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  15 July
One-third of US military could be robotic by 2039: Milley
The 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff believes growing artificial intelligence and unmanned technology could lead to robotic military forces in the future.  “Ten to fifteen years from now, my guess is a third, maybe 25% to a third of the U.S. military will be robotic,” said retired Army Gen. Mark Milley at an Axios event Thursday launching the publication’s Future of Defense newsletter.  More.....
15 July
Logistics cell critical to the mission
Five ADF members are part of a multinational team of about 40 surface logistics personnel providing essential support to the 40 ships operating from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).  The logisticians are responsible for moving vital supplies from shore to ship and vice versa, including food, fuel, stores and ammunition.  More.....
12 July
Ready to fight and win at sea in digital age
In a pioneering effort to bolster international cyber defence, sailors and officers from Australia, Japan and the United States converged in Sydney for the inaugural Exercise Blue Spectrum.  The exercise was hosted by Commander Information Warfare Force Captain Catherine Gordon and marked the first activity within the Trilateral Maritime Information Warfare Working Group initiative.  More.....
12 July
South Korea pushes Australia on AUKUS and cyber cooperation as it eyes $10 billion warship prize
Almost a year after clinching a multi-billion-dollar contract to build Australian Army vehicles, South Korea is again promoting closer defence ties as it seeks to win another lucrative prize; to deliver Navy's new fleet of "general-purpose frigates".  Visiting South Korean Vice-Defence Minister Kim Seon-ho will hold talks with officials in Canberra today to discuss possible future cooperation on AUKUS Pillar 2 projects, while also pushing for more joint military exercises and cyber cooperation.  More.....
11 July
Middle East Area of Operations Commemoration a first step in bringing in RSLs' newest members
The ravages of the Middle East conflict still ring fresh in young veterans' minds.  Today marks three years since all Australian troops officially returned from Afghanistan, bringing the nation's longest participation in a foreign war to a close.  Many veterans of the conflict say they feel isolated when returning home, particularly those returning to regional Australia.  More.....
11 July
Chief of the Defence Force Change of Command Ceremony
General Angus J. Campbell, AO, DSC transferred Command of the Australian Defence Force to Admiral David Johnston, AC, RAN at a Ceremonial Parade at Russell Offices, Canberra on 10 July 2024.

11 July
Negligence, critical deficiencies brought Guardian Class stranding, Fiji Navy says
Poor situational awareness and decision making have been outlined as factors contributing to the stranding of Republic of Fiji Navy ship RFNS Puamau on a reef earlier this year.  Republic of Fiji Military Forces leadership recently released a ‘Board of inquiry findings for the grounding of the RFNS Puamau’ report regarding the Australian-donated Guardian Class patrol boat on July 10.  More.....
11 July
Italian Navy carrier making port visit in Darwin
The aircraft carrier Cavour, the Italian Navy’s flagship, and the frigate Alpino arrived in Darwin, Australia, on 9 July and stay until 5 August to participate in “Pitch Black 2024” air exercise, hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).  This large-scale exercise will include 20 other nations, including United States, United Kingdom, France and countries from the Indo-Pacific region.  During the stopover, ITS Cavour, at Kuru Wharf, HMAS Coonawarra naval base, will be open to visit on Sunday 21 July from 3:00PM to 7:00PM.  More.....
11 July
Navies march together in celebration
Hundreds of sailors and musicians from 10 nations came ashore in the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa for a combined parade, marking the 65th birthday of His Majesty King Tupou VI and 50th anniversary of the Tonga Royal Navy.  The Tongan formation led the parade, with crew members of Tonga’s two Australian-gifted Guardian-class patrol boats, sea cadets, the Tonga Royal Corps of Musicians and former serving members of the Tonga Royal Navy.  More.....
11 July
New commanding officer takes the helm at RIMPAC
Commander David ‘Billy’ Maddison is participating in RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime exercise, for the fourth time, but it’s his first in command of a Royal Australian Navy ship.  He recently assumed command of HMAS Sydney, one of three Hobart-class guided missile destroyers and one of Australia’s most lethal maritime capabilities.  “I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading 200 highly competent Australians through what will be a challenging test of our readiness and preparedness,” Commander Maddison said.  More.....
11 July

Lieutenant Commander George Gosse, GC (16 February 1912 – 31 December 1964) was an Australian recipient of the George Cross, the highest award for extraordinary acts of gallantry away from the field of battle that could be awarded to a member of the Australian armed forces at the time.  Gosse served in the Royal Australian Navy between 1926 and 1933, reaching the rank of Sub-Lieutenant and receiving training and experience with the British Royal Navy. 

In 1940, he joined the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RANVR) for service in World War II.  Quickly sent back to the United Kingdom, he served on several shore establishments before being sent to British India as a naval mine clearance specialist.  He returned to the UK in late 1944, and in April 1945 he was given command of a naval party responsible for mine clearance in the recently captured Bremen Harbour in Germany.  He displayed exceptional courage in defusing three mines under very difficult conditions between 8 and 19 May 1945, which resulted in him being awarded the George Cross.

Read all about this courageous sailor......
10 July
Still more to experience 20 years on
Lieutenant Commander Kimberley Healy is celebrating a significant personal milestone while deployed as part of the Sea Combat Command in Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor – 20 years in the Royal Australian Navy.  The anniversary coincided with Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), where Lieutenant Commander Healy is one of more than 300 Australians taking part in the biennial international military exercise scheduled by Commander US Pacific Fleet.  More.....
09 July
Multi-nation Tongan birthday celebration
Eleven ships, six bands and hundreds of sailors from 10 countries gathered in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, to celebrate the 65th birthday of the King of Tonga and the 50th anniversary the Tonga Royal Navy.  The Royal Australian Navy Band and HMAS Choules took part in the celebrations, which included a church service, International Fleet Review, street parade and several official receptions.  More.....
09 July
Australian Navy nuclear submarine engineers complete training with Royal Navy
The Royal Navy has helped lay the foundation for its Australian ally to acquire a nuclear-powered submarine capability, including through the country’s first UK-trained nuclear submarine engineers.  Three Royal Australian Navy officers graduated alongside their British counterparts after nine intensive months of training at HMS Sultan in Gosport.  Lieutenant Commander James, Lieutenant Isabella and Lieutenant Steve will now go on to serve in Astute-class submarines side-by-side with Royal Navy crews, adding practical experience to all they have learned on the Nuclear Operator Course.  More.....
07 July
Iranian Warship Sahand Capsizes And Sinks
One of Iran's most modern frigates, the Sahand, has capsized in Bandar Abbas. Recent upgrades may have made the ship more top-heavy.  The frigate was reported sunk in local media on July 7 2024.  She is seen rolled over onto her port (left) side with her bow higher than the stern.  Only the side of the hull and sonar dome appear above the water.  More.....
05 July
Olympic Torch visits Australian National Memorial in France
As part of its long journey around France, the Olympic Torch Relay has visited the Somme. Its first stop in the region was the Australian National Memorial and the Sir John Monash Centre near the village of Villers-Bretonneux.  More than 1,000 schoolchildren and other spectators lined the route from the village to the Sir John Monash Centre, as the Torch arrived at around 9am.  More.....
05 July
Tonga’s first female Navy officer trained in Australia
For Acting Sub-Lieutenant Ofeina Anisi, being the first female naval officer in Tonga’s military history is a blessing and a privilege.  She left her home in June 2022 to join New Entry Officers Course 67. She was no stranger to Australia, having completed five different courses during her time with the Tongan Army as an English and recruit trainer.  More.....
05 July
Dual-serving couples can now share leave
Dual-serving couples can now share their leave as part of the latest change under the ADF Leave Framework.  Introduced on July 1, 2023, the ADF Leave Framework introduced improved flexibility in how ADF personnel manage their leave, simplified leave types and increased basic recreational leave from 20 to 25 days per financial year.  Defence is now implementing the additional planned improvements outlined as part of the framework.  More.....
05 July
Pacific salute for partners at sea
One of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest ships, HMAS Choules, recently participated in training exercises with warships from the United Kingdom and Japan off the coast of Fiji.  The UK Royal Navy offshore patrol vessel HMS Tamar and Japan Maritime Self Defence Force frigate JS Noshiro joined Choules for cooperative activities, including officer-of-the-watch manoeuvres and cross-deck engagements.  More.....
04 July
Opinion piece - Cutting compo complexity will help reduce veteran suicide
The rate of veteran suicide is a national tragedy. It’s why we called for a royal commission.  Since 2021, the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide has been investigating the factors that have contributed to such an appalling loss of life.  The very first recommendation made by the royal commission in its interim report was for urgent action to simplify and harmonise veteran compensation and rehabilitation legislation.  More.....
04 July
Australian Government partners with Amazon Web Services to bolster national defence and security
The Australian Government will invest at least $2 billion over the next decade to bolster Australia’s cyber capabilities with the announcement of a strategic partnership between the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Australia to deliver a Top Secret (TS) Cloud for the Australian Government.  More.....
04 July
Chinese Ship Suspected of Raiding World War II Wrecks Detained
The Chinese dredger suspected of plundering two World War II Royal Navy shipwrecks last year has been detained by Malaysian maritime authorities.  MV Chuan Hong 68 and the entire crew is being held for paperwork violations including port clearances and having 60 unregistered LPG containers aboard and not illegal scavenging, according to a report in Maritime Executive.  More.....
03 July
New legislation to simplify and harmonise veteran compensation
The Government is simplifying and harmonising Australia’s veterans’ rehabilitation and compensation system – with new legislation introduced today.  Under the Veterans’ Entitlements, Treatment and Support (Simplification and Harmonisation) Bill 2024, all new compensation claims from 1 July 2026 will be dealt with under a single piece of legislation – an improved Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) – regardless of when or where the veteran served.  This is another important step in responding to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide’s Interim Report and is the result of significant community consultation.  More.....
03 July
Sizzling success in WA Hospitality Challenge
The aroma of smoky barbecue filled the air at Irwin Barracks Sergeants’ Mess last month, as cooks from 13th Brigade, Special Air Services Regiment (SASR), HMA Ships Stirling and Stuart went dish-to-dish in the third annual Western Australia Hospitality Challenge.  This year’s competition – with the theme, American barbecue – was won by SASR chefs, who impressed the judges with a feast of mouth-watering dishes.  More.....
02 July
Bombers test sea survival skills
The Bombers dove into training with Navy as Essendon Football Club’s AFL Women’s team conducted a maritime-style, pre-season training camp at HMAS Cerberus.  From June 21-23, physical training instructors and instructors from the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety put players from the Melbourne-based footy club through their paces.  The tailored program fostered resilience, trust and teamwork among players, in the lead-up to the 2024 AFLW season.  More.....
02 July
US crew makes waves in Sydney
More than 500 US Navy personnel arrived in Sydney on June 28, ready to explore the city’s iconic landmarks and participate in various community engagements.  The 198m-long submarine tender USS Emory S. Land berthed at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, for its third port visit in Australia, following visits to Darwin and Cairns.  The visit forms part of a Western Pacific deployment providing expeditionary maintenance and logistics support to US Navy and allied partner vessels in support of the US 7th Fleet – the US Navy’s largest forward deployed numbered fleet.  More.....
01 July
Sharing culture, sharing knowledge
Thirty-seven Royal Australian Navy (RAN) members began 2024 as keen volunteers on a personnel exchange program.  After spending five months in Guam, many of the volunteers are now on board United States submarine tender USS Emory S. Land. The ship recently arrived in Australia as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific.  The RAN personnel will continue to integrate with their US Navy counterparts to enhance their training, skills and experience in maintaining nuclear-powered submarines.  More.....
01 July
HMAS Choules embarks on Pacific deployment
HMAS Choules has delivered 14 Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles to Fiji as part of a month-long deployment in the Southwest Pacific, enhancing the ADF’s engagement with Fiji and Tonga. The delivery of the Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles and spare parts to Fiji by HMAS Choules will strengthen Fiji’s peacekeeping capability.  Later in the deployment, Choules will represent Australia at the 50th anniversary of the Tonga Royal Navy and His Majesty King Tupou VI’s 65th birthday celebrations.  More.....
01 July
RFA Argus heads to Australia for major multinational exercise involving Royal Marines
RFA Argus, the hospital ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, is on her way from Singapore to Australia to join a large-scale exercise taking place in the Northern Territory.  Exercise Predator's Run brings together personnel from several nations, and this year Royal Marines and Army Commandos from 40 Commando are taking part.  Planners and advance party elements have been in the Northern Territory for a few weeks, and the main body from 40 Commando arrived in Darwin last weekend.  More.....
01 July
Navy divers honour bomb disposal hero with new medals for his WW2 deeds
Royal Navy divers replaced the lost medals of a 100-year-old bomb disposal hero when he visited their base in Portsmouth.  Boyd Salmon is one of the last survivors of a small, elite team who cleared British and European shores of mines and unexploded bombs, shells and other ordnance.  All mine clearance/bomb disposal work is extremely hazardous, but the exploits of the Enemy Mining Section especially so – as they sought out the latest enemy devices and came up with ways of rendering them safe.  More.....
01 July
RIMPAC 2024 Kicks Off in Hawaii
The opening ceremony and press conference kicked off the 29th edition of the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the world's largest international maritime exercise, today.  Approximately 29 nations, 40 surface ships, three submarines, 14 national land forces, over 150 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will train and operate in and around the Hawaiian Islands during the exercise, which runs until 01 August.  More.....
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06 Jul
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07 Jul
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12 Jul
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