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19 Aug 2018 Feds indict three more in ongoing Fat Leonard scandal
A federal grand jury in San Diego on Friday charged three retired sailors — a captain and two senior enlisted enlisted personnel — in the ongoing Fat Leonard corruption scandal.  Unsealed indictments allege that Capt. David Williams Haas, 50, took at least $145,000 in bribes from Leonard “Fat Leonard” Francis, the Malaysian tycoon and defense contractor who since his late 2013 arrest in a San Diego sting has ratted out a string of corrupt sailors who steered ships to his port services.  Prosecutors have charged 32 defendants and 20 have pleaded guilty to public corruption charges over the past five years.  More.....
19 Aug 2018 ADF rescues four seriously injured people in Solomon Islands
The Australian Defence Force’s Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group (IPE18) has assisted the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force in rescuing four seriously injured people after a violent incident occurred in an outlying part of the country.  The incident occurred on Bellona Island, about 200 kilometres south of the Solomon Island’s capital Honiara.  It is understood a seven year old girl died as a result of the attack last night (Friday).  Commander of IPE18, Captain Jim Hutton, said the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force requested assistance from the Joint Task Group through the Australian High Commission.  More.....
19 Aug 2018 Unit Citation for Gallantry awarded to RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam
The contribution of 196 Royal Australian Navy members as part of a combined Australian and United States helicopter unit during the Vietnam War has been recognised at a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.  The helicopter pilots, gunners, aircrew and support staff were part of Helicopter Flight Vietnam, integrated with the US Army's 135th Assault Helicopter Company (AHC) flying helicopters in both utility and gunship configurations.  They transported around 250,000 troops per year into and out of battle over a four year period.  More.....
18 Aug 2018 Vice Admiral Mike Noonan on Navy and the Region
18 Aug 2018 Vice Admiral Mike Noonan on leadership in the Royal Australian Navy
18 Aug 2018 Vice Admiral Mike Noonan shares his advice for sailors in Royal Australian Navy
18 Aug 2018 The Formation of the Royal Australian Navy
18 Aug 2018 Female US Navy vet, other women, take on politics
A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar’s arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around.  But nine years after being shot down in Afghanistan, then winning a lawsuit against the federal government, writing a book and now running for a Texas congressional seat, Hegar isn't hiding much anymore.  Hegar is part of a crop of female veterans running for Congress in this year's midterm elections.  More.....
18 Aug 2018 Victorian RSL Annual State Remembrance Service - Springvale
This advice is issued to enable Unit Associations and other Ex-service Organisations to circulate details of the 2018 RSL Annual State Remembrance Service to their members through their Unit Association newsletters and other publications.
The Service details are as follows:
Date of Service:  Sunday 4th November, 2018
Commencing:  1:00pm
Location:  Springvale War Cemetery, within the grounds of the Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Princes Highway, Springvale
Duration:  Approximately one and a half hours.
Full details.....
18 Aug 2018 UK restarts frigate competition - but will anyone take part?
Britain’s Ministry of Defence is restarting its contest to build five general purpose frigates for the Royal Navy after it terminated the original competition due to insufficient interest from industry.  The Defence Equipment & Support organisation, the MoD’s procurement arm, has issued a “prior information notice” informing potential bidders it is moving forward with the Type 31e program, and plans a short period of market engagement with companies or consortia that have expressed interest starting on Aug 20.  More.....
17 Aug 2018 Retired admiral, Navy SEAL compares President Trump’s actions to McCarthy-era witch hunts
An outspoken retired Navy admiral, who oversaw the Navy SEAL raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, has issued a fiery open letter to President Donald Trump over his revoking the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, comparing his tactics to those who led communist witch hunts in the 1950s.  William H. McRaven, commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, published his letter on the Washington Post website today, requesting that Trump also revoke his security clearance, “so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.”  More.....
16 Aug 2018 HMAS Cerberus changes command in style
Captain Tim Standen has handed over command of HMAS Cerberus to Captain Michael Oborn during a Clear Lower Deck with the ship’s company.  In line with Chief of Navy’s focus on training, Captain Standen will now take on the sole role of Director Training Authority-Engineering; a position he has, until now, been fulfilling on top of the role of Commanding Officer Cerberus.  Although Captain Standen has found the role of Commanding Officer to be a rewarding challenge, he says he is looking forward to focusing his efforts on shaping Navy’s future engineering training.  More.....
15 Aug 2018 Blue Angels finally transiting to Super Hornets
The US Navy’s Blue Angels, the famous flight demonstration squadron, are set to receive a new squadron of Super Hornet aircraft following a defense department contract announcement on August 13.  The Super Hornets, nine F/A-18E and two F/A-18F, are scheduled to replace the F/A-18C/D Hornets currently flown by the Blue Angels.  Super Hornets will first have to be retrofitted into a Blue Angel configuration. This work will be carried out by Boeing under a $17 million contract.  More.....
15 Aug 2018 US Navy gets funds for 13 new vessels under 2019 defense bill
US president Donald J. Trump has signed a $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act under which the US Navy would get funds for a total of 13 new vessels.  Signed by the president at a ceremony at Fort Drum, New York, August 13, the NDAA includes funds for three littoral combat ships, a fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier, a Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, and six icebreakers.  More.....
15 Aug 2018 Indo-Pacific Endeavour 18 resumes
15 Aug 2018 73 years since Victory in the Pacific
Today Australia acknowledges Victory in the Pacific Day, commemorating 73 years since the end of the Second World War. While Victory in Europe was declared in May 1945, fighting in the Pacific region continued until August 1945. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said Victory in the Pacific Day marks the anniversary of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allies after more than three years of war. “During the Second World War almost 40,000 Australians lost their lives, including more than 17,000 in the war against Japan — some 8,000 of these died in Japanese captivity,” Mr Chester said.  More.....
14 Aug 2018 Australian Medical team in Kabul
14 Aug 2018 New Defence childcare contract announced
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester today announced that, following a competitive tender process, One Tree Community Services has been selected as a new contract provider for the Defence Childcare Program.  “One Tree Community Services, a national not-for-profit organisation, has 45 years’ experience delivering childhood education and care in the community,” Mr Chester said.  “I am pleased that One Tree Community Services is joining the Defence Childcare Program family - an initiative that provides support to Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families in many regions across the country.”  More.....
14 Aug 2018 IPE18 resumes following RIMPAC success
Following the successful conclusion of Exercise Rim of the Pacific, the Australian Defence Force has resumed its major maritime activity, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE18).  Continuing the effort to deepen Australia’s defence engagement and security partnerships in the south west Pacific, HMA Ships Adelaide and Toowoomba – along with a platoon of Australian soldiers from 2RAR (2nd Battalion Royal Australia Regiment) – and US Marines are on their way to the Solomon Islands’ capital, Honiara.  Replenishment ship HMAS Success will visit Rabaul in Papua New Guinea.  More.....
13 Aug 2018 Military skills enlisted to help defend Australia's welfare system
The Department of Human Services is partnering with a key veterans' employment agency to help give Australia's former service men and women much needed opportunities to re-skill for civilian life.  Up to 36 veterans will be engaged by the Department, over the next three years, to train and work within its Cyber Security Branch which defends the welfare system against the very real threat of online attacks.  The recruits have all been hand-picked by training provider WithYouWithMe, as part of its "Talent Unleashed" program, which assists former Navy, Army and Air Force personnel to transition into new careers.  More.....
13 Aug 2018 Shifting the ‘gender agenda’ debate
On 31 July, the minister for women, Kelly O’Dwyer, presented the third progress report to parliament on the Australian national action plan on women, peace and security 2012–2018 (NAP).  As you’d expect, the government report paints a positive picture of various efforts that have been undertaken in the two-year reporting period (1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017):  women’s participation in the ADF has increased modestly, the value of gender expertise has been recognised in some key policy documents such as the 2016 defence white paper, and most Australians deploying on operations are now receiving training on women, peace and security (WPS).  More.....
13 Aug 2018 Austal to build six 80-meter OPVs for the Philippine Navy
Australian shipbuilder Austal will be delivering six offshore patrol vessels for the Philippine Navy, the company confirmed on August 13.  The confirmation follows Philippine media reports from August 11, which said the Defence Secretary of the Philippines government, Delfin Lorenzana, announced that the Australian company would be delivering the vessels from its shipyard in Cebu.  More.....
13 Aug 2018 Diamond jubilee for Father and Son
A milestone of combined seventy five years of Service was recognised in a presentation of awards for a serving father and son by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, last week.  Warrant Officer Martin Grogan, OAM, who currently manages the HMAS Cerberus museum, was awarded his second Federation Star for 45 years of Service.  His son, Captain Sea Training, Captain Darren Grogan, CSM, RAN, received his third clasp for the Defence Long Service Medal during the same presentation.  More.....
12 Aug 2018 Stirling chefs wow cooking comp judges
A team of Navy chefs from HMAS Stirling has made it to the finals of a national cooking competition.  The Nestlé/Broadspectrum Cooking for the Masses competition is open to chefs from Broadspectrum, Compass and the Australian Defence Force.  Teams are required to submit an original recipe and, if their application is accepted, are required to create the dish which is then put to a panel of judges.  In making it to the finals, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics – Chef Kahlie Hinds and ABML-C Matthew Lonie were required to pull out all the stops to impress the judges.  More.....
10 Aug 2018 Royal Navy frigate wraps up seven-month Asia Pacific deployment
Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland returned to her homeport at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport on August 10, concluding a seven-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific.  Sutherland and her crew got underway on January 9, becoming the first Royal Navy vessel to operate in Asia Pacific in recent years.  On her final stop en route home, Sutherland took an opportunity to embark Parents and Children (PACAS) in Gibraltar to enable them to see what their sons or fathers do and experience life at sea.  More.....
10 Aug 2018 Navy continues training contract with ASC
The Department of Defence has re-engaged ASC Pty Ltd to continue to deliver Royal Australian Navy’s training services for the Collins class submarine program.  Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the contract ensures all submarine crews will have the skills and knowledge to operate the Collins Class submarines safely and effectively.  More.....
10 Aug 2018 Ex-HMAS Darwin to become a Tasmanian dive wreck
After long and distinguished service in the Royal Australian Navy, the decommissioned Adelaide class frigate, ex-HMAS Darwin, will receive a new lease on life as a dive wreck in the waters off Tasmania, enabling the ship’s rich history to continue for future generations.  Making the announcement at Fleet Base East today, Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, said she was pleased that the decommissioned frigate would call Tasmania home after sailing over 1 million nautical miles during her 33 years of service.  More.....
09 Aug 2018 War on barnacles
The term underwater warfare conjures images of submarines launching torpedoes as destroyers drop deadly depth charges.  But there’s another intractable and silent battle being waged beneath the waves.  While not as potentially lethal for ships and crews, the attacks are relentless and costly – both for the Navy and for Australia’s marine environment.  The enemy is marine animal and plant life that attaches itself to the hulls and propellers of ships.  This build-up is called fouling.  If left unchecked it can double the amount of fuel a ship needs to sustain operational speeds because of the increased friction, which inevitably slows the vessel, increasing its consumption of fuel.  More.....
08 Aug 2018 UK destroyer escorts Russian cruiser-destroyer duo through the Channel
Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond escorted two Russian warships as they passed through the English Channel on Tuesday.  The destroyer sailed from Dover to monitor the Russian destroyer Severomorsk and cruiser Marshal Ustinov as they sailed from their Severomorsk homeport for operations in the North Atlantic.  HMS Diamond has spent the last month undertaking various duties around the UK as one of the Royal Navy’s high readiness escort ships. She is at 24 hours’ notice to react to any incident or tasking in or around British waters.  More.....
08 Aug 2018 NY Naval Militia commissions new landing-craft style patrol boat
The New York Naval Militia welcomed a new 35-foot long, landing-craft style boat-into its fleet of patrol boats on Tuesday, August 7.  The “LC-350” – LC for “landing craft” and 350 for the length of the boat – was accepted into service during a short ceremony at Albany’s Jennings Landing park on the Hudson River.  The boat can deliver three tons of emergency supplies, a vehicle, or 27 personnel to beaches or shorelines along Long Island or the Hudson River during flooding or other emergency situations.  More.....
08 Aug 2018 HMAS Leeuwin shows off hydrographic skills in Indonesia
Royal Australian Navy’s hydrographic survey ship HMAS Leeuwin showed off its skills following a port visit to Jakarta, Indonesia.  During a five-day passage from Indonesia to Port Klang, Malaysia, the crew were joined by six members of the Indonesian Navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic organization.  The aim of the sea ride was to further develop the relationships that had been established during Leeuwin’s port visit to Jakarta.  More.....
07 Aug 2018 BAE Systems, Cammell Laird launch Leander frigate website
BAE Systems and Cammell Laird have launched a new website for the Leander frigate design they are pitching for the Royal Navy’s Type 31 frigates.  The website is a result of a partnership between Cammell Laird as shipbuilder and BAE Systems as designer.  The site was launched August 6, despite the fact that the Type 31 competition was brought to a halt last month due to what was termed as a lack of “compliant bids”.  More.....
05 Aug 2018 How underwater drones will change the Navy’s sub game
Standing at the forefront of game-changing innovations in undersea warfare, Navy Cmdr.  Scott Smith has only one small request. Don’t call the Navy’s fleet of unmanned undersea vehicles “drones.”  “It has a negative connotation,” Smith said.  “We think of drone strikes as taking out Taliban, and we’re nowhere near that.”  Not yet, anyway.  But the Pentagon is trying quickly to get there.  More.....
04 Aug 2018 One final salute for an old sailor
CO NHQ-SA, CMDR Andrew Burnett attended Rose Court Residential Aged Care Home in Adelaide recently to present the Unit Citation for Gallantry (UCG) to Jeffrey McIntyre, a former member of the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANHFV).  Jeff was a member of the RANHFV October 1967 to October 1968.  The presentation was made in front of family and friends in Jeff’s private room.
Sadly, Jeff passed away four days after the presentation.  More.....
04 Aug 2018
Navy League of Australia(Vic-Tas Div)
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03 Aug 2018 Eventful Rim of the Pacific 2018 comes to a close
The US Navy-hosted international maritime exercise Rim of the Pacific concluded August 2 after 30 days of exercises and manoeuvres in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.  A total of 25 nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in the 26th edition of RIMPAC.  More.....
03 Aug 2018 ADF successfully completes Exercise RIMPAC 2018
More than 1,600 members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) have successfully completed Exercise RIMPAC 2018, the world’s largest multinational maritime exercise.  Exercise RIMPAC 2018 culminated this week in a major multi-national amphibious landing activity, following four weeks of gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air-defence exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, and mine clearance operations.  Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne said Exercise RIMPAC 2018 had tested and proven the ADF’s capabilities and improved its interoperability with partner nations.  More.....
02 Aug 2018 In a first, Chinese PLA Navy ship to join Australian biennial drill Kakadu
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy will be sending a warship to Australian waters where it will take part for the first time in the international, biennial exercise Kakadu.  Australia has invited China to join the drill in an effort to ease tensions between the two countries, intensified by China’s growing assertiveness in the South China and East China Seas and sporadic altercations at sea between the two sides.  China accused Australia of spying its naval manoeuvres in 2017 while reports earlier this year said Australian ships were “challenged” by the Chinese as they sailed to Vietnam for a port visit.  More.....
02 Aug 2018 HMAS Adelaide Air Operations during RIMPAC
02 Aug 2018 Australian Cape-class patrol vessel in 600-kilo cocaine bust
The first of two Australian Navy Cape-class patrol boats – ADV Cape Fourcroy – helped seize approximately 600 kilograms of cocaine and arrest two men in an operation on August 1.  The operation was headed by the Queensland Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (QJOCTF) in collaboration with Maritime Border Command (MBC) – a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force (ABF) tasked to conduct civil maritime security operations in Australian waters.  More.....
01 Aug 2018 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
August issue.....
01 Aug 2018 Remembering Tony Bullimore
The Royal Australian Navy has paid tribute to solo sailor Tony Bullimore, who has passed away aged 79.  A well-known entrepreneur and sailing enthusiast from Bristol, UK, Mr Bullimore made world headlines after surviving for several days after his boat capsized during a solo round-the-world yacht race in 1997, before being rescued by the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Adelaide (II).  News of his rescue and imagery of a delighted Mr Bullimore hugging his Navy rescuers was beamed across the globe.  More.....
01 Aug 2018 Amphibious assault marks end of Exercise RIMPAC
31 Jul 2018 Explosive Ordnance Disposal on Exercise RIMPAC
31 Jul 2018 Mighty MRH-90s support Exercise RIMPAC
HMAS Adelaide’s ongoing deployment in the Pacific is providing wider benefits as the ship’s two embarked helicopters carry airlift capabilities over the horizon.  The MRH-90 aircraft have been providing personnel transport, aerial survey and stores transfer services between other ships during Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 (RIMPAC), proving their usefulness and functionality.  More.....
30 Jul 2018 US Navy dolphins hone mine clearance skills during RIMPAC
Bottlenose dolphins from the US Navy’s Marine Mammal Systems Program (MMSP) took part in dynamic mine countermeasure (MCM) training during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in Southern California.  The dolphins are based at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific on Naval Base Point Loma in Southern California and designated as “Mark 7 Marine Mammal System (MMS).”  The mine countermeasure training in SOCAL saw the dolphins directed by program trainers to seek out and mark simulated mines.  More.....
30 Jul 2018 HMAS Toowoomba assists stricken yacht during RIMPAC
HMAS Toowoomba was temporarily diverted from large-scale war games last weekend to assist in a real emergency off the coast of Hawaii.  The ship was participating in the final maritime warfare phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2018 in waters off the island of Oahu, when she received a distress call via the United States Coast Guard from a stricken yacht with a broken mast.  More.....
30 Jul 2018 DVA online services are joining myGov
As part of our program to modernise and streamline services, DVA has joined all its online services to myGov to expand self-service to enable veterans and their families to access DVA services online.  Supported by the myGov platform, MyService is being improved to become DVA’s online channel providing a simpler and faster way for veterans and their families to interact with DVA online.  For the first time, families and students receiving support through the Education Schemes can now also submit claims and lodge supporting documents online.  More.....
28 Jul 2018 RIMPAC 2018: CGTN’s Nathan King got to experience it up close with the Royal Australian Navy.
28 Jul 2018 New Practitioner Support Service to assist in veteran mental health treatment
Veterans in rural and remote areas will have improved access to mental health experts through a Federal Government initiative.  A new Practitioner Support Service (PSS) that will provide expert advice and consultation to doctors and agencies around Australia who are supporting and treating veterans with mental health issues, was launched today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester.  More.....
28 Jul 2018 Supporting younger veterans grant applications now open
One million dollars’ worth of grants are available to assist younger veterans establish themselves into civilian life, and manage the challenges and opportunities that their ADF service presents.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the Supporting Younger Veterans (SYV) grants program is now open for applications for the 2018–19 financial year to provide further assistance to younger veterans.  More.....
28 Jul 2018 HMAS Toowoomba’s Firepower on Show
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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.