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16 Dec 2018 Rankin and her crew finally back home for Christmas
After nearly seven months away on deployment, the crew of HMAS Rankin has returned to Fleet Base West, to be met by the sight of familiar faces.  Arriving just in time for Christmas, the crew were welcomed by friends, family and representatives of the Submarine Force.  Rankin’s return to her home port comes after several busy months at sea, the highlight being her involvement in the multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 18.  More.....
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15 Dec 2018 HMAS Ballarat first patrol off to a strong start
HMAS Ballarat has completed a successful first patrol in the Middle East.  Over seven days, the Australian warship conducted joint operations with the United States Coast Guard and the Iraqi and Kuwaiti navies, and carried out almost 90 vessel boardings and approaches.  The Commanding Officer, Commander Paul Johnson, said spirits on board were justifiably high after the strong start to the nine-month deployment.  More.....
14 Dec 2018 Productivity Commission draft report into compensation and rehabilitation for veterans
MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Darren Chester today welcomed the Productivity Commission draft report of its inquiry into compensation and rehabilitation for veterans.  “The report reinforces a commitment to putting the wellbeing of veterans and their families first, it outlines the importance of a whole-of-life focus and it acknowledges the key role of families,” Mr Chester said.  More.....
14 Dec 2018 Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service
A new council for women and families is set to provide direct policy advice to the Federal Government.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today launched the Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service, and said it would provide a forum for women and families to have a direct voice into his office on issues for Defence Members and families.  More.....
14 Dec 2018 Navy’s future submarine class named
The Royal Australian Navy’s future submarines will be named the Attack class, with the first submarine being named HMAS Attack.  Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Noonan AO RAN, said the name ‘Attack’, represents the inherent stealth, long-range endurance and lethality of a submarine.  More.....
14 Dec 2018 Pacific Patrol Boat Nuship Ted Diro
13 Dec 2018 Navy Engineering Challenge 2018 - Marine Technician
12 Dec 2018 Thailand Hellfire Pass Centre tells important story
The refurbished Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre, originally built and funded by the Australian Government in collaboration with the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand, and now with important improvement works completed, was re-opened in Kanchanaburi in Thailand today.  More.....
12 Dec 2018 Navy Engineering Challenge 2018 - Aviation Technician
11 Dec 2018 The US Navy’s last stealth destroyer is in the water
Bath Iron Works has launched the U.S. Navy’s third and final Zumwalt-class destroyer amid a debate over the future of the ship, which fell victim to its enormous price tag and changing requirements.  The future destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson was launched Dec. 9 at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works, Maine, which happens when the dry-dock on which the ship rests is flooded until the ship is floating.  More.....
11 Dec 2018 HMS Queen Elizabeth returns from fighter jet trials
Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, sailed back into Portsmouth today, after successful completion of initial fast jet trials in America, marking a new era in UK Carrier Strike capability.  The 65,000-tonne carrier’s first transatlantic deployment, which began in August, saw her embark two F-35B Lightning II test aircraft, from the Integrated Test Force (ITF) based out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.  She also conducted an historic, week-long visit to New York.  More.....
11 Dec 2018 The five-domains update
Sea state

Amid rising tensions between Washington and Moscow, the US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell conducted a freedom-of-navigation exercise near the disputed Peter the Great Bay off Japan to challenge Russia’s ‘excessive maritime claims’ in the region.  The US also protested against Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait last month. Meanwhile, a senior Chinese air force officer has called for his country’s navy to block oar ram US ships in the South China Sea.  More.....
11 Dec 2018 Norwegian frigate sinking has far-reaching implications
In an incident that has attracted relatively little media attention in Australia, the modern 5,300-ton Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad sank in a Norwegian fjord after a collision with the large Maltese-registered oil tanker Sola TS.  It’s now clear what happened. In the early hours of 8 November, the Ingstad was proceeding at 17 knots along the Hjeltefjorden near the Sture oil terminal.  The Sola TS had just left the terminal fully laden and was proceeding at 7 knots.  The watch on the Ingstad, which had just changed, thought that the deck lights of the tanker were part of the well-lit terminal.  More.....
11 Dec 2018 Navy Engineering Challenge 2018 - Electronics Technician
10 Dec 2018

Naval Historical Society of Australia (Victorian Chapter)
President's December Musings are now available to download.....
10 Dec 2018 The new era of great-power competition
The first strategic priority for Australia in the Indo-Pacific is to manage great-power competition. And the central trend of that competition is the challenge to US dominance.  So says Australia’s defence minister.
Here’s Christopher Pyne describing the regional race:
10 Dec 2018 RAN Minehunters lead the pack in mine detection, identification and neutralisation
Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Minehunters HMA Ships Gascoyne and Huon have been commended by Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Captain Yasushi Noguchi, the Commanding Officer of Mine Warfare Division Three, for their excellent result in successfully finding all underwater mines in a designated exercise area in minimal time.  More.....
08 Dec 2018 Defence policy in an era of disruption
The editors of The Strategist are pleased to present this extract from the first issue of a new ASPI publication series, ‘The Strategist Selections’, released today.  Issue 1, ‘Kim Beazley on the US alliance and Australia’s defence and international security’, is a compilation of 24 posts written by Beazley between March 2016 and May 2018.  Reproduced below is the volume’s previously unpublished afterword.  More.....
07 Dec 2018 HMAS Ballarat completes first patrol
07 Dec 2018 Navy Industry Outplacement Program - Sikorsky Australia
06 Dec 2018 US destroyer makes Sea of Japan FONOP in challenge to Russia
US Navy destroyer USS McCampbell carried out a freedom of operation in the Sea of Japan on December 5, in a move that is seen as a challenge to Russian territorial claims in the region.  McCampbell sailed near the Peter the Great Bay which is claimed by Russia but not recognized as Russian territory by the US.  Russian claims to the area exceed the 12 miles off the country’s coastline which is guaranteed by international laws, according to US officials.  More.....
06 Dec 2018 Creating a modern workforce model for a contemporary Australian Defence Force
An innovative workforce model designed to meet the needs of a modern day defence force has commenced which aims to increase flexibility and capability of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).  Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the TWM offered ADF members a greater range of employment opportunities, retaining critical skills when members would have otherwise left the ADF.  More.....
05 Dec 2018 Government welcomes Mefloquine report
MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester today welcomed the report from the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee Inquiry into the use of the Quinoline anti-malarial drugs Mefloquine and Tafenoquine in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).  “The Government will carefully consider the recommendations of the Senate Inquiry Report and will provide a response in the new year,” Mr Chester said.  More.....
04 Dec 2018 Commodore Tony Partridge comments on personnel retention
04 Dec 2018 Deployed Ballarat crew able to video chat with home
Ship's Company onboard HMAS Ballarat, deployed on operations to the Middle East, have access to the very best communication with family and friends while they are away.  HMAS Ballarat departed Fleet Base West for Operation MANITOU with the latest Personal Wi-Fi Access (PWA) system fitted to an RAN ship.  The system is designed to improve the quality of life for those deployed for extended periods.  More than 180 users can connect at any time, with speeds up to eight times faster than the previous Internet Kiosk (IK) system.  The Ship’s Company now enjoys the ability to call or video chat when away from home via Voice Over the Internet Protocol (VOIP).  More.....
04 Dec 2018 The five-domains update
Sea state

Last week, the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation near the Paracel Islands to challenge China’s ‘excessive maritime claims’ in the South China Sea.  Guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale and oiler USNS Pecos also transited through the Taiwan Strait, to send a message to Beijing in the lead-up to the G20 summit in Argentina over the weekend.  Two weeks ago, China allowed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and three other US warships to dock at Hong Kong in an apparent goodwill gesture after refusing a similar request in September.  More.....
03 Dec 2018


Navy League of Australia(Vic-Tas Div)
December newsletter is now available to download..... 
03 Dec 2018 Ashes of former sailors committed to the sea they loved
HMAS Success took a solemn pause from a busy deployment to farewell two former members of the Royal Australian Navy. Ship’s company paid their respects at an ashes scattering ceremony commemorating the combined total of almost 50 years’ service of Chief Petty Officer David Pownall and Petty Officer Collin Sutherland.  “That former members wish to entrust this duty to us is a testimony to the impact their time in the Royal Australian Navy had on their lives and it is a privilege for us to take part in this ceremony”, said CO Success, Captain Darren Grogan.  More.....
01 Dec 2018 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
December issue.....
01 Dec 2018 HMAS Arunta back in the water after major upgrade
After more than a year out of the water as part of her Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade, HMAS Arunta has undocked at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia.  The upgrade, being implemented by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA), includes significant improvements to major platform systems such as the communications centre, and the replacement of the ship’s long range air search radar.  More.....
01 Dec 2018 Commodore Tony Partridge's response from Leading Seaman Forums
30 Nov 2018 Papua New Guinea receives first Guardian-class patrol boat
Australian shipbuilder Austal has delivered the first Guardian-class patrol boat to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.  The boat will be commissioned HMPNGS Ted Diro on return to PNG and is named after the first Commander of the PNG Defence Force post-independence.  It is the first of four boats scheduled for delivery to PNG.  More.....
29 Nov 2018 Japan mulls turning helicopter destroyer into F-35B carrier
Japan is considering turning one of its helicopter destroyers into a “multi-purpose aircraft carrier” as part of a review of the country’s National Defense Program Guidelines, Japan’s defense minister Takeshi Iwaya has confirmed.  Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the defense minister said the country is evaluating plans to convert one of its two Izumo-class helicopter destroyers into platforms capable of accommodating fighter jets.  More.....
28 Nov 2018 We can’t risk a strategic sham on Manus
Much has been written recently about the decision to redevelop the naval base at Lombrum on Manus Island.  Initially it was to be a joint Australia–PNG facility, but American vice president Mike Pence has announced that the US will partner with Australia and PNG on the redevelopment project.  More.....
28 Nov 2018 NVN's November 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.