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30 June
ADF joins world's largest international maritime exercise
Approximately 1600 Australian Defence Force personnel have joined 26 international partners to undertake the world’s largest international maritime exercise.  The ADF contribution is substantial and includes HMA Ships Canberra, Supply and Warramunga, P-8A Poseidon aircraft, a submarine, mine warfare and clearance diving capabilities, and a Joint Landing Force led by the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment accompanied by personnel and capabilities from across Australian Army units.  More.....
30 June
Four former Navy officers convicted in ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery trial
Four of five former Navy officers were convicted Wednesday of conspiracy, bribery and fraud as part of the “Fat Leonard” corruption scandal.  The five were the last of 34 defendants to stand trial on charges they were bought off by the Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Francis, who prosecutors said plied them with prostitutes, Cuban cigars and free hotel stays, among other things.  More.....
29 June
RIMPAC 2022 Officially Begins
The U.S. Navy launched the 28th edition of the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world's largest international maritime exercise, today.  Twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 30 unmanned systems, approximately 170 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will train and operate in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, June 29 to Aug. 4.  More.....
29 June
AUKUS nuclear submarine plan to be revealed by March 2023
Australia's future nuclear submarine plans are expected to be unveiled early next year, with the government also looking to detail its moves to fix a looming capability gap.  Defence Minister Richard Marles is working to announce by March which nuclear submarine Australia will acquire, in line with the original 18-month time frame set out when the AUKUS partnership was first revealed last year.  More.....
29 June
New patrol boat has a home
Navy’s first Evolved Cape-class patrol boat (ECCPB), Australian Defence Vessel Cape Otway, was officially welcomed to its home port of Cairns on June 24.  The 58-metre aluminium monohull vessel will be used in constabulary operations, primarily to the North of Australia, enforcing Australian sovereign immigration and fisheries laws.  More.....
28 June
Census showcases garrison city service
Townsville’s status as Australia’s largest garrison city has been confirmed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in the release of the Census 2021 results today. 
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said the results of the Census 2021 has shown that Townsville hosts the highest number of residents with military service.  “Around 14,200 current and former ADF personnel call Townsville home, comprising 8,700 veterans and 5,500 current serving ADF members,” Minister Keogh said.  More.....
28 June
Making history: Half a million veterans in Australia
For the first time ever, it is known that 581,139 Australians have reported they have served or are currently serving in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), as announced in the release of the Census 2021 data today.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said that there are 496,276 veterans and 84,865 current serving ADF members, and understanding these figures along with other demographic and lifestyle data is history-making.  More.....
28 June
ADF senior leadership appointments
The Australian Government has today announced Australian Defence Force (ADF) senior leadership appointments.  The terms of the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF), General Angus Campbell, and the Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF), Vice Admiral David Johnston, will be extended by two years.  Additionally, the Government has asked the Chief of the Defence Force to extend the term of the Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton, for two years.  More.....
28 June
Navy graduates make history
The Royal Australian Navy has received its largest intake of new officers, with 193 graduates of the Royal Australian Naval College completing their passing out parade on June 16.  This intake made some significant Navy history, not just for its overall size but also for the largest number of female officer graduates in a single intake. Females made up one-third of the graduate officers.  More.....
28 June
A ceremonial homecoming
HMAS Stalwart this month visited its ceremonial home port of Geraldton on Western Australia’s Batavia Coast for the first time.  Stalwart, which was commissioned in November last year, spent three days in the city during which time the ship’s company participated in a number of official engagements and community events, including a freedom of entry parade on June 23.  More.....
28 June
Relationship with South Korea reinforced
Anzac-class frigate HMAS Parramatta and its ship’s company received a warm welcome to Busan, South Korea recently.  The port visit occurred during a regional presence deployment aimed at demonstrating Australia’s commitment and engagement with the region.  As Parramatta pulled into Busan Naval Base, a band contingent of the Republic of Korea Navy played.  More.....
27 June
Indigenous program graduates inspire others
After five months of hard work and determination, the members of class 17 of the Navy Indigenous Development Program (NIDP) graduated on June 23.  In a public graduation ceremony at Munro Martin Parklands in Cairns, Queensland, the graduates proudly paraded in front of friends, family and the local community.  More.....

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27 June
Explorers find USS Samuel B. Roberts shipwreck
A U.S. Navy destroyer that engaged a superior Japanese fleet in the largest sea battle of World War II in the Philippines has become the deepest wreck to be discovered, according to explorers.  The USS Samuel B. Roberts, popularly known as the “Sammy B,” was identified on Wednesday broken into two pieces on a slope at a depth of 22,916 feet (6,985 meters).  More.....
24 June
Re-dedication ceremony honours former HMAS Sydney II sailor
More than eighty years after HMAS Sydney II was sunk, the Royal Australian Navy has re-dedicated the remains of Able Seaman Thomas Welsby Clark in the War Graves at Geraldton Cemetery, Western Australia.  Previously referred to as the HMAS Sydney II unknown sailor, Able Seaman Clark was formally identified after extensive DNA research in 2021.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, the Hon Matt Keogh MP said the re-dedication ceremony honoured the bravery of Able Seaman Clark and his 644 shipmates.  More.....
24 June
Live stream - Re-dedication Ceremony for AB Thomas Welsby Clark
Join us from the War Graves Cemetery in Geraldton , for the re-dedication ceremony for Able Seaman Thomas Welsby Clark. Able Seaman Clark, previously referred to as the HMAS Sydney II unknown sailor, was formally identified after extensive DNA research in 2021.

24 June
Report into veterans' claims now public
A key report into the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) claims processing system has today been made public.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said the report found 37 initiatives which would improve the department’s processes, reducing the wait times for veterans and their families.  “We must reduce this claims backlog.  It simply isn’t good enough to have people who have put on a uniform and served our country wait for such a long time to access the support they are entitled to,” Minister Keogh said.  More.....
24 June
Secret report obtained by the ABC reveals reasons behind huge backlog of 37,000 veteran requests for compensation
The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) kept secret a damning report on its own staff shortages and delays in processing compensation.  The report is now public and it shows there's a backlog of about 37,000 applications.  The new Minister for Veterans Affairs Matt Keogh is promising to speed up the processing of compensation claims lodged by Australia's servicemen and women, by hiring another 500 staff at the department.  More.....
24 June
18 Patrol Boats Sent to Ukraine Set for River Duty, Says Pentagon
The 18 patrol boats being sent to Ukraine as part of additional aid announced Thursday will be used to monitor and protect Ukraine’s rivers, a senior defense official told reporters Friday.  The United States will be sending two small unit riverine crafts that are 35 feet long, six maritime combat crafts that are 40 feet long and 10 medium force protection patrol boats that are 34 feet long, the senior defense official said.  More.....
23 June
Sailors build friendships at sea and on land
HMAS Ararat earlier this month completed a joint maritime patrol with Republic of Fiji Navy (RFN) Guardian-class patrol boat RFNS Savenaca.  Ararat partnered with Savenaca while operating in Fijian waters to detect and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated regional fishing activity.  More.....
22 June
Minister wasn't told of funding shortfall
Former minister Andrew Gee says at first he wasn't told the veterans department had a shortfall in staff required to process a backlog of compensation claims.  It took a report by an outside consulting group to identify the scale of dysfunction inside the Department of Veterans Affairs which at no point had complained about its funding problems, despite a massive backlog of compensation claims, a royal commission has heard.  More.....
21 June
Deployment offers opportunity to remember lost WW2 ship
The crew of HMAS Ararat took the opportunity while deployed in the south-west Pacific on Operation Solania to hold a memorial service over the resting place of HMAS Canberra 1.  Canberra 1 was sunk on August 9, 1942, during the WW2 Battle of Savo Island, with the loss of 84 hands.  The memorial service, at the end of May, was a moving occasion for Ararat crew member Able Seaman Gilbert Jackson.  More.....
20 June
Chinese, Russian Warships Active Near Japan Ahead of RIMPAC 2022
Russian warships are now steaming in the East China and the Philippine seas near Japan, the Russian Navy and the Japan Defense Ministry announced on Monday.  Meanwhile, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Indo-Pacific Deployment 2022 (IPD22) drilled with the U.S. Navy while ships from five Indo-Pacific nations sailed together out of Guam en route to the Rim of the Pacific 2022 (RIMPAC2022) exercise in Hawaii.  More.....
20 June
Steel used in Navy builds put through extreme tests
Freezing steel plates and blowing them up are ways scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Group ensure materials used in Navy ship and submarine builds are up to scratch.  Material scientist Dr Andrew Phillips said testing was conducted on a small scale at different temperatures, including down to minus 85 degrees Celsius, which is achieved by cooling the plates with liquid nitrogen.  More.....
20 June
The amphibious Exercise Sea Explorer 2022 has come to an end
The exercise was held at Cowley Beach in North Queensland from May 30 to June 16, and 1400 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel took part in the ship-to-shore training.  This integration of sailors, soldiers and aviators strengthened the Australian amphibious force’s (AAF) capability to generate an effective ground combat element and project it ashore.

17 June
China Launches Third Aircraft Carrier
On Friday morning, China launched its third aircraft carrier, named Fujian (18), carrying hull number 18, at Jiangnan Shipyard of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation in Shanghai, reported the People’s Liberation Army’s official media channel, China Military Online.

17 June
China Launches Third Aircraft Carrier
On Friday morning, China launched its third aircraft carrier, named Fujian (18), carrying hull number 18, at Jiangnan Shipyard of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation in Shanghai, reported the People’s Liberation Army’s official media channel, China Military Online.  The 80,000-ton carrier is China’s first flat deck carrier and uses Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS)-powered catapults to launch its aircraft, in contrast to the ski jump of its other two carriers.  The EMALS system can launch heavier aircraft, such as the J-35 fighter and airborne early warning aircraft, to operate off its flight deck.  More.....
17 June
Rear Admiral Dave Goggins to support AUKUS Program
Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, announced that Rear Adm. Dave Goggins has been selected as a Special Assistant in support of the on-going Australia – United Kingdom – United States (AUKUS) partnership’s effort on June 17.  “Admiral Goggins selection to lead AUKUS will further our efforts to strengthen our strategic partnerships with Australia and the United Kingdom.  Dave comes to us at a critical time in the consultation period of AUKUS and is the right person to spearhead the analysis of the submarine development production and testing efforts.” said Secretary Del Toro.  More.....
17 June
Navy Top Gun's bid for stardom
If you notice a bearded aviator in the bar scenes of Top Gun: Maverick, it’s probably Lieutenant Commander Matthew Schroder.  The MH-60R pilot was on US Navy exchange when he got a call from the film’s casting agent looking for foreign aviators as extras.  But a makeup artist was unimpressed by Lieutenant Commander Schroder’s beard – something not allowed in the US Navy or in keeping with the original movie’s aesthetic.  More.....
16 June
Leaving behind legacy of amphibious capability
Captain Jim Hutton has said goodbye to his last Sea Series exercise in full-time service by bringing his expertise as the Amphibious Senior Coach, supporting the development of the Australian Amphibious Force during Exercise Sea Explorer.  Born in Scotland, Captain Hutton began his military service more than 40 years ago when he joined the Royal Navy at 17.  He went on to join the Royal Marines in 1980, rising to the rank of Colonel before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 2015.  More.....
16 June
ADF kicks off election support to PNG
The main body of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed on Operation Kimba has touched down in Papua New Guinea to provide support for the country’s upcoming national election, at the request of the PNG Government.  The joint task group members arrived at Jackson International Airport in Port Moresby on a RAAF C-17A Globemaster.  More.....
16 June
Scientists go to sea to study crew
Scientists from Macquarie University sailed in HMAS Canberra from Sydney to Townsville in Queensland as part of a project researching the effects being at sea has on the crew.  The four scientists looked at the effects a deployment has on resilience, job performance, functioning and cumulative stress.  Dr Gavin Hazel said the crew had responded well to the program, adding to valuable information already collected from HMA Ships Ballarat, Parramatta and Brisbane.  More.....
15 June
New AUKUS Caucus Bill Calls for U.S.-Australia Sub Training Pipeline
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that would help the Royal Australian Navy train its future submarine warfare officers with U.S. sailors.  Dubbed the “The Australia-U.S. Submarine Officer Pipeline Act,” the legislation would allow Australia to send at least two of its submarine warfare officers to train with American sailors each year.  The Royal Australian Navy officers would first attend the Navy Nuclear Propulsion School, then take the Submarine Officer Basic Course, and finally deploy aboard a U.S. submarine after finishing the basic course, according to text of the bill.  More.....
15 June
Royal Navy joins US-led Pacific peace and goodwill mission
The Royal Navy is joining one of the world’s largest humanitarian missions as it commits sailors, commando engineers and a ship to Pacific Partnership.  Patrol ship HMS Tamar will spend several weeks on the US-led operation, a three-month mission to spread goodwill to islands and nations across the Pacific.  More.....
14 June
Full steam ahead for Royal Australian Navy deployments
Five Royal Australian Navy ships will set sail from Australia over the next three weeks for regional presence deployments throughout the Indo-Pacific region.  HMA ships Canberra, Warramunga and Supply will participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2022 (RIMPAC 22), in and around the Hawaiian Islands.  More.....
14 June
Former sailors laid to rest at sea
The ship’s company of HMAS Canberra was honoured to commit the ashes of 10 former Navy personnel to the sea on June 9.  The ceremony was held on the quarterdeck of the ship as the ship passed through the Coral Sea and was a time of reflection for those in attendance.  More.....
13 June
Extraordinary service recognised through Queen's birthday honours
Defence would like to congratulate all those who have received appointments and awards in the Queen's Birthday 2022 honours list:  More.....
12 June
‘Critical first step:’ Aussie, Chinese defense ministers meet for first time in 3 years
In what may be the start of a major geostrategic reopening between Australia and China, their defense ministers met for an hour on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue for a wide-ranging discussion, the details of which the Australians were not willing to discuss.  “It was an opportunity to have a very frank and full exchange,” Richard Marles, Australia’s recently-named defense minister and deputy prime minister, told a small group of reporters here this afternoon. “it was a critical first step.”  More.....
12 June
Air Force Association Ball
Whilst this event is being organised by RAAF Association, the actual service and prelude includes all three ADF services.
11 June
Diving brothers found the wreck of the Gloucester 300+ years after sinking
The most significant historic maritime discovery since raising the Mary Rose in 1982.
At 5:30 am on May 6, 1682, a ship called the Gloucester ran aground on a sandbank off the coast of Norfolk and sank within the hour.  Among the passengers was James Stuart, Duke of York and future King James II of England, who escaped in a small boat just before the ship sank.  Had he perished, British history might have played out quite differently.  Yesterday we learned that the wreck of the Gloucester was discovered by a pair of brothers in 2007, although it took several more years to verify that the wreck was indeed the Gloucester.  Its discovery has been a closely guarded secret until now.

11 June
Shangri-La Dialogue: sovereignty means being free to choose
The first Shangri-La Dialogue since 2019 is a chance for world leaders and ministers to discuss urgent and long-term international security questions, including a focus on whether rules and sovereignty matter anymore.  The answer has been a resounding ‘yes’, but much discussion has focused on what words we shouldn’t use and what actions we shouldn’t take.  Don’t refer to ‘the West’ as it will upset the East. Don’t use the word ‘democracy’ as it will upset non-democratic countries.  More.....
11 June
Spear unveils submarine-launched Ninox 103 drone
Israeli company Spear has unveiled a new drone that launches from a submarine and loiters for nearly an hour, providing surveillance while the launch platform remains submerged.  The firm showcased the new Ninox 103 at the recent Undersea Defence Technology show in the Netherlands.  Boaz Ben-Chaim, the head of international business development at Spear, said the U.S. Defense Department saw a demonstration of the system during the Trident Spectre exercise off the coast of Virginia last year.  More.....
10 June
Policy, Guns and Money: The cost of Defence
This week, ASPI released the 21st edition of its annual Cost of Defence budget brief, Australia’s most comprehensive analysis of defence spending. In this podcast episode, ASPI’s defence, strategy and national security program director Michael Shoebridge speaks with the report’s lead author, ASPI senior analyst Marcus Hellyer, about the biggest areas of spending for Defence and challenges for the department, as well as the difficult choices the new government faces given supply-chain disruptions, inflation and the conflict in Ukraine.

10 June
Parading for Queen's jubilee a career highlight
Leading Seaman Zachary Duke, from Caboolture in Queensland, was one of the 40 members of Australia’s Federation Guard who paraded in London for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  The Platinum Jubilee marked the monarch’s 70 years of dedicated service to Australia and the Commonwealth.  Attending the ceremonial events held in the United Kingdom from June 2-5 was a far cry from Leading Seaman Duke’s normal duties as a fire control operator on a guided-missile destroyer.  More.....
09 June
'We're Fed Up With It': Survivors of the USS Liberty Look for Answers 55 Years Later
In Section 34, at the center of a green oasis on the south side of Arlington National Cemetery, about 50 men and women gathered around a stone slab with six names on it.  Many sought shelter on chairs in the shade and others wavered, rocking on sea legs and canes, in the June heat.  The survivors of the attack on the USS Liberty -- an event that happened 55 years ago -- snapped salutes as the president of the USS Liberty Veterans Association, Larry L. Bowen, began a remembrance ceremony Wednesday.  Israeli munitions ripped through the Belmont-class research ship with strafing fire, napalm and torpedoes as it patrolled......  More.....
09 June
Australia's Federation Guard takes the lead in Jubilee Pageant
In a grand display of pomp and ceremony worthy of a historical occasion, Australia’s Federation Guard led the Commonwealth nations in the Platinum Jubilee pageant in London.  Celebrating the Queen’s 70th year as monarch, more than 1700 military personnel from 22 countries, including Great Britain, Canada and New Zealand, have marched through the streets of London culminating in a salute to the royal family outside Buckingham Palace.  More.....
08 June
U.S. Navy’s Hypersonic Missile Will Give Zumwalt Class New Capability
The Zumwalt Class destroyer is one of the most recognizable and impressive warships afloat.  Adding the Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) hypersonic missile will give it unrivalled firepower.  At over 15,000 tons the Zumwalt Class are large by destroyer standards. Although there is plenty of wriggle room on the definitions between destroyer and cruiser, the new weapons move the ships even further away from what is accepted as a ‘destroyer’ today.  Whether they will be redesignated as a cruiser will be seen.  More.....
08 June
USS Ashland joins HMAS Adelaide to begin Exercise Sea Explorer 2022
Exercise Sea Explorer is the second of three training activities in the annual Sea Series to hone and certify Australia's Amphibious Force.

08 June
Service and family – a life intertwined
The Service Funeral of Rear Admiral (retd) Geoffrey James Alexander Bayliss, was held at the HMAS Watson Chapel on the cold, windy morning of June 1, 2022.  Friends, family and past and current serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) people gathered for the farewell and celebration of a life where service and family were intertwined, each supporting the other during and after the illustrious career of a great Navy Admiral.  More.....
07 June
Satellite images of China’s new aircraft carrier
China’s most advanced aircraft carrier to date appears to be nearing completion, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press showed Friday, as experts suggested the vessel could be launched soon.  The newly developed Type 003 carrier has been under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard northeast of Shanghai since 2018.  Satellite images taken by Planet Labs PBC on May 31 suggest work on the vessel is close to done.  More.....
07 June
Our June Navy Hero:
Leading Seaman Dalmorton Joseph Owendale Rudd DSM

Dalmorton James Owendale Rudd was born on 14 June 1896 in the Sydney suburb of Campsie, the eldest son of Joseph Dalmorton Rudd and Annie Elizabeth Rudd (née Fleming).  He joined the RAN as a 17-year-old Ordinary Seaman 2nd Class on 30 October 1913 and was allocated service number 3389.

After initial training at HMAS Cerberus he joined the light cruiser HMAS Melbourne on 26 April 1914.  His time in Melbourne was brief as on 10 June 1914 he was posted to the battle cruiser HMAS Australia.  He was to serve in Australia for the remainder of his naval career.  After the outbreak of war in August 1914 Australia saw extensive service in the Pacific and took part in the capture of German New Guinea in September 1914.  The battle cruiser then steamed across the Pacific in search of the German East Asian Squadron and then entered the South Atlantic Ocean on 1 January 1915.  In late January 1915 Australia arrived in Britain and was attached to the Royal Navy for service in the North Sea.

In late February 1918 volunteers were call for from the fleet for a "dangerous venture" and Rudd was one of 11 men from Australia selected for this activity.  The mission was the British raid on the port of Zeebrugge, in German occupied Belgium, on the night of 22-23 April 1918.  This port was used as a base by German U-boats and destroyers operating in the English Channel and the Royal Navy undertook an operation to block the port by sinking three old cruisers, as block-ships, in the Bruges Canal.  Read the full story.....
06 June
Navy aviation technician dives in to help turtles
Growing up in Cape York and other far north Queensland locations down to Port Douglas, Able Seaman Ned Dibella was surrounded by marine conservation work.  The aviation technician's father worked as a parks and wildlife ranger and had extensive knowledge of the northern Queensland coastline, passing this passion on to his children.  “As kids, we would go on turtle trips with dad and senior conservation officer Dr Ian Bell to catch and document our findings,” Able Seaman Dibella said.  More.....
06 June
Enduring friendship
For 77 years, HMAS Colac’s Gunnery Officer James (Jim) Paizis kept Steward Brian (Percy) Shute’s razor at eye level in his bathroom cabinet as a daily reminder of his mate.  Brian Shute was killed in action on the 26th May, 1945 along with Stan Smith during the shelling of Bathurst class corvette HMAS Colac by the Japanese from Choiseul Island in the Solomon Islands.  On that morning, Jim had borrowed Percy’s razor after his went missing.  Of course, at the time, neither knew such a simple exchange between friends would form the basis of a story more than seven decades later.  More.....
03 June
80th anniversary of submarine attack
A memorial service at HMAS Kuttabul has commemorated the 27 lives lost in an Imperial Japanese Navy midget submarine attack in Sydney Harbour in May 1942.  Dignitaries including Commodore Flotillas, Commodore Paul O’Grady and Ambassador of Japan to Australia, Mr Yamagami Shingo, laid wreaths at the HMAS Kuttabul Memorial on the eastern shore of Garden Island.  More.....
03 June
Shared maritime connection with Indigenous Australians
When the Chief of Navy recently led a delegation to a remote Indigenous community, they received a truly Australian welcome.  Performers enacting a crocodile dance encircled the guests, and led them through a smoking ceremony and then to a sacred sculpture near the waterfront.  A leader of the Yolngu Indigenous community and champion of sea rights, Djambawa Marawili, expressed the importance of the Navy visit to the assembled personnel and dozens of village residents.  More.....
02 June
Biden says first female armed services chief is ‘about time’
President Joe Biden hailed Adm. Linda Fagan as new Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and the armed forces’ first female service chief, declaring during a change of command ceremony on Wednesday, “It’s about time.”  “The trailblazing career of Admiral Fagan shows young people entering the services, we mean what we say: There are no doors — no doors — closed to women,” Biden told around 2,000 cheering guests at Coast Guard headquarters.  More.....
01 June
U.S. and South Korean cooperation on nuclear technology positive sign for K-SSN
U.S. President Joseph Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol announced that the two countries will cooperate on developing a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) during the former’s state visit to South Korea on May 21, 2022.  SMRs are nuclear reactors that have a maximum power generating capacity of less than 300 megawatts.  This type of reactor has been used on nuclear submarines for decades, although more recent studies have focused on utilizing it for civilian purposes.  Experts say that securing SMR technology is a critical step in acquiring nuclear submarines.  More.....
01 June
HMAS Encounter recommissions in Adelaide
A commissioning ceremony for Royal Australian Navy shore establishment HMAS Encounter took place at the Torrens Parade Ground in Adelaide, South Australia, 28 years after the former establishment was decommissioned.

01 June
Navy builds ties with Sea Country
Chief of Navy and the Warrant Officer of the Royal Australia Navy, along with members of the Diversity Reference Group, visited Sea Country (IVO Bäniyala, NT) to meet with Mr Djambawa Marawili AM and his community in a visit aimed at acknowledging historical Indigenous use and care of the sea on which the Royal Australian Navy sails and defends the nation of Australia and all its citizens.

01 June
Japan Announces Indo-Pacific Warship Deployment Ahead of U.S.-led RIMPAC Exercise
Four Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force warships will leave later this month for a four-month deployment throughout the Indo-Pacific region, Japan’s Ministry of Defense recently announced.  From June 13 to Oct. 28, Indo-Pacific Deployment 2022 (IPD2022) will involve three ships, a submarine and three fixed-wing aircraft from the JMSDF. The deployment has two objectives: “to improve JMSDF tactical capabilities and to strengthen cooperation with partner navies in the Indo-Pacific region".  More.....
01 June
Visit to Arnhem Land reinforces shared connection to the sea
Sailors from the Navy's Diversity Reference Group had the rare opportunity to be welcomed by the Yolngu clan in East Arnhem Land and reinforce a shared connection to the sea.  The group of sailors from across Australia were invited to the village of Bäniyala, in remote Northern Territory, as part of a Chief of Navy visit aimed at acknowledging historical Indigenous use and care of the sea.  More.....
01 June
Bridging cultural gaps focus of sailor's work
Building bridges between Navy and the world’s oldest surviving culture is a full-time job for Petty Office Jordon Bradshaw, and one he says is “vital” for reconciliation within Defence.  Petty Officer Bradshaw is a Dhunghutti and Bundjalung man, and is currently the regional Indigenous development coordinator for the Shoalhaven district.  More.....
01 June
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
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01 June
U.S. Navy Announces 28th RIMPAC Exercise
Twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 170 aircraft and approximately 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 29 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.  More.....
01 June
Inaugural Defence science summit, ADSTAR to be held in July
Resilience and how to prevail in a rapidly changing environment will be the focus for the inaugural Australian Defence Science, Technology and Research (ADSTAR) Summit.  The ADSTAR Summit is a unique opportunity to engage with leaders, entrepreneurs, business and government across Australia’s research and development ecosystem. The event will be held in Sydney on July 20-22, 2022 at the International Convention Centre.  More.....
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