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15 Aug 2017 ADF Remuneration in focus
A new workplace remuneration arrangement for Australian Defence Force members that contains a six percent salary increase over three years is being prepared to be implemented when the current arrangement expires on 1 November this year.  Director Military Remuneration, Group Captain Jay Clarke said it was designed to be fair, reasonable and affordable and, most importantly, there would be no trade-off of conditions of service to fund the proposition.  More.....
14 Aug 2017 Ministerial statement on veterans and their families

I ask leave of the House to give the first annual Ministerial Statement on Veterans and Their Families.

As the Prime Minister has said, in these centenary years of Anzac, we best honour the Diggers of the First World War by supporting the servicemen and women, the veterans and the families of today.

It is important that all Australians understand the unique nature of service. It is important that all Australians understand what support they currently provide to our veterans. It is important that all Australians understand where our support needs to be targeted into the future. More.....
12 Aug 2017

Naval Historical Society of Australia (Victorian Chapter)
President's August Musings are now available to download.....
11 Aug 2017 Defence improves access to support for veterans
Minster for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan today launched a website for current and former ADF members that is a central hub of information about free support and services.  Mr Tehan said the Engage ‘Supporting Those Who Serve’ website would help all current and former ADF members, their families and those involved in their support, by providing easily accessible information.  More.....
11 Aug 2017 Deployable Mine Countermeasure Capabilities For Navy
The Royal Australian Navy is forging ahead with new technologies to counter the threat of sea mines to military and commercial vessels.  The Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, said the prevalence and increasing sophistication of sea mines means the Royal Australian Navy must continue to improve the way it finds and disposes of these mines.  More.....
11 Aug 2017 Navy's Minehunters Service Life Extension Reaches First Pass
The Australian Government has granted First Pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s Huon Class Minehunter Coastal vessels.  The Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, said the project forecast in the Defence White Paper 2016 will ensure Defence is able to provide an effective maritime mine countermeasure capability out to the 2030s.  “Minehunters play a vital role in protecting Australia’s ships, harbours and infrastructure from the threat of sea mines,” Rear Admiral Mead said.  More.....
10 Aug 2017 $4m for veterans helping veterans
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced almost $4 million in Government funding for essential advice, advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families, war widows and widowers.  “The Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program will support 142 ex-service organisations (ESOs) across Australia to continue providing help and advice to the veteran community,” Mr Tehan said.  More.....
10 Aug 2017 BAE Systems submits bid for Australian frigate build
Shipbuilder and defence contractor BAE Systems on Thursday announced it has officially submitted its bid for the construction of Australia’s nine SEA 5000 Future Frigates.  The company, however, did not reveal the cost of designing and building the frigates in Australia.  What is known is that the frigate design will be based on the Type 26 global combat ship which already started construction in the UK.  More.....
10 Aug 2017 Information Warfare Force established
An important step in delivering Navy’s future warfare effects was achieved in Sydney on 1 July with the establishment of a specific organisation to focus on information warfare.  The Information Warfare Force will bring together a number of existing groups with the aim to further develop Navy’s ability to operate in the fast-changing world of information transmission and technology.  The inaugural Commander Information Warfare, Commodore Braddon Wheeler has been responsible for developing the role of the Force.  More.....
09 Aug 2017 NUSHIP Hobart Arrival at Fleet Base East
09 Aug 2017 75th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra (I)
The Royal Australian Navy has remembered the loss of HMAS Canberra (I) with a commemorative service over her final resting place in waters off the Solomon Islands.  As part of a series of commemorations for the battles at Guadalcanal, Navy personnel from HMAS Success, along with a detachment from the current HMAS Canberra, paid their respects at sea, laying wreaths over the wreck in memory of the lives lost on both sides of the Battle of Savo Island.  More.....
09 Aug 2017 Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter uncovers drug plantations on Montserrat
A reconnaissance mission flown by a Royal Navy Wildcat over the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat has uncovered nine illegal drug plantations in the island’s forbidden zone.  Naval aviators revisited the town of Plymouth on the island, 20 years after it was destroyed by a volcano eruption.  Half the island was abandoned back in 1997 when the volcano erupted, mud and lava swallowed much of the Montserrat capital Plymouth.  More.....
08 Aug 2017 US, British aircraft carriers meet off Scotland
Two aircraft carriers, one operational since 2009 and the other preparing for its commissioning ceremony, met off the coast of Scotland during the UK-hosted exercise Saxon Warrior.  HMS Queen Elizabeth met up with the USS George HW Bush and her carrier strike group during a series of war games which have seen the Commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group, Commodore Andrew Betton, and his team direct jets, firepower and personnel across the task group for the last ten days to ensure readiness for the UK’s own carrier strike capability.  More.....
08 Aug 2017 Australia, Papua New Guinea start exercise Paradise
Naval forces from Australia and Papua New Guinea have kicked off the bilateral maritime exercise Paradise off the coast of Darwin with patrol boat crews from both countries meeting at Australian Navy base HMAS Coonawarra.  Australian exercise director, Commander Alex Hawes said this year’s iteration promised to be one of the most challenging with a busy schedule of combined navigation, boarding and live fire exercises planned.  More.....
08 Aug 2017 Training increase no challenge for innovative team
Navy personnel at the West Head Gunnery School in Victoria have been praised for their innovation to resolve an issue that could have arisen as the Royal Australian Navy’s shipbuilding program gathers pace.  The Gunnery Range Management Team is responsible for the coordination of gunnery training across the Fleet and Officer-In-Charge, Lieutenant Commander Peter Arnold, said conducting training activities was becoming increasingly difficult.  “This was because of new ships joining the Fleet with more complex weapon systems,” Lieutenant Commander Arnold said.  More.....
07 Aug 2017 Australian Navy ship locates crashed US Marine Osprey
A Royal Australian Navy vessel has located the MV-22 Osprey aircraft which crashed in Shoalwater Bay on Saturday leaving three marines missing and presumed dead.  The Australian defense ministry on Monday announced that survey ship HMAS Melville located the aircraft.  Preparations are now underway for dive teams to recover the submerged aircraft. Recovery operations using a remote operating vehicle will start on Monday evening.  More.....
07 Aug 2017 Australia’s first air warfare destroyer heads for commissioning site
Some two months after being officially delivered to the Australian defense ministry in Adelaide, Royal Australian Navy’s first air warfare destroyer Hobart has set sail for its commissioning site in Sydney.  According to The Advertiser, the future HMAS Hobart is set to be commissioned in a ceremony in Sydney on September 23.  More.....
07 Aug 2017 Australian Navy picks Cubic for simulation drills assistance
The Royal Australian Navy has selected Cubic Global Defense to develop and deliver simulation-enabled training events to its forces.  The four-year contract, valued at approximately USD $7.11 million or AUD $9 million, provides a range of simulation planning, technical support and professional interactors to enhance RAN’s multisite synthetic training events at the Navy Synthetic Warfighting Centre (NSWC).  More.....
07 Aug 2017
Navy League of Australia(Vic-Tas Div)
August newsletter is now available to download..... 
07 Aug 2017 No change
The Australian Government is committed to a stand-alone Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).  This has been an election commitment by the Coalition over successive elections and remains Government policy.  There are no plans to merge DVA with the Department of Human Services (DHS).  There is no meeting planned for this week and there is no agreement to be signed in the near future to subsume DVA into DHS.  More.....
07 Aug 2017 US admiral and RAN Chief: nuclear submarines require massive backup
For Australia to operate a fleet of nuclear submarines would require great resources and incur a huge expense, says United States Pacific Fleet commander Scott Swift.  Any country pursuing nuclear-powered vessels, ships, aircraft carriers or submarines should go down that path with a full understanding of the costs involved, Admiral Swift said during a recent visit to Canberra.  ‘It’s very, very expensive to sustain nuclear-powered vessels’, he said.  ‘There’s a significant infrastructure requirement and a significant safety requirement.’  More.....
06 Aug 2017 US military plane crash: search for missing crew in Queensland turns to 'recovery effort'
Three marines lost after a US military aircraft crashed off the Queensland coast are not believed to have survived, and the mission to find them has become a salvage and recovery effort, the US Marine Corps says.  The MV-22 Osprey aircraft was involved in a “mishap” at about 4pm Saturday while conducting exercises off Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton, where the biennial Talisman Sabre joint US and Australian military training exercise is under way.  Twenty-three of the 26 marines on board were rescued within an hour, while the search for the missing crew members continued throughout the night and into Sunday morning.  More.....
05 Aug 2017 Bottle in ship causes a stir
A small bottle of whisky, recovered from the base of ex-HMAS Sydney IV’s mast during its scrapping in mid-June, has caused quite a stir in naval circles.  The Adelaide class frigate was towed to Western Australia in May to be recycled by Birdon Pty Ltd.  As news of Sydney’s fate reached former employees of Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, a comment on social media alerted those scrapping her to the presence of a small bottle of whisky builders had placed in the base of one of the legs of her mast.  More.....
05 Aug 2017 Carving history in her honour
In a small country town, an hour from Melbourne, American-born sculptor Richard Yates is making his mark on the Australian Navy’s new fleet of destroyers, hand carving the battle honour boards for the future HMA Ships Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney.  With a combination of angle grinders and hand-held rotary tools, Mr Yates spends more than 300 hours carving out the foundations of the boards, before finishing the boards with sandpaper, stain, paint and lacquer.  More.....
04 Aug 2017 A ship’s history – HMAS Bunbury II – submissions wanted
For more than a century there have been hundreds of ships and aircraft as well as many thousands of people who have served the Royal Australian Navy, but who keeps tabs on ships past and present, and collects the history for future generations?  A small group of dedicated staff at the Navy’s Sea Power Centre – Australia, in Canberra.  The Centre’s Director of Naval History, John Perryman, said the Navy has many stories worth telling.  More.....
03 Aug 2017 Teaming for operational training
HMAS Newcastle’s boarding party has trained with the United States Coast Guard during the ship’s first port visit while deployed in the Middle East.  Australian personnel completed a five-day course delivered by the Coast Guard at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain which was supported by Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents.  The training covered the latest in search techniques and the use of specialist search equipment, giving Newcastle’s boarding party the means to find any hidden cargo when boarding suspect vessels.  The NCIS training focused on investigation techniques and the collection of evidence.  More.....
01 Aug 2017 USS Nimitz starts ISIS strikes from the Persian Gulf
F/A-18 jets from the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz have started flying sorties from the Persian Gulf targeting ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria.  This is the first time the carrier and ships from its carrier strike group are supporting operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition fight against ISIS, since deploying from Naval Base Kitsap on June 1 this year.  More.....
01 Aug 2017 Microgrid construction begins at Garden Island
The Government welcomes the commencement of construction of an integrated solar and battery storage microgrid at HMAS Stirling, by Carnegie Clean Energy.  This facility, in conjunction with the desalination plant already built by Carnegie on the island, will supply power and water to the naval base.  More.....
31 Jul 2017 Policing the force in support of the mission
As part of a recruitment initiative to broaden the Naval Police workforce, Navy members will now be seeing Able Seamen on the beat.  Able Seaman Naval Police Coxswain Nichole Stephenson is fresh out of training after initially joining the Navy to be a Cryptographic Linguist.  She is one of four Able Seamen who are now part of the team that helps uphold the discipline of the Services.  More.....
30 Jul 2017 Gas turbine training full ahead
More often thought of as what powers aircraft traversing the skies, the gas turbine is also what gives many Australian Navy ships their get up and go.  For maintainers of those gas turbines, training is on the improve.  Gas turbines are used in Adelaide and Anzac class frigates, and in both Canberra class amphibious ships, but until recently, maintainers didn’t have a training environment ashore that was real-to-life.  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.