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27 May
Austal delivers 15th Guardian-class patrol boat
Austal Limited announced the delivery of the 15th Guardian-class patrol boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence on May 26, 2022.  The vessel, Te Kukupa II, was then gifted by the Australian Government to the Cook Islands at a certificate signing ceremony held today at Austal’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.  More.....
27 May
'Be brave. Make change.'
For more than a hundred years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have proudly served in the Australian Defence Force and across Defence enhancing our capability.  National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is an opportunity to learn more about our shared histories, cultures and achievements.  This year’s theme ‘Be brave. Make change’ challenges us all to tackle the continuing path of reconciliation for the benefit of all Australians.  More.....
26 May
HMAS Supply Bundian Way
The crew of HMAS Supply has put a twist on the tradition of ships naming their main passageway after a major street in the ship’s namesake city.  The ship’s main passage was named Bundian Way in honour of an ancient supply route that stretched from the coastal town of Eden to Mt Kosciuszko.

26 May
HMAS Parramatta departs for a regional presence deployment
HMAS Parramatta has sailed from her home port of Fleet Base East for a two-month Regional Presence Deployment to Southeast and North Asia.  The ship will undertake a number of Navy-to-Navy activities with Australia’s regional partners, building on the work of HMAS Arunta which deployed to the Indo-Pacific region previously this year.  Commanding Officer HMAS Parramatta, Commander David Murphy, said his ship’s company was ready for the tasks the ship would be assigned over the next couple of months.  More.....
26 May
From scanning skies for aircraft to diving below ships
Flight Lieutenant Kristian Henderson, who is a RAAF air traffic controller (ATC) in the landing helicopter dock HMAS Adelaide, jumped in feet first when the ship’s dive team was looking for new divers.  Flight Lieutenant Henderson completed Navy’s three-week scuba air diving (SAD) course at the Australian Defence Force Diving School at HMAS Penguin in Sydney.  He can now support scheduled ship’s maintenance as well as unexpected and short-notice tasks such as clearing a propeller from ropes or fishing nets.  More.....

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25 May
Plan Galileo’s Horizon Three: Sustainment 2025
Defence is delivering sustainment as a capability through Plan Galileo to ensure that the Royal Australian Navy fleet is available when and where needed.

25 May
Navy Indigenous youth graduate at HMAS Cairns
The Royal Australian Navy has graduated 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sailors from the Navy Indigenous Development Program at HMAS Cairns.

25 May
New generation Remotely Operated Vehicles are being demonstrated at exercise Autonomous Warrior 22
Autonomous Warrior 22 (AW22) is a Navy-led Operational Experimentation (OPEX) activity conducted over the period 16-27 May 2022 in the vicinity of Jervis Bay and from several remote sites in Australia and overseas.

25 May
HMAS Stalwart 'open for business'
The crew of HMAS Stalwart recently achieved a major milestone in the ship’s short time in service when they successfully conducted the ship's first replenishment at sea.  HMAS Parramatta was the receiving ship.  Commanding Officer of Stalwart, Commander Steve McCracken, said the evolution signalled that Stalwart was “open for business”.  More.....
25 May
Australia Supplies New Ships to Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea has received a new landing craft from Australia, just days after it commissioned its third Guardian class patrol boat, highlighting the ongoing modernisation of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF).  The new landing craft, NUSHIP Cape Gloucester, will partially replace PNG’s two Balikpapan class landing craft which were retired last year after nearly five decades of service.  More.....
25 May
Photos show China has fielded another semi-submersible transport ship
It appears China has put at least one other semi-submersible transport ship into service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy, according to photos published by state media showing the ship transporting an amphibious hovercraft.  The official China Military Online website showed the semi-submersible heavy ship Yinmahu transporting a Type 958 air-cushioned landing craft.  More.....
25 May
Investigation: USS Connecticut South China Sea Grounding Result of Lax Oversight, Poor Planning
More than two years of lax oversight from leadership on one of the U.S. Navy’s most powerful submarines ultimately led to the grounding of the attack boat on an uncharted, underwater seamount in the South China Sea, according to an investigation into the Oct. 2 incident.  USS Connecticut (SSN-22) was five months into a surge deployment at the request of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command to the Western Pacific when the nuclear attack boat grounded on the seamount while the submarine was traveling at a high speed in waters that were poorly charted, according to the Oct. 29, 2021 command investigation.  More.....
24 May
Navy tests autonomous technologies
About 40 new, innovative autonomous technologies are being tested and evaluated in the waters of Jervis Bay on Exercise Autonomous Warrior (AW22), which began last week.  The two-week exercise is testing the uncrewed, robotic and autonomous systems – they operate on or below the water, or in the sky – according to scenarios designed to demonstrate capabilities in mine countermeasures, survey, surveillance, reconnaissance, undersea warfare, intelligence-gathering, force protection, interoperability and interchangeability.  More.....
24 May
HMAS Ararat's crew rescues Solomon Islands police
The crew of HMAS Ararat rescued a Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) crew last Saturday after the police vessel was reported missing.  The Royal Australian Navy patrol boat’s crew was responding to a search and rescue request from the RSIPF.  The crews of an Australian-contracted Forum Fisheries Agency King Air aircraft and an Australian Federal Police-contracted helicopter were able to locate the stricken vessel and contact those on board prior to Ararat’s arrival.  More.....
23 May
HMAS Parramatta departs Sydney for a Regional Presence Deployment
HMAS Parramatta set sail from Fleet Base East in Sydney on a three-month regional presence deployment to South-East Asia and North Asia on Wednesday, 18 May 2022.

20 May
'Their faces light up: are you going to sea, mum?'
When Warrant Officer Natasha McRoe first went to sea in the early 2000s, options to connect with her family from the ship were limited.  “We could only call home on a phone that you had to book well in advance,” she said.  “Now we can call home most days.  The ongoing communication at sea makes it a lot easier now I have kids.”  She joined from Hobart at age 18 and her first posted was aboard HMAS Manoora as an officers Steward, having previously trained as a bosun.  More.....
20 May
First Artwork of Hypersonic Missiles on Zumwalt-class Destroyers
According to the Lockheed Martin® graphic, four CPS silos are substituted for the removal of the first 155mm Advanced Gun System (AGS) turret while the second 155mm AGS is still retained.  First reported by the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) in March 2022, this artwork follows what the U.S. Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Michael Gilday mentioned to USNI about not removing the complete gun hull mounting and extensively modifying the stealth destroyer’s deck and hull.  More.....
20 May
Chinese, Russian Navies Remain Active Near Japan; Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Begins Spring Patrol
A Chinese surveillance ship and a Russian surveillance ship made separate transits through Japan this week.  The Chinese ship sailed through the Osumi Strait on Thursday, while the Russian ship sailed through La Pérouse Strait on Wednesday.  The People’s Liberation Army Navy’s 41st Chinese Naval Escort Taskforce sailed through the Miyako Strait on Thursday while en route to the Gulf of Aden, according to Japan Ministry of Defense releases.  More.....
20 May
World War II Merchant Mariners Honored with Congressional Gold Medal
Merchant Mariners, elected officials and senior military leaders gathered at the U.S. Capital in Washington D.C. for the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring Merchant Mariners of World War II, May 18.  ���In World War II, U.S. Merchant Mariners and their shipmates of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard sailed in harm’s way to deliver what was needed to prevail not only across the Atlantic and Pacific but through the Indian Ocean, and across the Arctic Circle,” Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer, Commander, Military Sealift Command stated at the ceremony.  More.....
20 May
International Partners Team Up for Pacific Partnership 2022
U.S. Navy, Royal Navy and Australian Defence Force military members are embarked aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as part of the of Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22) mission team.  Now in its 17th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.  More.....
19 May
Swedish Officials Ask Pentagon to Increase U.S. Naval Presence in Baltic Sea
Swedish officials are requesting a larger U.S. naval presence in the Baltic Sea as part of the ongoing diplomatic push for Sweden and Finland to join NATO, two defense officials told USNI News on Thursday.  The Swedish contingent now in Washington is asking to increase bilateral and multilateral exercises with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and flow more ships into the Baltic, the two defense officials said.  More.....
18 May
Sailor selected in Commonwealth Games team
Leading Seaman Suamili Nanai has been selected in the Australian weightlifting team to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, to be held from July 28-August 8.  The combat systems operator – air is an instructor at the School of Maritime Warfare – West at HMAS Stirling.  “The chance to represent my country, my service, my family and friends means a great deal to me,” Leading Seaman Nanai said.  More.....
18 May
HMAS Stalwart visits Melbourne
All aboard!  The Melbourne community were lucky enough to experience what life's like in the Australian Navy's newest Supply Class, Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Ship as HMAS Stalwart III visited from her home port in Western Australia.  HMAS Stalwart also welcomed members from the Collingwood Football Club for a look around our latest ship!  The team also got a chance to get hands on with some firefighting training, which is a vital skill set for our people at sea.
18 May
Navy Celebrates International Day of Women in Maritime 2022
Today on Women In Maritime Day, we celebrate the contribution and achievements of Women In Navy, and their fundamental role in shaping the proud service we are today.
17 May
Crew parades for the final time in Ararat
The crew of Armidale-class patrol boat HMAS Ararat conducted the final freedom of entry parade in the western Victorian town of Ararat on May 7, with the ship to be decommissioned in June.  Commanding Officer of HMAS Ararat, Lieutenant Commander David Martinussen, said it was a great honour to lead his ship’s company through the streets of Ararat.  “On behalf of my entire ship’s company, I’d like to thank the Ararat Rural City Council for making us feel so welcome and for awarding us Freedom of Entry,” Lieutenant Commander Martinussen said.  More.....
16 May
Agreement set to strengthen healthcare in Indo-Pacific
The recent signing of a memorandum of cooperation between Australia and the US will lead to the establishment of an Indo-Pacific Health Security Alliance (IPHSA), providing a forum to facilitate civil-military cooperation in health in the Indo-Pacific.  The memorandum was signed during a 10-day visit to Australia by a US health delegation led by United States Indo-Pacific Command Command Surgeon Rear Admiral Pamela Miller and Commanding General, 18th Medical Command (US), Major General Michael Place.  More.....
16 May
Australia to get replacement for navy’s sail training ship Young Endeavour
Birdon has been awarded the contract to design and build the replacement for the brigantine Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour, which has been operated by the Royal Australian Navy for more than three decades providing youth development and sail training to Australian youth under The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme.  Birdon will work with Dykstra on the core vessel design, and will also be responsible for the design, engineering, and integration of all the vessel’s systems, including mechanical, electrical, propulsion, communication & navigation systems.  More.....
16 May
Royal Australian Navy Kicks Off Exercise Autonomous Warrior
Commencing today, HMAS Creswell and the waters of Jervis Bay will be the scene of a simulated, next generation naval battlespace – Exercise Autonomous Warrior 2022 (AW22).  This Royal Australian Navy (RAN) led Exercise will test and evaluate uncrewed, robotic and autonomous systems in Jervis Bay, in the nearby East Australian Exercise Area and the skies above.  More.....
15 May
Indo Pacific 2022 Highlights

15 May
Maritime Museum expands volunteer program to assist Defence Force veterans
The Australian National Maritime Museum, in conjunction with long-term partner Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) has launched an expansion of the museum’s existing volunteer program, designed to engage Defence Force veterans.  The program was launched by the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO RAN.  Tanya Bush, Acting Director of the museum said, “The museum’s volunteers are one of our most important assets and we are pleased to be able to extend our volunteer program to even more Defence personnel to share their invaluable knowledge and experience.  More.....
13 May
Chinese Navy Ship Operating Off of Australia, Canberra Says
A People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) intelligence ship is currently operating off the north-west shelf of Australia, the Australian Department of Defence said Friday.  Australia’s DoD identified the vessel as China’s Dongdiao-class auxiliary intelligence ship Haiwangxing (792) and released imagery and video of the ship.  More.....
13 May
Australia to buy 12 MH-60R Romeo maritime helicopters
The Australian government has revealed its plans to purchase 12 additional MH-60R Romeo maritime helicopters for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).  The government wants to expand the maritime helicopter fleet to help keep Australians safe while also creating new jobs.  The units are to be acquired and based at HMAS Albatross, along with a 13th Romeo to replace one lost in 2021.  More.....
13 May
New Details Emerge on Australia’s Future Joint Support Ship
During INDO PACIFIC 2022 several contenders emerged for the Royal Australian Navy’s requirement for new Joint Support Ships (JSS). Under project SEA2200, Australia will domestically build two multipurpose auxiliary vessels, able to perform both sealift and replenishment operations, to replace HMAS Choules.  So far, the only company to go public with a bid is BMT, who are displaying their ELLIDA design at INDO PACIFIC 2022.  The ELLIDA design, based on the same family of auxiliary craft as the Royal Fleet Auxiliaries Tide class tankers, has a large roll-on roll-off (RoRo) cargo deck as well as provisions to conduct underway replenishment.  More.....
12 May
Sentient unveils “ViDAR Surface” at Indo Pacific 2022
Australian sensor solutions provider Sentient Vision Systems has unveiled its AI-powered ViDAR surface solution at the Indo Pacific 2022 exhibition in Sydney, Australia, which aims to enable autonomous surface monitoring during day and night.  The flagship products include Kestrel software for land and maritime surveillance and ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging), which is the world’s first passive Optical Radar.  More.....
12 May
Raytheon to provide navigation systems to Hunter class frigates
Raytheon Anschütz, a business of Raytheon Technologies, has signed a contract with BAE Systems Australia’s maritime division for initial design work of an integrated navigation and bridge system for the Royal Australian Navy’s Hunter class frigate program.  Raytheon Anschütz will design and manufacture a warship integrated navigation and bridge system (WINBS) for the Hunter class frigate program, which will deliver nine of the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).  More.....
12 May
PFG unveils Sentinel 1100 watercraft at Indo Pacific 2022
Tasmanian manufacturer, PFG, has launched its newest vessel in The Sentinel Range; an ultra-durable High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) 11-metre tactical watercraft at Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition 2022 in Sydney.  PFG Chief Executive Officer, Robert Inches, said the Sentinel 1100 is an adaptable platform designed to deliver advantage in insertion, extraction, and interdiction operations, enhancing mission capability for defence and security organisations.  More.....
12 May
Sea Power 2022: Maritime technology inspires future workforce
The future of maritime and naval technology was on display at the Indo Pacific Conference 2022 in Sydney this week.  The specialist recruiting team from Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) was on hand to recruit our future sailors and officers.  The large, multi-national conference attracted 657 participating exhibitor companies from 22 nations to the International Conference Centre in Darling Harbour, to showcase their newest technology and innovation, including long-range strike weapons, robotics, autonomous capability, and more.  More.....
12 May
Indo Pacific 2022 - Day 1: AUKUS, Submarines and ASW
Day 1 at Indo Pacific 2022, the international maritime exposition in Sydney Australia. In this video we cover AUKUS submarines, Collins-class LOTE, Speartooth L-UUV and Thales - Ocius agreement to integrate an ASW towed array on the Blue Bottle USV.

12 May
Sydney Harbour cruise on Navy minehunter inspires future leaders
Navy candidates from across Sydney and Wollongong were on the hunt for careers as maritime warfare officers this week as they took a cruise around Sydney Harbour on board Navy’s Huon-class minehunter, HMAS Gascoyne.  Defence Force Recruiting Wollongong invited seven potential Navy officers on board Gascoyne to give them a taste of life at sea, and to inspire them to continue their interest in becoming maritime warfare officers.   More.....
12 May
New maintenance model returns ships to water faster
Defence’s new approach to sustaining the Navy’s growing fleet was officially launched at the Sea Power 2022 conference this week.  The new program is called Horizon 3 and is part of Plan Galileo.  During the launch, Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm spoke about sustainment as a capability, outlined Plan Galileo’s achievements to date and said Horizon Three: Sustainment 2025 was about transitioning capabilities into the new approach so it became business as usual.  More.....
12 May
Work of nurses celebrated
Today is International Nurses Day and Defence is celebrating the extraordinary efforts of its nursing workforce, both serving and civilian.  International Nurses Day is marked annually on May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.  Head of Profession in Navy Nursing, Commander Nathan Saunders, said military service was the ultimate expression of service in healthcare.  More.....
12 May
Navy hosts largest international exercise in its history
This year’s Exercise Kakadu is expected to be the largest international maritime engagement activity hosted by the Royal Australian Navy in its history.  Exercise Kakadu has grown significantly since it began in 1993 with the involvement of four navies, 15 ships and submarines, and 2000 personnel.  The depth and history of the exercise was explored during the Sea Power 2022 conference in Sydney this week.  More.....
12 May
Tour of Navy destroyer excites potential recruits
Fifteen Australians interested in careers in the Navy learned more about the fleet’s newest air warfare destroyer, HMAS Sydney, as part of the Sea Power 2022 conference program this week.  The group, made up mainly of youth from the Wollongong region, explored the ship’s advanced maritime technology and learned what is like to serve in one of the world’s most modern navies.  Year 12 student Madeline Devitt said she was excited to begin her career in the Navy as a marine technician.  More.....
11 May
Austal to Convert Decommissioned RAN Patrol Boat into USV
Under the Patrol Boat Autonomy Trial (PBAT), announced at Indo Pacific 2022, HMAS Maitland will be overhauled to enable remote and autonomous operations.  The Armidale-class ship was just decommissioned last week.  HMAS Maitland is currently having its weapons and military systems removed ahead of being overhauled by Austal.  Once the 18-month refit is completed, it will embark on a variety of tests and trials off the Australian coast. During that phase of the program, the vessel will operate in a variety of modes, including manned, unmanned but remotely piloted, and fully autonomous.  More.....
11 May
Battle of the Coral Sea -- 80th anniversary
Australian and United States military personnel and veterans gathered at the Australian-American memorial in Blamey Square at Russell Offices in Canberra to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea (4–8 May 1942) on Friday, 06 May 2022.

11 May
Indo Pacific 2022 Walkthrough
Check out the amazing Defence Industry capability on show at Indo Pacific 2022! AB Siena Bartels and LEUT Lachlan Bourke walked through INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition today to explore the advanced tech on display.

11 May
Navy faces strategic risk of ageing capabilities
There will be much celebration of the Royal Australian Navy’s achievements at this week’s Indo-Pacific Sea Power Conference and maritime exposition.  They are significant.  Five years of Indo-Pacific Endeavour activities have demonstrated the navy’s ability to generate a robust taskforce and sustain it on extended deployments, and the upgrades to the Anzac-class frigates have provided a welcome boost to their capability.  But there are very dark clouds on the capability horizon.  We are facing the strategic risk of both of the navy’s core combat fleets ageing out before replacements arrive.  More.....
11 May
Sea Power: Nations share common vision on Indo-Pacific security
Maritime leaders from nine nations joined Australia’s Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, at the Indo-Pacific Sea Power 2022 conference in outlining common opportunities to jointly enhance maritime security in the Indo-Pacific.  Representatives from Canada, France, India, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, the United States and the United Kingdom spoke about their shared security challenges and how the navies of those countries have engaged in the Indo-Pacific.  More.....
11 May
Sea Power: Defence leaders say collaboration important for Indo-Pacific prosperity
Australia’s Defence leaders opened the Sea Power 2022 conference in Sydney on May 10, by outlining the importance of working with like-minded partners for a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific.  Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, told the record number of visiting international navies, industry representatives and Navy members that maritime security was vital to the region’s trade, travel and economic prosperity.  “Geography is the most fundamental factor in foreign policy,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.  More.....
11 May
Tongan volcano: Navy officer recalls bravery in immediate aftermath of eruption
Twenty-four hours before Ha’atafu Beach Resort in Tonga was destroyed by a tsunami, one Navy officer stood at the shoreline and renewed her marriage vows.  Lieutenant Commander Makaila Lasalo remembered the moment the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted.  “It was still daylight when we heard the first bang. I’ve never heard anything that loud in my life,” Lieutenant Commander Lasalo said.  More.....
11 May
Shared stories of HMAS Supply celebrate Indigenous sailor's culture
Seaman Skye Kinchin is in her element at sea aboard HMAS Supply, with its mantra of One ship, many stories, and is creating her own Navy story.  “Growing up in Newcastle, I loved being at the ocean and always wanted to work as part of a team in a physical hands-on role, so being a boatswain’s mate was an obvious choice,” Seaman Kinchin said.  To start her Navy career, Seaman Kinchin attended the Navy Indigenous Development Program in Cairns.  More.....
11 May
Navy psychologist wins Prince of Wales award
A desire to broaden her skills in helping young people with acute mental health conditions has resulted in mid-north coast NSW school psychologist, Julie Storok, winning a prestigious Defence award.  Ms Storok, who is also a serving Navy reservist, received a Prince of Wales Award.  The award recognises the dedication of Australian Defence Force reservists and the valued support they receive from their civilian employers through the provision of up to $8000 towards professional development.  More.....
10 May
Twelve Australian companies get to work on Hunter-class frigates
Defence firm BAE Systems Australia has revealed that twelve firms from Australia will be subcontracted to manufacture, assemble and supply thousands of valves for the first batch of three Royal Australian Navy’s Hunter-class frigates.  There are 305 types of valves in each Hunter-class frigate, and 5,273 valves per ship.  The largest valves are upwards of 400 milimeter bore size, while the smallest is 5 milimeter.  Valves are spread throughout the warship in the many different subsystems.  More.....
10 May
Australia considering next-generation US and UK designs for nuclear submarines
Australia is involved in complex negotiations to ensure that its plan to acquire eight nuclear-powered submarines doesn’t weaken the international non-proliferation regime.  The chief of the Royal Australian Navy’s nuclear-powered submarine taskforce, Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead, tells The Strategist talks are underway with the International Atomic Energy Agency to ensure the project embraces such high safety standards that it sets a rigorous new benchmark under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation Nuclear Weapons, or NPT.  More.....
10 May
Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Robert Hudspeth DSC and 2 Bars, RANVR

Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Robert Hudspeth, RANVR was one of many Royal Australian Naval personnel whose service in Royal Navy units during the darkest days of World War 2 has gone largely unnoticed in Australia. This story of the self-reliant and courageous LCDR Hudspeth who completed several hazardous missions in the then SECRET, X-Craft (midget submarine) earned him the Distinguished Service Cross and two Bars.

Kenneth Hudspeth was born in Echuca, Victoria on the Murray River on 31 March 1918.
Following the outbreak of WWII, Kenneth offered his service to the Navy and was selected as a Sub Lieutenant RANVR. His first posting being to HMAS Cerberus for induction followed by HMAS Rushcutter to undertake Anti-Submarine warfare training in the newly established school commanded by CMDR Harvey Newcomb RN.

Hudspeth was promoted LEUT RANVR on 15th January 1943 and assigned for commanding officer duties in Midget Submarine “X-Craft”. His first command was X-Craft X10.
Read his full story in our Hero section
10 May
For Australia, if it matters, it's maritime.
Video made for the SeaPower Conference at IndoPacific2022.

10 May
Navy helicopter in emergency evacuation at sea
Royal Australian Navy safely evacuated an unwell merchant mariner from the bulk carrier Sea Angel on May 4, about 200 nautical miles off the south-east coast of Victoria.  Due to the distance offshore and limited daylight, civilian emergency services were not able to conduct a medevac safely and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Response Centre requested assistance from the frigate HMAS Parramatta.  More.....
10 May
Indo Pacific 2022 opens in Sydney
A record number of Defence industry businesses and international naval delegations will participate in the Indo Pacific 2022 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney this week.  More than 700 defence industry businesses and military delegations from more than 40 nations are expected to participate in Indo Pacific 2022, which incorporates the Sea Power Conference 2022.  It is the largest conference of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.  More.....
10 May
The new Maritime Multi-Patterned Uniform
IndoPacific2022 is a great celebration and union of Defence and Industry showcasing their combined partnerships and resulting capabilities. A new working uniform – the Maritime Multi-Patterned Uniform (MMPU) is being introduced to some Sydney-based Navy people coinciding with the conference.

09 May
Adult volunteers needed to bring out the best in ADF Cadets
The Australian Defence Force needs adult volunteers to lead and inspire young people as part of the Navy, Army and Air Force Cadets. ADF Cadets is an inclusive organisation that provides opportunities for young people from a wide range of social backgrounds and abilities and is Defence’s leading youth development program, supporting 13 to 18-year-olds to thrive in a team environment, improve their communication skills, and become responsible members of their local community.

09 May
Conference focuses on regional maritime security
The closure of the Suez Canal and disruption to the global supply chain following the beaching of the Ever Given in 2021 highlighted the importance of having a stable Indo-Pacific region, according to Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan.  Vice Admiral Noonan said Australia’s trade, economy and prosperity relied on the security of the oceans in the region.  In that vein, the Royal Australian Navy will host the Indo Pacific Sea Power Conference 2022 in conjunction with the Indo Pacific 2022 International Maritime Exposition at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, from May 10-12.  The theme of the conference is Australia and the Indo-Pacific: A Commonality of Purpose More.....
09 May
Skills revved up at race track
Leading Seaman Jacob Marsden is putting his skills to the test with the Tickford Racing Supercars team, and was in the pits during the races held in Melbourne as part of this year’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix program.  Leading Seaman Marsden is one of three marine technician sailors seconded to Tickford Racing as part of the Navy industry outplacement program, which is a developmental program for technical sailors.  Tickford Racing runs five Ford Mustangs and the sailors are attached to the team for a year.  More.....
08 May
Indo Pacific 2022 - Q&A with CO HMAS Sydney, CMDR Andrew Hough
HMAS Sydney will feature as the backdrop to this year's Indo Pacific 2022 Conference in Sydney. Watch as CO HMAS Sydney, CMDR Andrew Hough talks to us about this opportunity for the ship and its company.

06 May
Anduril bets it can build 3 large autonomous subs for Aussies in 3 years
A few days before Australia’s premier naval conference begins, American company that specializes in artificial intelligence and autonomy announced a $100 million deal for the Royal Australian Navy to buy three prototypes of large autonomous submarines, raising the prospect of drone wolf packs sailing the Pacific and South China Sea.  The vessels designed byAnduril and the RAN “would also give the Australian Defence Force innovative mission options while presenting a disruptive and difficult undersea problem for any adversary,” Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said in a press release.  “This capability would potentially complement and enhance the agility and potency of the Navy’s current submarine and surface combatant force in maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.”  More.....
06 May
The rise of Australia's prize defence export
Some of the world’s largest warships are protected from missile attack by Nulka, an Australian-designed rocket that pretends to be a ship.  Its developers struggled for decades bring their ideas to fruition, until the sinking of the British guided missile destroyer HMS Sheffield in the Falklands War helped change military thinking.  On May 4, 1982, the guided-missile destroyer HMS Sheffield, part of the British taskforce during the Falklands War, was struck and heavily damaged by an Exocet sea-skimming anti-ship missile.  20 crewmen died and 26 were badly injured.  More.....
06 May
Navy Indigenous youth graduate at HMAS Cairns
The Royal Australian Navy has graduated 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sailors from the Navy Indigenous Development Program at HMAS Cairns.

05 May
Fond farewell for HMAS Maitland
Royal Australian Navy personnel from HMAS Maitland said a fond farewell to the Armidale-class patrol boat in a decommissioning ceremony at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin on Thursday, 28 April 2022 after 16 years of distinguished service.

05 May

Seeking your ideas and input to shape first-ever ESO Summit.


The Victorian Veterans Council is preparing to host the state’s first Ex-Service Organisation Summit during winter 2022. 

The one-day Summit will bring together Ex-Service Organisations from all around the state to discuss the topics and issues that matter to veterans and their families. 

The Summit is at the planning stage and we are writing to ask you to participate in an online survey, the result of which will help shape the discussion and ensure the event is veteran-centric addressing the topics that are important to veterans and their families right now. 

The survey can be found here.

Please encourage veterans and their families across your networks to complete the survey to tell us what should be discussed at the Summit. 

Also ask them to share the survey link widely so we can hear from as many veterans and family members as possible. 

Your feedback will be recorded anonymously and this survey will be open up to Tuesday 3 May.  Survey CLOSES Sunday 08 May.

For more information, please visit the Victorian Veterans Council website.

* The Victorian Veterans Council is an independent statutory body that provides advice to the Victorian Government about issues impacting the Victorian veteran community.

05 May
MMHN April 2022 Update
Greetings These are fraught times - COVID threat seems to be everywhere, the war rages in the Ukraine, the Pacific situation is somewhat uncertain, and a seemingly marathon federal election period However MMHN has Good news! MMHN is privileged to announce the...More.....
04 May
Desire to help others inspires career choice
As a sailor with a desire to help his shipmates, Seaman Harrison “Harry” Cox was well-suited to life as a maritime personnel operator (MPO) during his first trip to sea aboard replenishment ship HMAS Supply.  After joining Navy last year, Seaman Cox had the opportunity to assist the civilian population in Australian communities as part of domestic operations COVID Assist and Aged Care Assist.  Having completed high school in the small country town of Yackandandah, Victoria, which has a population of 700, Seaman Cox joined Navy through the gap year program.  More.....
04 May
Supply critical to keeping ships at sea
It is crucial for ships to be at sea and just as important to keep them there.  Replenishment ship HMAS Supply is one of Navy’s key enablers for keeping the fleet in the fight.  Supply carries fuel, water, food, dry cargo, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support to other ships or combat forces based far from ports for extended periods.

04 May
An invitation to all ship/branch associations in Melbourne.
04 May
HMAS Hobart visits Melbourne
Last week HMAS Hobart III sailed to the City of Melbourne for a port visit. The visit to Melbourne allowed the crew an opportunity to march in the city for Anzac Day and provided a respite period for the crew. Ship’s Company hosted a number of visitors across the weekend including Australian Navy Cadets, members from HMAS Cerberus Recruit School and Navy Interest Group.
Sheean Avenue
During a visit to HMAS Cerberus, Chief of Navy Australia and Warrant Officer of the Royal Australian Navy joined Mr Gary Ivory, nephew of Ordinary Seaman Edward (Teddy) Sheean, VC, in unveiling the main entrance to the base as 'Sheean Avenue'.
03 May
USS Frank Cable Visits HMAS Stirling

02 May
Discovery Channel Australia onboard HMAS Canberra -
pulling a massive ship out into Sydney

02 May
'Fat Leonard' Will Not Be a Prosecution Witness in Navy Bribery Trial
Leonard Glenn Francis, the military contractor better known as "Fat Leonard," will not be called by the prosecution to testify against five former naval officers charged with accepting bribes from him, it was revealed in court Monday.  Prosecutors did not address why they are forgoing testimony from Francis, the mastermind of the long-running conspiracy who has already pleaded guilty and been cooperating with the government for years. Nor do they have to.  More.....
02 May
Hundreds of Sailors Being Moved Off Carrier After Surge of Suicides
The commanding officer of the USS George Washington told his crew Thursday that the Navy will begin to move sailors off of the aircraft carrier following a string of suicides and complaints from service members about conditions aboard the ship, whose projected departure from the shipyards has been pushed back once again.  Capt. Brent Gaut announced that the ship will move 260 sailors "to an offsite barracks-type living arrangement on Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth" -- specifically, a Navy Gateway Inn and Suites -- starting Monday.  More.....
02 May
Indo Pacific 2022 Innovation Awards Winners Announced
Three Australian innovators have been named winners of the INDO PACIFIC 2022 Innovation Awards, worth some $30,000.  The winners include a Tasmanian SME that has developed a new fire-resistant non-combustible insulation wall panel for ships that increases protection and reduces weight; a Victorian SME that has developed the world’s first optical radar and built this into a pod that can be carried by a manned or unmanned aircraft or helicopter; and a young researcher in Perth who has led the development of a lightweight, containerised command, control and communications system for offshore exploration.  More.....
02 May
Carrier USS George Washington Mid-Life Overhaul Will Extend into 2023
The mid-life repair and refueling of carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) will extend into 2023 and last well over five and half years, according to Navy budget documents.  The service now estimates the refueling and refurbishment will finish in March of 2023, almost 19 months later than the expected August 2021 initial delivery, the service said in its recently released Fiscal Year 2023 budget material.  More.....
01 May
Maritime mystery put to rest with submarine memorial unveiling
An 80-year-old maritime mystery has finally been put to rest with the unveiling of a memorial to a Royal Navy submarine lost off Malta.  Serving Submariners from Naval Base Clyde and relatives of the crew of HMS Urge travelled to the Mediterranean island on April 27 for a memorial service recalling those who perished when the wartime submarine struck an Axis mine off the coast.  Thirty-two crew, eleven naval passengers and one civilian were lost in the tragedy.  More.....
01 May
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
May Edition.....
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