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21 Aug 2019 Captain Stevenson's ashes committed to the sea
HMAS Melbourne (III)’s final cruise has also served as a fitting final voyage for the ashes of Captain John Philip Stevenson.  Captain Stevenson was a Commanding Officer of the previous warship to carry the name Melbourne, and passed away in February this year at the age of 98.  Among Captain Stevenson’s final wishes was for his ashes to be scattered near Gabo Island, off the South West coast of Victoria, where he’d scattered ashes of his father - Rear Admiral John Bryan Stevenson.  More.....
21 Aug 2019 Australia joins international maritime security construct in the Gulf
The Morrison Government is reaffirming its commitment to freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Gulf by announcing it will support an international maritime security mission.  This mission will see the Australian Defence Force work alongside its international partners to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.  More.....
21 Aug 2019 Younger Veterans' Mental Health Grants
Projects focused on mental health support for younger veterans will be prioritised in the next round of the Supporting Younger Veterans grants program.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Supporting Younger Veterans grants help younger veterans and their families as they leave the Australian Defence Force and transition into civilian life.  More.....
20 Aug 2019 Battle of Savo Island and the sinking of HMAS Canberra Commemorative Service
A selection of photos from the Commemorative Service held in the Sanctuary at the Shrine of Remembrance on 09 August 2019 are now available to view in the Gallery.
20 Aug 2019 Securing Australia’s naval shipbuilding future and navigating the challenges of industry modernisation
Australia’s record $95 billion shipbuilding program is poised to reshape the nation’s naval shipbuilding capacity and the future warfare capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy – however, the workforce behind the scenes is equally important to supporting the future naval capability.  Developing this workforce is not without its challenges to navigate, explains Geoff Crittenden of Weld Australia.  More.....
20 Aug 2019 Japan leads development of regional ‘capability aggregation and collective deterrence’
The Japanese government’s approval of the F-35B acquisition and modernisation of its maritime capabilities has been designed to reinforce the nation’s commitment to the regional and global rules-based order.  The growing commonality of platforms and weapons systems fielded by Japan, Australia, the US and South Korea provides avenues for Australia ahead of the new Defence White Paper.  More.....
20 Aug 2019 Expanding the capability of the OPVs ahead of mission creep
Australia’s Armidale Class patrol boats have steadily experienced mission creep throughout their operational life, therefore it is reasonable to assume that the succeeding Arafura Class will be required to play a variety of roles.  As the Indo-Pacific becomes more contested they will begin to take on more high-intensity combat operations, which raises the question:  should the OPVs be up-armed from the get-go?  More.....
20 Aug 2019 HMAS Coonawarra ceremonial support for Northern Territory Navy Week
20 Aug 2019 Global wrap-up: Japan confirms F-35B plans, Germany begins acquisition of future fleet oiler
This global wrap-up provides updates of industry developments across the globe, including new procurement deals, capability introductions and key announcements.
Asia-Pacific:
The Japanese Ministry of Defense has officially confirmed its decision to acquire a fleet of 42 F-35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft with a reported unit cost of US$130 million per air frame – it is expected that aircraft will operate from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force's two Izumo Class vessels, the Izumo and Kaga.  More.....
19 Aug 2019 ‘Five Eyes’ on China: US allies + Malaysia conduct exercises
This is your weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons.  The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves.  More.....
19 Aug 2019 HMAS Hobart fires first missile on home station
19 Aug 2019 Strong and free? The future security of Australia’s north
The strategic importance of northern Australia to our national security has long been recognised by successive governments, but policymakers have struggled to develop a coherent long-term plan for the defence of the north.  Until recently, there hasn’t been any real urgency to getting our defence thinking about northern Australia right.  More.....
17 Aug 2019 New guardian arrives in the Pacific
The third of 21 Guardian-class patrol boats donated by Australia to partners in the Pacific region has been escorted to Tonga by HMAS Armidale.  The soon to be commissioned ship, Ngahau Koula was delivered to Tonga as part of the Australian Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program.  More.....
17 Aug 2019

Peninsula Ship Society
- August edition of the "Sea Chest" is now available to download.....
17 Aug 2019 Vietnam Veterans' legacy remembered
Tomorrow Australians across the country are encouraged to commemorate the service of all those who served in the Vietnam War and the Battle of Long Tan.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said Australians should pause and reflect on the bravery, teamwork and endurance that was displayed throughout the battle and wider war.  More.....
16 Aug 2019 Lockheed Martin to fund ‘best of breed’ solutions for future submarines
Lockheed Martin Australia has announced a second round of research and development request for quotes for industry and academic organisations to develop advanced technologies in support of Australia’s Attack Class submarine fleet.  The first round of R&D grants saw more than $900,000 allocated to industry and academic institutions in March 2019. This second round of research and development seeding grants will see grants of $75,000 each with the opportunity to develop a white paper on advanced technologies for Australia’s Attack Class Submarine Program.  More.....
16 Aug 2019  Samoa receives Guardian-class Patrol Boat
The Australian Government has today handed over the newest Guardian-class Patrol Boat Nafanua II to the Samoan Government at a ceremony in Henderson, Western Australia.  Nafanua II was received by Samoa’s Deputy Prime Minister the Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata'afa and the Commissioner of Police Mr Fuivaili’ili Egon Keil.  More.....
15 Aug 2019 AWM Director thanked for outstanding achievements
THE Federal Government will undertake a nationwide search for a new director of the Australian War Memorial after Dr Brendan Nelson AO has announced that he would finish in the role at the end of the year.  After seven years as Director, Dr Nelson told Australian War Memorial staff this morning that he will conclude his service when his appointment ceases at the end of the year.  More.....
14 Aug 2019 Honouring women’s contribution to our defence
Women and families from across Australia whose lives have been impacted as a result of Defence service have tonight come together at the Honouring Women United by Defence Service (HWUDS) dinner in Canberra.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the HWUDS dinner seeks to acknowledge and honour all those women and their families united by service with the Australian Defence Force (ADF).  More.....
14 Aug 2019 The US Navy fixed the propulsion problems on its $13 billion supercarrier, but the ship still has serious issues
Shipbuilders and sailors have fixed the propulsion plant problems on the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first of a new class of supercarriers that is behind schedule, over budget, and still struggling with development issues.  Work on the ship’s propulsion plant was completed toward the end of July, the Navy announced in a statement Monday.  More.....
14 Aug 2019 Manila asks China to explain warships in PI waters
This is your weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons.  The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves.  More.....
14 Aug 2019 Hong Kong port visits by 2 Navy ships denied by China amid unrest
U.S. officials say the Chinese government has denied requests for two U.S. Navy ships to make port visits to Hong Kong amid civil unrest.  Cmdr. Nate Christensen, deputy spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said Tuesday said the amphibious transport dock ship Green Bay had been scheduled to visit Hong Kong on Aug. 17 and the guided-missile cruiser Lake Erie was scheduled to visit in September.  More.....
14 Aug 2019 UK takes command of Bahrain-based Combined Task Force 150
A UK-led joint staff of Royal Navy and French Marine Nationale assumed command of the Bahrain-based Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 from the Pakistan Navy on August 8.  During the ceremony at the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) headquarters in Bahrain, command of CTF 150 was passed from Commodore Alveer Ahmed Noor of the Pakistan Navy to Commodore Edward Ahlgren, OBE, Royal Navy.  More.....
14 Aug 2019 NATO group heads for US, Canadian coasts
Ships from NATO’s Standing Maritime Group One (SNMG1) are en route to the United States and Canada after assembling in Brest, France on August 4 to begin SNMG1’s second semester.  The group is transiting the Atlantic Ocean to start SNMG1’s Maritime Express initiative, a new construct designed to open up more opportunities for NATO partners and allies to train together.  More.....
14 Aug 2019 Defence launches new Reconciliation Action Plan
THE Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester today launched the fourth Defence Reconciliation Action Plan.  Mr Chester said the Defence Reconciliation Action Plan (D-RAP) 2019-2022 outlines Defence’s commitment to reconciliation and aligns with the Whole of Government ‘Closing the Gap’ strategy.  More.....
14 Aug 2019

Naval Historical Society of Australia (Victorian Chapter)
President's August Musings are now available to download.....
13 Aug 2019 Russia buries 5 nuke engineers following explosion
Thousands of Russians attended the funerals Monday of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by an explosion as they tested a new rocket, a tragedy that fueled radiation fears and raised new questions about a secretive weapons program.  The engineers, who died Thursday, were laid to rest Monday in Sarov, which hosts Russia’s main nuclear weapons research center, where they worked.  More.....
13 Aug 2019 Growing focus on Indian Ocean for new Defence Minister
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has reinforced Australia’s position as an Indian Ocean power during a speech at the Indo-Pacific Conference hosted in Perth, highlighting the nation’s plan and commitment to enhance the security and prosperity of the region.  More.....
13 Aug 2019 WA government positions itself to support Collins Class maintenance
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Defence Issues Paul Papalia have responded to two studies into the Collins Class submarine full-cycle docking maintenance program, which have found significant strategic and economic benefits of moving this work to Western Australia.  More.....
13 Aug 2019 The five-domains update
Sea state

China’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ni Jian, has said that China is considering using its navy to help escort its commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf if a ‘very unsafe situation’ eventuates. China is also contemplating joining the US-led Operation Sentinel, despite the ongoing trade war between the two nations.  More.....
12 Aug 2019 Royal Navy submariners sacked after testing positive for cocaine
The Royal Navy has discharged three submariners after they failed a compulsory drug test.  The submariners are understood to have served aboard Vanguard-class submarine HMS Vengeance.  According to UK media reports, the submarine’s crew was tested after cleaners found cocaine packages in the cabins following a run ashore in Florida.  More.....
12 Aug 2019 UK MoD hires wargame developer for training simulations
A wargame publisher has been hired to help explore ways the Royal Navy and other UK armed forces services could use games for educational purposes.  UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has awarded gaming company Slitherine a two-year contract worth up to £1.5 million to demonstrate the potential of games to enhance training.  More.....
12 Aug 2019 Is it time to modernise the Two Ocean policy?
Australia’s Two Ocean policy, established in the late 1980s, marked a major shift in the naval force posture of the Royal Australian Navy as it shifted away from the last vestiges of power projection in the region toward continental defence in the sea-air gap.  However, the rapidly evolving balance of regional power raises an important question about the validity of a three-decade-old policy.  More.....
10 Aug 2019

Naval Association of Australia
- President's monthly newsletter 8/2019.....
10 Aug 2019 Improved Dental and Allied Health (for clients)
Overview
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) wants its dental and allied health service arrangements to continue meeting the needs of veterans and their families.

For this reason, DVA is making changes to strengthen the quality of allied health care. From October 2019, this will include increasing general practitioner (GP) involvement in treatment. The aim is to make sure that clients get the clinically necessary allied health treatment that they need. As a DVA cardholder, your need for allied health care will be determined by your GP in consultation with you.  More.....
09 Aug 2019 ‘In the Navy’ songwriter dead at 82
Henri Belolo, who co-founded Village People and co-wrote their classic hits “YMCA,” ''Macho Man" and “In the Navy,” has died. He was 82.  Scorpio Music, founded by Belolo, announced on Wednesday that Belolo died Saturday. No details about the death were provided.  More.....
09 Aug 2019 Russian Navy nuclear test site explosion kills two, injures six
An explosion at a Russian military range in Nyonoksa in the north western Arkhangelsk region on August 8 killed two and injured another six service members, defense officials have confirmed.  The Arctic missile test site is used by the Russian Navy to test intercontinental ballistic missiles.  More.....
09 Aug 2019 Every dog has its day
Leading Seaman Ruby Flinders was promoted to the rank of Petty Officer last week in what was a special milestone for the four-legged sailor and her proud shipmates.  Petty Officer Flinders is posted to West Head Gunnery Range on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, where she serves as the range’s mascot and brings joy to the ship’s company every day.  More.....
08 Aug 2019 LS Ruby Flinders Promotion to Petty Officer Boatswain
08 Aug 2019 Navy hero awarded for bravery in 1969
A former Royal Australian Navy sailor who has been awarded for his bravery in the aftermath of a tragic accident 50 years ago will never forget the fear he experienced that fateful morning.  Able Seaman Radar Plotter Lew Farkas was on board HMAS Melbourne (II) in the early hours of 3 June 1969 when the USS Frank E Evans collided with the Royal Australian Navy aircraft carrier after crossing her bow in the South China Sea.  More.....
08 Aug 2019 Max Montague's Models on Display at Seaworks
The Seaworks Maritime Discovery Centre Invite you to the opening of our permanent exhibition dedicated to The Royal Australian Navy through its historic link with Williamstown and the H.M.A. Naval Dockyard Williamstown.
The opening will be at The Seaworks Maritime Discovery Centre 82 Nelson Place Williamstown on Sunday 25th August commencing at 1pm.  Download flyer.....
07 Aug 2019 A hazy future: Amid a competition to build British frigates, a UK shipyard hits hard times
The Northern Irish shipyard that built the Titanic ceased business Aug. 5, and its part in a bid to build a new class of the general-purpose frigate for the British Royal Navy appears to have sunk with it.  Harland and Wolff was the lead U.K. yard in a proposal by German-based warship company Atlas Elektronik to build five Type 31e frigates for the Royal Navy.  More.....
07 Aug 2019 With mounting questions about cost and survivability, a shifting political landscape for US aircraft carriers
The new chief of naval operations, Adm. Michael Gilday, was confirmed quickly by the Senate last week, but lawmakers made clear that the cost and growing vulnerability of aircraft carriers to ever-faster and evasive missiles will be among the issues he’s expected to tackle when he officially takes the reins.  More.....
07 Aug 2019 CARAT and the stick: Latest South China Sea developments
This is a weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons.  The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves.  More.....
06 Aug 2019 Airborne sensors support development of maritime picture
DST graduates Cassandra Heffernan and Tom Fahy were recently introduced to the world of defence science experimentation to explore the impact of different levels of integration between a UAS capability with radar, electronic support and electro-optic sensors and a ship’s own sensors within a combat system.  Heffernan and Fahy helped experienced practitioners Kingsley Fletcher and Susan Cockshell put Navy personnel through a series of tasks to explore the impact of working with uninhabited aerial systems (UAS) on crew performance and workload.  More.....
06 Aug 2019 Royal Navy joining Persian Gulf maritime mission with US Navy
The UK has confirmed its navy ships would join US assets on a new international maritime security mission in the Persian Gulf.  The mission will see the Royal Navy working alongside the US Navy to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.  More.....
06 Aug 2019 The five-domains update
Sea state

Last Wednesday, a Chinese naval warship collided with a Taiwanese freighter in the Taiwan Strait at around 8 pm local time.  Both vessels suffered hull damage.  The cargo ship made it safely to Liaoluo Port in Kinmen but the Chinese vessel kept going.  The Taiwan coastguard caught up with the ship at around midnight but was unable to identify its hull number in the darkness.  Authorities are now investigating the incident to determine whether it was an accident or a deliberate act.  More.....
06 Aug 2019 Paluma assumes First Lady mantle
HMAS Paluma has been formally recognised as the ‘First Lady of the Fleet’, assuming the title of longest serving ship in the Royal Australian Navy.  Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead handed a perpetual trophy to Paluma’s ship’s company at her homeport in Cairns.  More.....
05 Aug 2019 HMAS Leeuwin joins celebrations for presidential inauguration
HMAS Leeuwin arrived in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, ahead of the inauguration of the country’s ninth President, David W Panuelo, on 29 July 2019.  The ship provided a setting for a celebratory luncheon honouring President Panuelo, jointly hosted by the Honourable Alex Hawke, MP, Assistant Defence Minister and Minister for International Development and the Pacific and the Honourable Robert Wilkie, United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  More.....
02 Aug 2019 Support for military families in coping with trauma
Families of serving, transitioning, or ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) who are experiencing mental health concerns following trauma now have a new resource to help them.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said families play a critical role supporting current and former ADF members and it is vital they are supported themselves.  More.....
02 Aug 2019 New Pilots prepare to take to the skies from sea and land
Set within Navy’s 723 Squadron at HMAS Albatross, the Joint Helicopter School was designed to provide the foundation skills needed by future pilots, aircrew and Aviation Warfare Officers to operate the highly sophisticated combat helicopters used by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army.  Seventeen students graduated from the intensive 26 week course in a ceremony on 26 July.  More.....
02 Aug 2019 HMAS Canberra returns home
02 Aug 2019 Arrival of Chilean tall ship Esmeralda
02 Aug 2019

Navy League of Australia(Vic-Tas Div)
August newsletter is now available to download..... 
01 Aug 2019  Leopold War Memorial receives Armistice grant
The Leopold War Memorial will receive a $30,000 Federal Government grant.  The grant has been provided through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program (ACGP) which has delivered $7.2 million over two years to local and community-based projects around Australia that commemorate the end of the First World War, the Centenary of Armistice and the celebration of peace.  More.....
01 Aug 2019 ASC maintains submarine sustainment capability
A rejuvenated Master of Marine Engineering (MME) program, backed by the expertise and resources of ASC, Australia’s submarine company, has seen dozens of postgraduate students at the University of Adelaide prepare for a career building and sustaining Australia’s current and future submarines.  More.....
01 Aug 2019 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
August issue.....
01 Aug 2019 Flotilla welcomes Chilean Navy to Sydney
A flotilla of tall ships and a Royal Australian Navy guided missile frigate welcomed Chilean Navy tall ship Buque Escuela Esmeralda to Sydney today.  HMAS Melbourne led the parade of tall ships into Sydney Heads. Royal Australian Navy operated STS Young Endeavour was the first of the tall ships in formation, followed by the spectacular four-masted burquentine TS Esmeralda.  Sydney based tall ships James Craig, Soren Larsen and MV Martindale brought up the rear.  More.....
01 Aug 2019 Darwin soldiers bid farewell ahead of Middle East deployment
More than 270 Australian Defence Force personnel have been farewelled at Robertson Barracks in Darwin today ahead of their upcoming deployment to the Middle East Region.   The ADF contingent are largely from the Australian Army’s 1st Brigade, and will deploy on a six to eight month rotation as part of Theatre Communications Group-9 (TCG-9) and Force Protection Element-12 (FPE-12).  More.....
31 Jul 2019 Women and Families United by Defence Service Council members announced
The membership of the Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service has been announced today ahead of its first meeting on 2 August.  Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said he was delighted that Army veteran and current Chief Executive of BAE Systems Australia, Ms Gabby Costigan, had agreed to chair the new Council.  More.....
31 Jul 2019 Real life Rocket Man debuts over water
Former Royal Marines Reservist and inventor of the jet-powered suit, has tested it over the water for the very first time alongside HMS Dasher.
31 Jul 2019 US Navy declares missing carrier Lincoln sailor dead
The US Navy on Tuesday said it has changed the duty status of the sailor believed to have fallen overboard into Arabian Sea to deceased.  Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Slayton Richard Saldana had been listed as duty status whereabouts unknown, or DUSTWUN, ever since he went missing on board the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln on July 17.  More.....
31 Jul 2019 Gap year turns into Navy career
Able Seaman Medic Renée Simmons left Shellharbour, New South Wales, for what she thought would be a 12-month stepping stone to a career in the police force. Instead, she found a rewarding career in the Navy.  “I joined the Navy in 2011 as part of the Gap Year program. It was a year spent travelling around Australia and experiencing different roles, including aviation, stores and medical,” Able Seaman Simmons said.  More.....
30 Jul 2019 Japan Maritime Self Defense Force eyeing purchase of 20 unmanned helicopters
The Japanese government intends to acquire around 20 unmanned helicopters for its Maritime Self Defense Forces (JMSDF), local media reports have said citing unnamed officials.  According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, the acquisition of a yet unspecified large, unmanned helicopter fleet would be in response to China’s growing maritime assertiveness in the region.  More.....
30 Jul 2019 Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network
Synopsis

Melbourne has in effect turned its back on its rich maritime heritage.  Melbourne was, and is still, a great port city.  Trade by sea was, and is still, crucial in underpinning Melbourne’s economic prosperity.  Melbourne remains the nations largest port.  This cultural and economic strength in Melbourne has not been adequately acknowledged in the public realm and thus far remains undervalued and inadequately exploited by government.  The Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network (MMHN) was formed to address these ‘deficits’.   More.....
30 Jul 2019 Expanding the allied Pacific carrier fleet:  Reviving the Aircraft Carrier (Medium) program
With both Japan and South Korea kicking off upgrades to develop their own small carrier fleets – a Cold War-era concept – the Aircraft Carrier (Medium) may provide the US Navy and these key allies, and potentially Australia, with the opportunity to expand naval aviation, deterrence and power projection capabilities in a cost-effective, highly capable manner.  More.....
30 Jul 2019 Pacific neighbours impressed by show of force
Senior officers from Australia’s Pacific neighbours were among representatives from 15 nations who had a closer look at HMAS Adelaide during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019 (TS19).  The guests included military observers from Fiji, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Tonga and Japan, seeing first-hand the vast undertaking required to execute a large-scale and complex amphibious exercise.  More.....
29 Jul 2019 Record Marine deployment provides opportunities and sends a message
With revelations of a US$300 million commitment by the US to expanding facilities at Darwin and a record deployment of US Marines, the relationship between Australia and the US is at a record high – this combination of factors provides an opportunity for Australia and a message to the broader region, but it shouldn't be blown out of proportion.  More.....
29 Jul 2019 ASPI chief counters with scathing response to White’s ‘How to defend Australia’
Debate is well and truly ablaze, as ASPI executive director Peter Jennings has issued a scathing response to Hugh White’s latest book, How to Defend Australia, which identifies a stark shift in Australia’s defence planning, acquisition and force structure as the regional balance of power evolves.  More.....
27 Jul 2019 Australia's largest Exercise Talisman Sabre concludes
The closing ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 has been held in the Port of Brisbane today, marking the conclusion of Australia’s largest bilateral defence exercise with the United States.  Over 1,000 personnel embarked on the USS Wasp to formally close the exercise and farewell those who participated over the past two weeks.  More.....
26 Jul 2019 Leaner, meaner and future-proofed: China’s White Paper sharpens the edge
China’s new defence white paper, China's National Defense in the New Era, has shifted the rising superpower’s focus to developing a force structure and system of systems capable of supporting its ambitions towards the Indo-Pacific and its national interests, providing a clear message – we’re the new king.  More.....
26 Jul 2019 Maritime Task Group building relationships
One of the successful outcomes from Plan Pelorus has been the Royal Australian Navy routinely raising and deploying Maritime Task Groups.  This has created a demand for Task Group Command Staff and the subsequent creation of the Australian Maritime Task Group (AUSMTG).  More.....
25 Jul 2019 BAE Systems completes P950 autonomous RIB trials
UK defense technology company BAE Systems has completed “one-of-a-kind” trials of the autonomous Pacific 950 rigid inflatable boat (RIB) demonstrator.  The company now says that the autonomous technology will allow navies to go beyond the limits of human endurance with unmanned vessels that can travel further, for longer and to more inhospitable environments.  More.....
25 Jul 2019
NVN's July edition of "BROADSIDE" is now available to download.....
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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.....