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19 Mar 2019 Senior Australian soldier next Repatriation Commissioner
For the first time, a former Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army has been appointed as the new Repatriation Commissioner with outgoing Commissioner Major General Mark Kelly AO, DSC completing his appointment on 30 June this year.  Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester today announced Mr Don Spinks AM, who recently retired from the Australian Defence Force with almost 40 years' experience, had been appointed as the new Repatriation Commissioner and as a Member of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission for a period of five years from 1 July 2019.  More.....
19 Mar 2019 US Coast Guard joins North Korea sanctions enforcement in East China Sea
US Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf pulled into Sasebo, Japan, earlier this month after supporting the enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) sanctions on North Korea.  Bertholf was tasked with preventing illicit ship-to-ship transfers that violate North Korea sanctions.  More.....
19 Mar 2019 US Navy’s fifth Flight III Arleigh Burke destroyer named USS William Charette
The US Navy’s fifth Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will be named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient, Hospital Corpsman Master Chief William Charette, US Navy secretary Richard V. Spencer has announced.  Charette, a native of Ludington, Michigan, joined the Navy in 1951 and served in the Korean War in the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) as a hospital corpsman attached to Company F, Third Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.  More.....
19 Mar 2019 Japan commissions tenth Soryu-class submarine JS Shoryu
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force welcomed its tenth Soryu-class submarine into service in a delivery and commissioning ceremony in Kobe on March 18.  The submarine was delivered by Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries, sixteen months after it was launched in November 2017.  More.....
19 Mar 2019 Cerberus supports Navy vets in AIF swim
HMAS Cerberus recently answered the call when a request was made for two Navy swimmers to join a servicemen’s relay team at the 2019 Australian Imperial Forces National Swimming Carnival at Noble Park in Melbourne.  “It was a surprise when Captain Mike Oborn, the Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus, and Lieutenant Andrew Fenn, President & Coach of the Cerberus Swimming Club, volunteered to join us,” Navy veteran Ron Giveen said.
19 Mar 2019 First dual Replenishment At Sea for IPE19
19 Mar 2019 Creating stronger ties on IPE19
18 Mar 2019 West Head 60th celebrations go off with a bang
The gunfire paused on March 12 as staff, students and local community members gathered at West Head Gunnery Range in Flinders, Victoria, to celebrate 60 years of training weapons operators and maintainers for the Fleet.  First used by Australian Colonial Forces in the 1890s as a shore battery to deter a possible Russian invasion, the rugged cliff faces of West Head were then again used by the Australian Army during the Second World War.  More.....
16 Mar 2019 From CN:  Navy Group Commendation
We are proud to confirm that a Navy Group Commendation will be presented to all members of HMAS Westralia’s Ships’ Company who were serving on board during the fatal fire of 5 May 1998.

Four crew members died when fire erupted in the ship’s engine room. The Group Commendation recognises in a small way the heroic actions and the lasting impact that day had on all those on board.

A commemorative service will be held at HMAS Stirling, Fleet Base West on 5 May 2019 for those involved.

Chief of Navy Australia has written to the families of those who perished as well as to every member of the HMAS Westralia (II) crew on duty on 5 May 1998. If you have not received a letter, please email Navy Events via navy.events@defence.gov.au.

Lest we forget.
15 Mar 2019 Navy Band performs at St Andrews Cathedral
15 Mar 2019 Government commits $2.1 million to anti-malarial initiative
Funding has today been announced for a new $2.1 million initiative to support veterans who are concerned about having taken the anti-malarial drugs mefloquine or tafenoquine.  Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said this initiative will be implemented from 1 July 2019, and deliver a national program to concerned veterans with the option to receive a comprehensive health assessment to identify service-related illness, disease and injury.  More.....
14 Mar 2019 Scotland hosting 13 countries for tri-service drill Joint Warrior
Scotland is set to host 35 warships, 5 submarines and 59 aircraft and helicopters from 13 countries for this year’s edition of exercise Joint Warrior which is starting on March 30.  More than 10,000 military personnel from the UK’s Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and their allies will carry out two weeks of joint operations involving different forces and units and against a range of current and future threats.  More.....
14 Mar 2019 USS Zumwalt Arrives in British Columbia for Port Visit
The namesake of the U.S. Navy’s newest class of guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), arrived in Esquimalt, March 11.  “We are excited for this opportunity to visit Canada and further strengthen the close partnership between our navies and communities,” said Capt. Andrew Carlson, Zumwalt’s commanding officer.  “By working together with partners like the Royal Canadian Navy, we help ensure the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.”  More.....
14 Mar 2019 WWII aircraft carrier USS Wasp found in Coral Sea
The wreck of another historic WWII aircraft carrier has been found by the expedition crew aboard research vessel (R/V) Petrel who discovered wreckage of USS Wasp (CV 7) on January 14.  The ship was found in the Coral Sea, 4,200 meters (nearly 14,000 feet) below the surface.  USS Hornet, another sunken US Navy aircraft carrier, was discovered by the late Paul G. Allen’s research vessel earlier this year.  More.....
14 Mar 2019 Factsheet IS30 - Pension Rates, Limits and Allowances Summary
Purpose

This Factsheet provides the current rates and limits for:

Service Pension;
Age Pension;
Veteran Payment;
Income Support Supplement;
Disability Pension;
War Widow’s and Widower’s Pension; and
all associated allowances under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA).

Continuing reading at https://www.dva.gov.au/factsheet-is30-pension-rates-limits-and-allowances-summary
13 Mar 2019 US 7th Fleet flagship trains with Philippine Navy ahead of first visit to country in three years
Command and control ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), the US 7th Fleet flagship, arrived in Manila, the Philippines, on March 13, for the ship’s first port visit to the Philippines in three years.  The Blue Ridge and 7th Fleet team carried out a cooperative deployment with Philippine Navy (PN) frigate Davao Del Sur shortly before arriving in Manila.  More.....
13 Mar 2019 Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 launches in Western Australia
13 Mar 2019 Improvements recommended to Veterans’ Advocacy Services
A report on advocacy services for veterans and their families has identified a number of ways to simplify access to support and services.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the report of the Veterans’ Advocacy and Support Services Scoping Study, conducted by Mr Robert Cornall AO, was an important next step in the ongoing transformation of services for veterans and their families.  The report, which was released today, puts forward 12 recommendations providing a pathway forward on advocacy services. The Minister is seeking feedback from the community before acting on any of the recommendations.  More.....
12 Mar 2019 Thales UK sends first Collins-class replacement bow to Australia
Thales UK announced it has recently completed the first of six new replacement bow sonar arrays for the upgrade of the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarines.  The company says that the bow sonar array was delivered in time to meet the Royal Australian Navy’s accelerated upgrade of HMAS Waller currently taking place at ASC in Osborne.  More.....
12 Mar 2019 Royal Navy frigate rescues 27 from burning ship
Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll rescued 27 sailors from the Italian Con/Ro ship Grande America which caught fire in the Bay of Biscay on March 11.  The frigate was on her way home to Plymouth after nine months away in the Asia-Pacific region when she responded to a mayday during the night from the 28,000-tonne merchant ship about 150 miles southwest of Brest.  The ship’s cargo of containers and cars caught fire and the crew were fighting a losing battle against the flames and were abandoning ship.  More.....
12 Mar 2019 Veteran and Community Grants announced
Funding of more than $390,000 has today been announced under the latest round of the Veteran and Community Grants Program.  Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said the 33 grants from this round would directly benefit veterans and their families.  "The Government is putting veterans and their families first and provides more than $11.2 billion each year to deliver the essential services and programs they can rely on," Mr Chester said.  More.....
12 Mar 2019 Leeuwin and Diamantina start Vampire hunt off Sri Lankan coast
HMA Ships Leeuwin and Diamantina are on the hunt for the lost destroyer HMAS Vampire (I), 77 years after the Australian warship was sunk in battle.  The hydrographic survey ship and minehunter are sailing off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean to scour the seafloor for signs of Vampire, which was destroyed after enduring air attacks from Japanese forces on 9 April 1942.  More.....
12 Mar 2019 HMAS Success Freedom of Entry, Fremantle
12 Mar 2019 Submarine transition plan takes shape
The future submarine has achieved key milestones with the signing of the overarching strategic partnering agreement on 11 February and in quick succession the design contract on 5 March.  This is good news for the future submarine platform itself, but there have also been developments in the broader submarine transition picture.  More.....
11 Mar 2019 Royal Navy frigate arrives in Japan on three-year deployment to Middle East
Royal Navy’s Type 23 Frigate HMS Montrose arrived in Japan on March 8, becoming the fourth Royal Navy ship to visit the country in a year.  HMS Montrose pulled into Tokyo for a six-day stay at Harumi Wharf before starting exercises with Japan’s Maritime Self Defence Force and the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet.  More.....
11 Mar 2019 USS Zumwalt begins first operational underway
The lead ship of US Navy’s Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyers, the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), got underway from San Diego on March 8 to start its first operational underway.  The underway represents a milestone for the new class of ships, of which only three will be built.  Zumwalt’s crew recently completed a post-delivery maintenance availability designed to thoroughly evaluate the ship’s systems and equipment to include radars and engineering plant.  More.....
11 Mar 2019 Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 launches in Western Australia
Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC today launched Indo-Pacific Endeavour 19 (IPE 19), the third iteration of this activity, as it commenced with the departure of HMA Ships Canberra, Success, Newcastle, and Parramatta from Fremantle in Western Australia.  Attending the launch on behalf of the Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister Reynolds said she was pleased with the level of engagement planned with Australia’s Indian Ocean Region partners over the next three months.  More.....
09 Mar 2019 HMAS Ballarat drug interdiction
08 Mar 2019 HMS Protector encounters Bristol-sized iceberg
The Royal Navy’s Antarctic patrol ship encountered an iceberg the size of Bristol as she began her final scientific mission of the season.  HMS Protector came across the enormous mass of ice and snow – 11 miles long and five wide – as she returned to the frozen continent for the last time this winter – or summer as it is in the Southern Hemisphere.  More.....
08 Mar 2019 South Korea: HHI take over of DSME to create global shipbuilding giant
South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has signed a formal deal for the acquisition of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), thereby creating a global naval and commercial shipbuilding giant.  The deal was reported by the news agency Yonhap which said that the merger of the two South Korean shipbuilders would create an entity with a 20 percent share in the market.  More.....
08 Mar 2019 Commemorative Grants preserve our wartime heritage
AUSTRALIA’S wartime heritage will be preserved with the help of more than $245,000 in funding through the Saluting Their Service Major Commemorative Grants program.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the nine projects receiving funding would contribute to Australia’s understanding of its wartime heritage and honour the service and sacrifice of its servicemen and women.  More.....
08 Mar 2019 Former HMS Queen Elizabeth CO becomes Royal Navy’s new Fleet Commander
Several months after returning the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier from F-35B trials off the US coast, the ship’s commanding officer took up the new role of the Royal Navy Fleet Commander.  The March 5 ceremony took place in Portsmouth on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, which Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd commanded from May 2016 to December 2018.  Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd takes up the role from outgoing Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Ben Key who is to become the Chief of Joint Operations at PJHQ, Northwood.  More.....
08 Mar 2019 Definitely ‘More Powerful Together’ says Navy’s first female ship CO
Jenny Daetz joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1986, shortly after the decision was made to let women to serve at sea.  It was a brave new world. For the first time, women were allowed to join the Navy with their male counterparts, instead of having to join the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service.  For those first female trailblazers, the idea of commanding a Navy ship was a distant pipe dream. Many sailors and officers within the Navy’s ranks still believed that females had no place at sea.  More.....
08 Mar 2019 US Navy’s new subsonic aerial target reaches initial operational capability
BQM-177A, the US Navy’s next-generation subsonic aerial target (SSAT) has reached initial operational capability (IOC) and is now ready to begin land-based operations in Point Mugu, California.  When it reaches full operational capability, it will conduct both land and ship-based operations.  The BQM-177A provides realistic threat representation for developmental and operational testing of major DoD and international weapon systems.  More.....
07 Mar 2019 Anzac Day mail-out helps educate future generations
Starting this week, thousands of schools, libraries, ex-service and other organisations will receive a package of educational resources in an Anzac Day mail-out to educate Australians about the different aspects of wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said Anzac Day was one of the most important commemorative dates in the Australian calendar, and that it provided an important opportunity to educate a range of audiences about the different aspects of wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.  More.....
07 Mar 2019 OCEAN EXPLORER Task Group forms up in Geographe Bay
Residents of Western Australia’s Geographe Bay were greeted with an impressive sight as a task group of five ships taking part in Navy’s Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019 formed up in the bay to conduct briefings and preparations for the next phase of the exercise.  Gracing the waters off Busselton was Navy’s flagship, HMAS Canberra, along with ‘battle tanker’ HMAS Success and frigates HMA Ships Newcastle, Parramatta and Stuart, as well as landing craft, seaboats and helicopters from the fleet of warships.  More.....
07 Mar 2019 Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Single Treatment Pathway) Bill 2019
On 14 February 2019 the Bill was introduced in the House of Representatives.  The Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Single Treatment Pathway) Bill 2019 amends the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to simplify treatment pathways for medical treatment.  The amendments replaced the current dual treatment pathway model with a single treatment pathway model.  More.....
07 Mar 2019 Australia needs a real debate on a national security strategy
In a series of contributions to The Strategist over the past few months, Senator Jim Molan has been making the case for Australia to develop a national security strategy. It’s a notion that has merit.  As Molan notes, ‘there’s only limited consensus on the main security challenges we will face in the years to come’.  This a highly contested policy area and even the process of debating the purpose, horizon and value of such a document would be an important exercise.  More.....
07 Mar 2019 Public hearings for the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal review of recognition for Edward 'Teddy' Sheean
RECOGNITION for the late Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean will be reviewed by the independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal in Hobart later this month.  The review follows an application by Tasmanian Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Guy Barnett MP, who is seeking a Victoria Cross to recognise Ordinary Seaman Sheean’s actions during the sinking of HMAS Armidale during the Second World War.  More.....
07 Mar 2019 Search for lost Australian WWII destroyer to begin off Sri Lanka
One of the remaining maritime mysteries of World War II may soon be solved, thanks to a joint operation between the Royal Australian Navy and the Sri Lankan Navy.  Nine sailors died when the destroyer HMAS Vampire sank after enduring an intensive Japanese air attack off the Sri Lankan coast.  The Vampire had been attempting to protect the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Hermes on 9 April 1942.  Commander of Australia’s Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead said the ship’s precise location had never been confirmed but that a new lead had recently emerged.  More.....
06 Mar 2019

Navy League of Australia(Vic-Tas Div)
March newsletter is now available to download..... 
This month's newsletter includes Director General Submarines Commodore Tim Brown's 19th Creswell Oration.
06 Mar 2019 Recognition of families left behind
One of the priorities of the newly established Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service will be to consider a request from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester to identify an appropriate form of recognition for the families of service personnel who are killed or wounded in action and service.  “It is important to honour the Australians who mourn those killed or injured in the service of their nation,” Mr Chester said.  More.....
04 Mar 2019 DISCONTINUATIONOF THE USE OF THE RANR POST-NOMINAL W3N WBA
1. AS WE REFORM AND GROW OUR WORKFORCE UNDER PLAN PELORUS 2022, I
HAVE DECIDED THAT THE RANR POST-NOMINAL TO DISTINGUISH RESERVE
OFFICERS FROM OTHERS IS NOW REDUNDANT.  HENCEFORTH, SERVING AND
RETIRED RESERVE OFFICERS ARE TO ADOPT THE POST-NOMINAL RAN AND RAN
(RTD) RESPECTIVELY.  More.....
04 Mar 2019 Perth (I) survivor’s ashes committed to sea as three navies commemorate Battle of Sunda Strait
Officers and sailors from HMA Ships Diamantina and Leeuwin were joined by their counterparts from Indonesia and the United States to mark the 77th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Perth (I) and the USS Houston during the Battle of Sunda Strait.  The service aboard the Indonesian patrol corvette KRI Usman Harun was held off the coast of Java over the wrecks of both ships, which were sunk by Japanese forces in the early hours of 1 March 1942.  More.....
01 Mar 2019 Funding Announced to Support Younger Veterans
MORE than $1 million worth of grants have been provided to organisations supporting the needs of younger veterans and their families.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the grants, under the Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) program, would assist with mental health training for veterans including a train-the-trainer qualification and an establishment of a Best Practice Framework for Peer Led Younger Veteran Wellbeing Programs.  More.....
01 Mar 2019 Semaphore 02/2019
Australian Naval Anniversaries and Commemorations

by John Perryman
During the last four years the Royal Australian Navy has been commemorating significant 100th anniversaries in connection with the centenary of the First World War.  It was a war that saw many Australian seamen leave their homeland in late 1914 and not return until mid 1919 following the end of hostilities and the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet.  More.....
01 Mar 2019 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
March issue.....
27 Feb 2019 NVN's February Newsletter - download.....
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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.