates.  Under this arrangement, ASC Shipbuilding and Austal will act as one in support of the program, combining their skills and experience.  More.....
08 Jun 2017 Wounded, injured and ill Defence members assisted with creative arts program
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has launched its latest round of innovative arts program in Canberra aimed at supporting the recovery of military personnel facing health and wellbeing issues.  The ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program is currently being run at the University of Canberra.  The four week program is an opportunity to provide participants with an uplifting experience that has been designed to build their self-confidence and to assist their movement, speech and attention span.  More.....
07 Jun 2017 Watch: Boeing’s giant Echo Voyager UUV starts sea trials
Boeing’s extra large unmanned undersea vehicle (XLUVV), the 51 foot (15 meter) long Echo Voyager, has started sea trials off the coast of Southern California, the company announced.
07 Jun 2017 HMS Queen Elizabeth crew moves on board
Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is one step closer to departing Rosyth after the ship’s company took up residence on board the UK’s future flagship.  Over the last couple of months, the 700-strong ship’s company has been navigating their way around the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier familiarising themselves with the new and high tech systems on board, undergoing training and eating meals prepared in the galley.  More.....
07 Jun 2017 Australia and Indonesia unite to patrol fisheries
A joint operation between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Indonesian Armed Forces to stop illegal fishing and improve regional security concluded on Monday in Darwin.  Coordinated maritime patrol AUSINDO CORPAT 2017 began in Benoa, Bali on 27 May and covered waters between Australia and Indonesia over a 10 day period.  The combined operation targeted the unlawful exploitation of natural resources with a focus on illegal fishing along the shared maritime boundary.  More.....
05 Jun 2017 Drones provide a new way of detecting submerged mines
Drones are now capable of providing a new way to detect buried and submerged mines, U.S. Navy scientists unveiled during a recent demonstration.  Oelrich, a scientist at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock’s Combatant Craft Division, and Stephanson, president and chief executive officer of Broadband Discovery Systems (BDS), stared at an Android tablet showing search data from an unmanned aerial drone they had just flown.  More.....
04 Jun 2017 French Navy ships engage Australian, Spanish Navy on their Asia deployment
After concluding amphibious drills with U.S. Marines off Guam recently, French Navy ships FS Mistral and FS Courbet trained with Australian and Spanish Navy ships in Australian waters.  The French ships engaged Australian ships Success and Parramatta and the Spanish Navy’s Cristobal Colon in waters to the north of Darwin.  More.....
02 Jun 2017 Final Nulka missile decoy delivered
The final Australian-developed Nulka missile decoy was delivered to the Australian Navy by BAE Systems in April, after three decades of service to Australia, the United States and Canada.  Once launched, Nulka can fly a pre-programmed flight path to entice sea-skimming missiles away from a ship.  It has a unique design in that it hovers in mid air while seducing the incoming anti-ship missile.  More.....
01 Jun 2017 US Navy receives its most expensive ship ever
The U.S. Navy has received the future aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), in Newport News, Virginia, May 31.  With a price tag of $12.9 billion, USS Gerald R. Ford is the most expensive ship ever built for the U.S. Navy.  It is also the first new U.S. aircraft carrier design in 40 years.  More.....
01 Jun 2017 US Navy begins dual carrier operations off Korean Peninsula
The U.S. Navy now has two aircraft carriers operating near the Korean Peninsula and they are joined by ships from the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF).  Photos released by the U.S. Navy’ 7th Fleet show carrier strike groups centered around aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson operating together with JMSDF ships in the Sea of Japan.  More.....
31 May 2017 Talking to the chiefs: Ray Griggs (part 1)
In 2002 Ray Griggs, then captain of the frigate HMAS Arunta, took his ship to the Persian Gulf to help enforce UN sanctions against Iraq.  The Anzac-class frigate was equipped with eight air defence missiles and a dated conventional radar system.  Arunta is back in the Middle East now with 32 missiles, a front line helicopter and phased array radar system developed in Australia—one of the world’s best.  More.....
30 May 2017 UK: Workers hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak on submarine
Shipbuilders and Royal Navy personnel working on the UK’s newest Astute-class submarine were taken to hospital on Saturday after a carbon monoxide leak was discovered inside the submarine.  According to North West Evening Mail, the evacuation from future HMAS Audacious started when sensors detected high carbon monoxide levels.  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.