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30 September
U.S. Navy to start releasing new flame retardant uniform to the Fleet
Sailors will start receiving a new two-piece, flame retardant uniform billed as the “primary at-sea” option before the end of 2022.The U.S. Navy’s objective is to provide an “adaptable” uniform that can be worn in multiple working conditions, including surface ships, submarines and flight decks, but is also approved for use while commuting and off base, Fleet Forces Command spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Madie Hansen told Navy Times on Thursday.  More.....
29 September
Naval forces discover 22 WWII bombs in Tuvalu waters
Twenty two 500lb WWII-era Aerial Bombs have been located underwater at Nanumea in Tuvalu by members of the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy, and the US Marine Corps.  The Government of Tuvalu had requested the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to conduct a reconnaissance of reported explosive remnants of war (ERW).  With help from HMNZS Manawanui, HMNZS Matataua, the US Marine Corps and Royal Canadian Navy divers embedded with the Australians and New Zealanders. The Operation Render Safe got underway in early September.  More.....
29 September
Indo-Pacific Endeavour returns in force
Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE), has returned to full scale this year, engaging with a record 14 countries by air and sea, following two years affected by COVID-19.  IPE will conduct activities with the Maldives, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. Senior Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) representatives are meeting with senior officials in the Maldives this week to reaffirm Australia’s commitment to the Indian Ocean nation and the broader region.  More.....
29 September
Navy's largest exercise comes to a close
Exercise Kakadu 2022 has come to a close, with the theme of ‘partnership, leadership and friendship’ woven through a full program of activities in the seas and skies off Northern Australia and in Darwin from September 12-24.  Kakadu 2022 was one of the biggest iterations yet, having grown in scale and complexity over the past 30 years.  This year’s exercise involved 15 warships – including a submarine – and 34 aircraft from 22 different nations, along with more than 3000 sailors and officers.  More.....
29 September
Exercise Sea Raider 2022
Exercise SEA RAIDER 2022 certified the Amphibious Ready Unit and saw the Australian Amphibious Force train closely with the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Adelaide, as well as a beach landing force comprising of infantry, armoured vehicles, aviation and logistics elements optimised for amphibious raids and assaults.

29 September
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28 September
Minister for Veterans Affairs Matt KeoghSupporting Invictus boost veterans' sport
The Australian Government has delivered on a $9 million commitment to enable Invictus Australia to deliver a key sports program and various international military games.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said he is pleased to honour the commitment made to Invictus Australia, to support wounded, injured or ill veterans through the power of sport.  More.....
27 September
Keel laid for Australia’s fifth Arafura-class OPV
Shipbuilder Luerssen Australia has held a keel-laying ceremony for the Royal Australian Navy’s fifth Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV).  In keeping with tradition, two shipbuilders from Luerssen Australia placed the coin under the keel, alongside RADM Quinn.  The vessel will be known as HMAS Illawarra when it is commissioned.  More.....
27 September
Navy divers render safe popular Darwin waterway
A small team of Royal Australian Navy divers have rendered safe a popular commercial and recreational waterway in Darwin Harbour.  The team of five deployed from Sydney to Darwin on September 22, following the discovery of suspected unexploded ordnance (UXO) by commercial divers near the Ship Lift development site in the East Arm precinct, Darwin Harbour.  More.....
26 September
Veterans' minister apologises to military personnel over defence suicide rates after 'successive governments' failed
The veterans' affairs minister has apologised in federal parliament to serving and former military personnel who have been let down by his department and Defence over numerous decades.  He said in some cases, the policies, processes and cultures that evolved over time in Defence and the Veterans' Affairs Department had been counterproductive, "causing distress to our defence and veteran communities."  More.....
26 September
China using civilian ships to enhance navy capability, reach
A Chinese scientific ship bristling with surveillance equipment docked in a Sri Lankan port. Hundreds of fishing boats anchored for months at a time among disputed islands in the South China Sea. And ocean-going ferries, built to be capable of carrying heavy vehicles and large loads of people.  All are ostensibly civilian ships, but experts and uneasy regional governments say they are part of a Chinese civil-military fusion strategy, little concealed by Beijing, that enhances its maritime capabilities.  More.....
26 September
Flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in New York
The Royal Navy’s flagship is tonight at anchor in the shadow of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline on a high-profile visit to New York.  Four years after her debut in the Big Apple, aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth returned to the ‘city which never sleeps’ to focus on Anglo-American military, political and strategic relations.  The 65,000-tonne warship is the floating venue for the Atlantic Future Forum – a conference which brings together the brightest minds and most influential thinkers from defence and beyond to strengthen UK and US bonds.  More.....
26 September
Government response to Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide Interim Report
The Albanese Government has today responded to the 13 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide’s Interim Report. The Royal Commission’s Interim Report is the culmination of the inquiry’s work to date, encompassing over 2,000 submissions, 178 private sessions and testimony from 208 witnesses.  The Interim Report’s 13 recommendations fall within three key themes: improving the claims process, Royal Commission administration and access to information by loved ones.  The Government has implemented one of the recommendations already (recommendation 5), agreed to nine, agreed in principle to one, and noted two others.  More.....
25 September
National reunion for WRANS
A message from the Naval Association of Australia
A national reunion for WRANS, celebrating 80 years of Navy Women will be hosted in Brisbane with a ceremony at Jack Tar Memorial, Southbank on 29 September at 11am.  At the recent RIMPAC exercise, Captain Phillipa Hay of the Royal Australian Navy led Task Force One.  She was the first non-US military woman in that role.  Captain Hay was formerly the Commanding Officer of HMAS Moreton in Brisbane.  More.....
24 September
Current and former servicemembers find community, support and understanding through Military Brotherhood Motorcycle Club
Nathan 'Brick' Darvill joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2000 and had a decorated 20-year career.  But he, like many others, felt lost after leaving the military.  "The military becomes something you do every day, you're in routine, you've got the same people around you, not a lot changes from day-to-day," Mr Darvill said.  "When you leave the military, you've got an empty space."   More.....
23 September
Minister for Veterans Affairs Matt KeoghAustralia and Singapore join forces for amphibious exercise
Australia’s signature joint training exercise with the Singapore Armed Forces, Exercise Trident, is underway in Queensland.  Exercise Trident runs from 23 September to 3 October at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area and involves more than 1,600 personnel from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Singapore Armed Forces.  Royal Australian Navy Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) HMAS Adelaide will join Republic of Singapore Navy vessels RSS Persistence and RSS Endurance to project a significant landing force ashore for the exercise.   More.....
23 September
Perth missile firing right on target
Anzac-class frigate HMAS Perth displayed its capabilities and ability to integrate with partners while participating in Exercise Pacific Vanguard 2022.  Perth put ‘smoke in the air’, launching an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile to successfully engage a high-speed, unmanned aerial vehicle the frigate had tracked with its phased array radar and combat system.  The launch was part of a dual-firing exercise conducted in conjunction with the US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Barry (DDG-52), which launched an SM-2 anti-air missile.  More.....
23 September
Fleet goes all guns blazing
The fleet went ‘all guns blazing’ into the Exercise Kakadu sea phase, with six warships from six nations combining for a gun firing training activity.  Shots rang out across calm seas to Australia’s north as each ship unleashed the raw lethality of modern naval firepower with potentially devastating precision.  In scenes reminiscent of the battle fleets of yesteryear, the task group of modern frigates and destroyers formed up ‘line astern’ to take their turn firing at towed targets with the rhythmic coordination of a military drum corps.  More.....
23 September
Navy women win big
It was Navy’s night at the 2022 Women in Defence Awards, with five RAN members recognised for their outstanding achievements.  In the biggest award of the night, Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm, Head of Maritime Systems, was inducted into the Women in Defence Hall of Fame.  Navy members also received awards in the categories of engineering, research and development, technical trade, and people and culture.  More.....
21 September
Sailors struggle to remember year after Bonhomme Richard fire
More than a half dozen former crew members of the USS Bonhomme Richard gave testimony on the first day of the arson trial of a young sailor Monday, describing a harrowing, chaotic scene as they confronted an inferno on the Navy warship with shoddy equipment.  With the thick black smoke quickly enveloping the ship, many said it was difficult to know what was going on.  Now more than a year later, several of them who testified at the court martial of 21-year-old Ryan Sawyer Mays said that they are struggling to recall details from that July 12, 2020 morning, posing a challenge to the prosecution.  More.....
21 September
HMAS Castlemaine 80th Anniversary
21 September
Lockheed sells Australia 12 more Romeo sub hunters
Australia has decided to boost its sub hunter helicopter fleet to 36, buying an additional 12 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters for the Royal Australian Navy.  The finalization of the Foreign Military Sales contract, likely to be worth around $985 million USD, was announced today by Lockheed Martin.  It’s a firm fixed price deal for the aircraft and a wide array of weapons, spare engines and a range of other equipment, according to the congressional notification of the sale published in October last year.  More.....
20 September
U.S. Carrier Reagan to Visit Busan, Drill with South Korean Navy as Tensions with North Korea Increase
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group will arrive in South Korea on Friday in preparation for large-scale joint naval exercises with Seoul amid concerns mount over North Korea’s likely resumption of nuclear weapons testing, according to local reports.  “By conducting combined drills, the navies of the two countries plan to strengthen their military readiness and demonstrate the firm resolve of the South Korea-U.S. alliance for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” the Republic of Korea Navy said in a statement.  More.....
20 September
Sailor accused of igniting USS Bonhomme Richard puts fate in judge
The young sailor accused of one of the military’s worst noncombat ship disasters on Monday agreed to put his fate in the hands of a lone Navy judge who will decide whether he ignited the USS Bonhomme Richard in 2020 — or as the defense suggests, there may not have been arson at all.  Ryan Sawyer Mays waived his right to a jury and told Capt. Derek Butler that he wants him to rule at the end of the court martial, which started Monday at Naval Base San Diego.  More.....
20 September
Australia’s first Hunter-class frigate to be operational in 2031
The expected time frame for the first of the Australian Navy’s Hunter-class frigates is 2031, acting Prime Minister and defence minister Richard Marles revealed.  Defence minister Marles unveiled the information during the visit to BAE Systems’ shipyard in Govan, Glasgow, where British Type 26 frigates are being built.  The minister visited the shipyard to see the progress on the first Type 26, HMS Glasgow.  Australia’s Hunter-class frigates are based on the design of the Royal Navy’s Type 26s.  More.....
20 September
Sea training under way in Kakadu 2022
While people across the globe have come together to mourn Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the nearly 3000 people gathered in Darwin for Exercise Kakadu 2022 have also honoured the Queen’s example by strengthening international bonds of friendship.  The Royal Australian Navy’s biennial international engagement activity – involving 16 warships, a submarine, more than 30 aircraft and 3000 participants from more than 20 countries – began on September 12 with the arrival of 15 vessels in Darwin Harbour.  More.....
20 September
Kakadu participants stand with Malaysia
About 3000 people from more than 20 countries gathered in Darwin for Exercise Kakadu 2022 and took a moment to recognise Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) Day on September 16.  Armed Forces Day is a day of appreciation for the armed services that protect its sovereignty. On September 16, the MAF celebrated its formation, which coincides with Malaysia Day.  More.....
20 September
An emotional farewell to the Queen
In an emotional farewell to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 39 members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), along with troops from Canada and New Zealand, led the Queen’s funeral procession through the streets of London.  Leading Seaman Cameron Green, from Australia’s Federation Guard, said he was nervous, excited and humbled by the experience.  “We worked so hard together over the past week to make sure we got this right. I’d like to think the Queen would have been pleased,” Leading Seaman Green said.  More.....
19 September
Sailor who died at Pearl Harbor to be buried at Arlington
The remains of a sailor from Massachusetts who died when the USS Oklahoma was struck by multiple torpedoes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 are being buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.  The interment comes more than 80 years after the attack that drew the U.S. into World War II and nearly four years after the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Roman W. Sadlowski, of Pittsfield, had been accounted for using advanced DNA and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.  More.....
17 September
Fighting Fitz recently wrapped up its first post-collision deployment
Five years ago, any sailor, veteran or Navy watcher would have been understandably skeptical of the guided-missile destroyer Fitzgerald ever returning to operations.  A collision with the cargo ship ACX Crystal off Japan on June 17, 2017, killed seven crewmembers in their berthing quarters.  It left the warship with a 13-by-17-foot hole in its starboard side, spanning several decks, and the commanding officer’s quarters had been obliterated as well.  More.....
17 September
China’s New Extra-Large Submarine Drones Revealed
China's naval expansion may have a key program which was not previously reported. Secretly deployed to the South China Sea, two unknown underwater vehicles have been seen at Sanya naval base.  This may be the first indication of a much larger program. The U.S. Navy and Royal Navy are both pursuing extra-large uncrewed underwater vehicles (XLUUVs).  These drone submarines are widely seen as a key part of tomorrow’s fleet.  And the early movers may have a significant advantage.  More.....
17 September
Royal Family says thank you to ADF members
The Prince and Princess of Wales have expressed their gratitude to ADF members training for Monday’s funeral service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Their Royal Highnesses conducted an unofficial visit to the Pirbright Army Barracks, south west of London, to personally thank Commonwealth troops from Australia, Canada and New Zealand for being part of the funeral ceremony.  More.....
16 September
AUKUS will deliver the potent military Australia needs: Marles
The prospect of the Royal Australian Navy’s promised nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) being built in Australia is firming up, along with a determination that they will be of a design shared with the United States or the United Kingdom and not a uniquely Australian ‘orphan’.  Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles has left no doubt that the government strongly backs the submarine project—including development of the massive industrial base and highly trained workforce required—and the need for Australia to have potent military capabilities.  More.....
16 September
Policy, Guns and Money: Is AUKUS too big to fail?
In this episode, ASPI executive director Justin Bassi speaks with Becca Wasser, defence fellow and head of the Gaming Lab at the Center for a New American Security. Wasser says AUKUS is such an essential show of commitment between friends and allies that its failure would mean the failure of the US national defence strategy and potentially of the very idea of integrated deterrence.
16 September
Honoured to take part
Slow-marching through the streets of London in a dress rehearsal for next week’s royal funeral procession is an experience one Australian sailor won’t forget.  Leading Seaman Avionics Technician Cameron Green, from Hobart, is a member of Australia’s Federation Guard.  He’s in London as part of the Australian contingent contributing to the Commonwealth forces who will be marching in the funeral procession for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.  More.....
16 September
Relationships are key to submarine success
When the Government announced Australia would acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, it could not have felt closer to home for two Navy submariners.  On September 16, 2021, the Australian, British and United States leaders announced the AUKUS enhanced trilateral security partnership.  They said AUKUS would build on the three nations’ longstanding relationships and enable deeper cooperation, including on security and defence capabilities.  More.....
16 September
Minister for Veterans Affairs Matt KeoghVeteran service honoured through local grants
Community organisations across the nation will receive funding from the Australian Government to deliver projects honouring our nation’s veterans and safeguard Australia’s military history.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said an impressive range of projects would receive funding under the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.  “The Australian Government is providing over $400,000 to more than 50 community organisations who have come forward with proposals dedicated to commemorating the service and sacrifice of our service personnel, veterans and families,” Minister Keogh said.  More.....
16 September
Minister for Veterans Affairs Matt KeoghSchools awarded for honouring peacekeepers
Schools around the nation have been praised for their creative projects honouring Australian peacekeepers as part of the annual Anzac Day Schools’ Awards. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said the national competition is an exciting opportunity for students to engage with veterans and learn more about Australia’s wartime history.  “This year’s theme was chosen to complement the 75th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in international peacekeeping operations, which we commemorated this week,” Minister Keogh said.  More.....
15 September
An honour and privilege
Memories of Queen Elizabeth II will be cherished by the many privileged to meet and mix with her during her reign. One of those was the Royal Australian Navy’s Captain Mark McConnell.
In 1986, I had the privilege of being selected as part of a team of young Navy sailors to embark on HMY Britannia.  One of my main roles was to lead the Royal Piping Party for all embarkations and disembarkations of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.  More.....
15 September
Naval officers' royal day to remember
Three naval officers have recalled their unforgettable experience of the day new Parliament House opened and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II inspected the Guard.  Captains Jayne Craig and Paul Scott, supported by Commander Catherine Bryant, volunteered their service to be a part of the Guard on the day the Queen opened Parliament House in 1988.  More.....
15 September
LCS Coronado decommissioned after less than 9 years of active service
The littoral combat ship Coronado was decommissioned in San Diego Wednesday, less than nine years after the pricey ship entered active service.  It was commissioned in 2014 and saw its first deployment in 2016, cut short after it suffered an engineering casualty and had to return to Hawaii.  The following year, Coronado’s embarked crew was marooned in Singapore after revised LCS training standards left the Navy without a qualified crew to rotate aboard.  More.....
14 September
Australian new defence vessel kicks off maiden voyage
The Pacific support vessel, Australian defence vessel (ADV) Reliant commenced its inaugural deployment from Cairns on 13 September, to further enhance Australia’s support to the Pacific security.  On its first deployment, Reliant will carry three containers of humanitarian and disaster response stores.  The vessel is expected to enhance Australia’s ability to work with the country’s Pacific partners and Timor-Leste.  More.....
14 September
Melbourne Maritime Heritage NetworkMMHN September 2022 Update
Is the maritime industry sector in decline in Australia?

Alarming, yet at the same heartening, to note increasing reference in the mainstream media about the decline in Australia’s maritime capability.  MMHN and our affiliated association Off Shore Specialist Ships Australia (OSSA) have identified the downward trajectory of this key industry sector and have pressed both state and federal governments to step-up.  MMHN recommends listening to a recent ABC radio Conversation Hour which delves into the lives of seafarers.  More.....
14 September
Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor is laid to rest, at last
A 21-year-old sailor was laid to rest Tuesday following a decades-long effort to identify remains pulled from Pearl Harbor, more than 80 years after he was killed in the attack that propelled the United States into World War II.  Members of Herbert “Bert” Jacobson’s family waited all their lives to attend a memorial for the young man they knew about but never met. Jacobson was among the more than 400 sailors and Marines killed on the USS Oklahoma during the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  More.....
14 September
Tell Your Story - Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

14 September

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13 September
US Navy’s EPF 13 wraps up acceptance trials
The future USNS Apalachicola (EPF 13), the US Navy’s 13th Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport (EPF) has completed acceptance trials and unmanned logistics prototype trials.  Acceptance Trials consists of a series of in-port and at-sea demonstrations that allow the navy and the shipbuilder, Austal USA, to assess the ship’s systems and readiness prior to delivery to the navy.  More.....
13 September
Minister for Veterans Affairs Matt Keogh75 years of Australian Peacekeeping
Australia’s reputation as a global citizen will be commemorated tomorrow in Canberra with a service recognising the 75th anniversary of our involvement in peacekeeping operations to be broadcast live on the ABC.  The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Matt Keogh MP said more than 66,000 Australian men and women have served in more than 60 international peacekeeping operations since 1947, and tragically 16 have lost their lives while serving.  More.....
13 September
HMAS Canberra Regional Presence Deployment
Royal Australian Navy ships across two task groups have conducted
regional presence deployments throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

13 September
Navy Indigenous Development Program
Recruits from the Navy Indigenous Development Program course 17 graduated in a
Ceremony in Cairns, Queensland on 27 June 2022.

12 September
A 96 gun salute to mark the passing of Her Majesty the Queen

12 September
Innovation in Space for Advantage on Earth
BAE Systems is set to launch its first multi-sensor satellite cluster into low Earth orbit in 2024 to deliver high-quality information and intelligence in real time from space to military customers.  Known as Azalea™, the group of satellites will use a range of sensors to collect visual, radar and radio frequency (RF) data, which will be analysed by on board machine learning on edge processors to deliver the resulting intelligence securely, anywhere in the world while still in orbit.

12 September
Danish Training Ship Hits LCS USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul in Baltimore Harbor
A Danish training ship hit one of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships in the Baltimore Inner Harbor on Sunday, USNI News has learned.  The Royal Danish Navy’s Danmark hit USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS-21) while the Freedom-class LCS was parked at the Baltimore pier for Fleet Week. No U.S. sailors were injured during the incident, according to the Navy.  Video of the incident shows the jibboom of the sailing ship crunching into the bow of the LCS.

10 September
Exercise Kakadu begins in Darwin
Exercise Kakadu 2022 (KA22) is set to be one of the biggest yet.  There will be more than 15 vessels, more than 30 aircraft and around 3,000 personnel from more than 20 countries participating in the exercise that begins Monday, 12 September 2022.  KA22 is a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) led exercise supported by the Royal Australian Air Force.  The exercise is the RAN’s flagship biennial regional International engagement activity and has grown in size and complexity since its inception in 1993.  More.....
09 September
Minister for Veterans Affairs Matt KeoghDefence to honour Her Majesty the Queen
Defence will undertake important ceremonial duties to honour the life and death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Defence has a long, proud association with Her Majesty who held a number of Honorary Military Appointments with the Australian Defence Force.  The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, The Hon Richard Marles MP, said the Queen dedicated her life to service of the entire Commonwealth and will be revered and remembered for generations to come.  More.....
09 September
A Toast to the Queen.....
Ian Coate - Artist / Illustrator has produced this great piece honouring Queen Elizabeth II.

08 September
R_U_O_K? Day
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08 September
What have the AUKUS partners spent the last year doing?
The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia have spent the last year discussing in detail the capabilities that each partner of the so-called AUKUS agreement will bring to the table for a future Australian nuclear-powered attack submarine, according to the undersecretary of the U.S. Navy.  Speaking at the Defense News Conference on Wednesday, Erik Raven said he doesn’t have submarine design announcements yet, but could say the three nations are focused on “how to get there in the smartest way to make sure this partnership pays dividends well into the future.”  More.....
08 September
Forces combine for firepower mission
In the seas off the tropical island of Guam, five nations have again combined to test their maritime warfare skills during Exercise Pacific Vanguard 2022, with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) achieving successful missile firings.  The guided-missile destroyer HMAS Sydney and the Anzac-class frigate HMAS Perth joined ships and aircraft from the Royal Canadian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Navy and the United States Navy for the biennial integrated air and missile defence exercise.  More.....
07 September
Britain’s flagship heads for the USA ahead of autumn on European operations
Britain’s flagship leaves Portsmouth today bound for the United States – and ahead of an autumn on operations and exercises in European waters.  In the coming months, HMS Queen Elizabeth will be at the heart of a powerful task group made up of thousands of sailors, up to ten ships, F-35B Lightning jets, helicopter squadrons and Royal Marines Commandos which will operate across Europe this autumn.  More.....
07 September
Chief Petty Officer Cook Robert Havelock BLAND BEM

Robert ‘Bob’ Havelock Bland was born in Balmain, Sydney on 5 May 1903, the sixth child of Thomas George Bland, a locally born watchmaker and jeweller, and his wife Mary Hamilton, née Stewart, who came from Scotland. Bob was apprenticed to a blacksmith, but on 14 April 1921 he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as an assistant cook (having lied about his age claiming he was born in 1902). He was 5ft 7ins (170cm) tall with auburn hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion.

His initial service was at HMAS Cerberus where he was rated as a Cook on 14 February 1922. In April 1922 he was posted to the Sydney depot ship HMAS Penguin where he served during 1922-24 before joining the destroyer tender HMAS Platypus in September 1924.

Bland was posted to:
RAN College (Jervis Bay) during 1926-27,
Cerberus 1927-28, where he was promoted to Petty Officer Cook on 1 July 1927,
the sloop HMAS Marguerite 1928-29,
Penguin 1929-30,
bbefore joining the heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra in June 1930.

He was to serve in her for the next five years during which time the ship operated mainly in Australian and New Zealand waters with occasional visits to New Guinea, New Caledonia and the Netherlands East Indies. On 30 October 1935 he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer Cook and posted to the destroyer HMAS Vendetta.

His story is continued in our Heroes Section.....
07 September
Navy Band brings music to the outback
Royal Australian Navy (RAN) sailors from both South Australia and the Northern Territory reinvigorated a long-standing tradition this August, converging on Alice Springs to take part in the only dry riverbed regatta in the world.  Sailors from HMAS Coonawarra and members of Royal Australian Navy Band South Australia took part in the iconic Henley on Todd Regatta as part of the Navy Community Engagement Program (NCEP), and whilst in town, took part in a Vietnam Veterans Day Memorial.

06 September
Defence personnel across Australia roll up their sleeves
Defence personnel across Australia are rolling up their sleeves between 1 September and 8 December for the 2022 Defence Blood Challenge.

06 September
HMAS Canberra & Supply return to Australia
Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Canberra and Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship HMAS Supply returned to their homeport of Fleet Base East, Sydney on Sunday 04 September 2022 after a three month regional presence deployment.

06 September
Minister for Veterans Affairs Matt Keogh80th Anniversary of the Battle For Australia
Tomorrow, 80 years after the Battle for Australia, we recognise all those who defended our country during the Second World War, at home and in land, air and sea battles to our north.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said the Battle for Australia Day commemorates the courage and service of all those who contributed to an enormous national war effort as Australia came under attack.  More.....
05 September
Chinese, Russian Warships Hold Live Fire Drills off Japan as Part of Vostok 2022
Russian and Chinese warships have been conducting drills around Japan since Friday as part of the Russian military’s Vostok 2022 strategic drills that ends on Wednesday.  In a release on Saturday, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was taking part in the exercise with a surface action group including destroyer CNS Nanchang (101), frigate CNS Yancheng (546) and replenishment ship CNS Dongpinghu (902).  The warships conducted a live fire anti-aircraft drill in the Sea of Japan on Friday, according to Japanese officials.  More.....
05 September
War Widows Guild Health and Wellbeing Program
A message from Australian War Widows NSW Ltd
Would you like to relax, have fun and be active in mind and body? Join our interactive and friendly online community.  Our Health and Wellbeing Program allows you to enjoy online classes, stay connected and meet other war widows and veteran families all from the comfort of your home. Importantly, participation isn’t limited to NSW! So, widows and veteran families from around the country can join in and you don’t need to be a member of a war widows organisation either.  More.....
05 September
A vessel Pacific partners can rely on
A vessel that will support Australia’s Pacific family through an almost constant presence has joined the Royal Australian Navy fleet ahead of the 2022 high-risk weather season.  A flag raising was conducted in Brisbane, where the vessel will be based.  Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Mark Hammond said the offshore-capable vessel will respond to Australia’s Pacific partners’ needs and requests, including for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.  More.....
05 September
Home for Father's Day
The families of hundreds of ADF personnel lined the wharf at Fleet Base East on Father’s Day to welcome home their loved ones from a three-month deployment.  HMA Ships Canberra and Supply both returned to their home port from busy regional presence deployments that included participation in the world’s largest maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 in Hawaii.  More.....
02 September
Australian Signals Directorate 50-cent coin code cracked by Tasmanian 14yo in 'just over an hour'
A 14-year-old boy has cracked four levels of code imprinted on a commemorative 50-cent coin released by the nation's foreign intelligence cybersecurity agency.  The limited-edition commemorative coin was released on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), with only 50,000 minted for the occasion.  More.....
02 September
Navy partnering with CAE Australia to revolutionise training
The Royal Australian Navy will employ innovative new training systems as part of a plan to grow its workforce to more than 20,000 people by 2040.  The new Navy Training Force Platforms and Systems Training Contract with CAE Australia will deliver essential platform and system training to Navy personnel ashore, to enable effective Navy capability at sea.  More.....
02 September
U.S. Navy Statement on Iranian Incident in Red Sea
The U.S. Navy intercepted an Iranian warship that seized and detained two U.S. unmanned surface vessels operated by U.S. 5th Fleet in the Red Sea, Sept. 1, two days after Iran was unsuccessful in seizing a similar vessel in the Arabian Gulf.  Jamaran (FFLG 76), an Islamic Republic of Iran Navy ship, seized two Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessels operating near one another in international waters before returning the vessels to the U.S. Navy the next day.  More.....
02 September
Indian Navy’s new ensign unveiled: how it looks, what it means
In a bid to do away the “colonial past”, the Saint George’s Cross has been removed from the Indian Navy’s new flag.  Instead, it now features the national emblem with the Tricolour on the upper canton.  The Indian Navy’s new ensign was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kochi on Friday, on the sidelines of the commissioning of INS Vikrant, the country’s first Indigenously Aircraft Carrier (IAC-1).  More.....
02 September
Indian Navy commissions indigenous aircraft carrier “INS Vikrant”
India commissioned the first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, with a ceremony held in Cochin Shipyard on 02 September 2022.  Showcasing the country’s growing prowess of indigenous manufacturing and a major milestone in the path towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi commissioned the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) on September 02, 2022.  More.....
01 September
Policy, Guns and Money: Palmer Luckey brings tech disruption to defence
In this special episode, ASPI’s Marcus Hellyer speaks to Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus VR and Anduril Industries, and Shane Arnott, Anduril Industries’ chief engineer.  They discuss defence industry, improving defence procurement, and bringing a Silicon Valley approach to deliver capabilities faster.

01 September
Veterans' Affairs August Magazine flipbook

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01 September
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
September Edition.....
01 September
Minister for Veterans Affairs Matt KeoghAustralia welcomes submarine training opportunity from UK
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon. Richard Marles was hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace at the commissioning of HMS Anson at BAE Systems, Barrow.  As part of our AUKUS partnership, Prime Minister Johnson and Secretary Wallace announced the training of Royal Australian Navy submariners aboard the newly commissioned HMS Anson, an Astute-Class submarine.  More.....
How US Navy Drops MASSIVE Aircraft Carrier Anchor at Full Speed

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