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  04 December
How to stop any repeat of the Australia-China sonar incident
A regional deal to close a loophole relating to the use of sonar in international law could be a good place to start.  Soviet warships regularly sparred with Western navies during the Cold War years, conducting close-in ship-to-ship manoeuvres and pointing lasers against their foreign opponents at sea.  China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy have gone one “better” – resorting to what Markus Garlauskas and Philip Yu, writing for the New Atlanticist, called “acoustic aggression” after last month directing active sonar pulses at navy divers working underwater from Australia’s ship HMAS Toowoomba.  More.....
04 December
Ships face attack in Red Sea as US warship fires in self defense
Commercial ships came under attack Sunday by drones and missiles in the Red Sea and a U.S. warship there opened fire in self-defense as part of an hourslong assault claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, officials said.  The attack potentially marked a major escalation in a series of maritime attacks in the Mideast linked to the Israel-Hamas war as multiple vessels found themselves in the crosshairs of a single Houthi assault for the first time in the conflict.  More.....
03 December
Enhanced Submarine Tracking: US, UK, and Australia’s AI Collaboration
In a significant development, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia have announced their collaboration to implement an artificial intelligence (AI) system to enhance the tracking of Chinese submarines in the Pacific.  This initiative, emerging from the Aukus Pillar II agreement, represents a strategic move to counter China’s rapidly expanding military capabilities.  The core of this collaboration involves using AI algorithms to process sonar data, a task undertaken by crews operating the US Navy’s premier maritime surveillance and attack aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon.  More.....
02 December
New Defence space capability boosts regional security
The Australian Government has entered into an agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom to further advance Australia’s defence space capabilities.  At the second AUKUS Defence Ministers’ Meeting in California, Ministers spoke about accelerating capabilities that provide all three partners with timely and reliable information in contested environments.  As part of this, Australia, the United States and United Kingdom will collaborate on the Deep-space Advanced Radar Capability.  More.....
01 December
Growing number of senior officers in 'top-heavy' Australian Defence Force despite falling overall personnel numbers
New research reveals the ranks of senior officers in the Australian military has almost doubled over the past twenty years, despite a steady decline in overall numbers of enlisted defence personnel.  Analysis prepared by the Parliamentary Library confirms the number of "star-ranked" officers in the Australian Defence Force now totals 219, up from 119 in 2003.  The figures, confirm that for every senior Australian Defence Force (ADF) officer, there is just 260 other lower ranked officers or regular personnel serving below them.  More.....
01 December
‘Don’t you dare’: South Australian govt’s decision to remove ANZAC Day slammed
The South Australian government has removed the name Anzac Day and replaced it with ‘25 April’ a day “fixed as a public holiday”.  Sky News host Erin Molan says “little innocuous actions” that seemingly don’t matter, actually do.

01 December
First US submarine repairs in Australia scheduled for summer
The U.S. Navy will conduct its first submarine maintenance work in Australia next summer using the sub tender Emory S. Land, with 30 Australian sailors embarked to learn how to repair the Virginia class of submarine.  This will be an early step in establishing a nuclear-powered attack submarine maintenance capability at the HMAS Stirling naval base in Western Australia in the next few years as part of the trilateral AUKUS arrangement.  U.S. Navy Undersecretary Erik Raven said the service has already taken a number of steps since the March announcement of the AUKUS “optimal pathway,” which lays out three phases:  More.....
01 December
Applications for Veteran Wellbeing Grants now open!
Ex-service organisations (ESOs) and the community groups they support can now apply for funding opportunities under the Veteran Wellbeing Grants (VWG) program.  The VWG program funds sustainable community-based projects and activities provided by eligible ESOs to benefit the health and wellbeing of veterans and families.  The 2023–2024 round has $3.777 million in Government funding available for projects and activities that aim to:  More.....
01 December
Partnerships strengthened in the Philippines
The Philippines and Australia share a longstanding and deep defence relationship – working side by side for more than 70 years.  This relationship was reinforced recently, as the two countries conducted the first bilateral maritime cooperative activity to enhance maritime domain awareness and regional security in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines from November 25-27.  The activity included Philippine Navy vessels BRP Gregorio del Pilar and BRP Davao Del Sur, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Toowoomba, five Philippine Air Force aircraft and a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft.  More.....
01 December
Australia’s Hunter-class frigate program hits a milestone
BAE Systems’ Hunter Class Frigate Program has successfully completed its Preliminary Design Review (PDR).  The review, which started in July, is a technical assessment that ensures the design is operationally effective and underpins the more detailed work that will now be undertaken.  More than 1,800 people are now working on the Hunter program. Companies from across Australia are working with BAE Systems to support the manufacture of the first batch of three Hunter class frigates.  More.....
01 December
Indo-Pacific Endeavour strengthens regional partnerships
Australia’s flagship regional activity, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 23, has concluded after engaging 14 countries over four months delivering stronger regional friendships and partnerships.  IPE23 reinforces Australia’s commitment to a peaceful, secure and prosperous region. Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Thailand, Vietnam.

01 December
New legislation to unlock billions of dollars for AUKUS industry partners
The Government will unlock billions of dollars in investment and cut red tape for Australian Defence industry and our AUKUS partners, with the introduction of the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2023.  Under the legislation introduced today, Australia’s existing trade controls will be expanded to regulate the supply of controlled items and provision of services on the Defence and Strategic Goods List, ensuring our cutting-edge military technologies are protected.  More.....
01 December
Launch of Defence family and domestic violence prevention and response strategy
The government has released the Defence Strategy for Preventing and Responding to Family and Domestic Violence 2023–2028.  Family and domestic violence is incompatible with Defence’s values and behaviours of service, courage, respect, integrity and excellence, and to include and value others.  Australian Defence values are about having the courage and integrity to do what is needed, to do what is right.  More.....
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