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30 April
BROADSIDE - April 2023 Edition
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27 April
ADF personnel commemorate Anzac Day across Australia

27 April
Strengthening Australia's Northern Bases
The Government will bolster investment in Australia’s northern bases, committing $3.8 billion over the next four years.  A key priority area identified in response to the Defence Strategic Review is improving the ability of the Australian Defence Force to operate from Australia’s northern bases.    In order to realise this, the Government has directed Defence to deliver upgrades and development of the northern bases network as a matter of priority, including:  More.....
26 April
NRL team celebrates Navy submariners
The South Sydney Rabbitohs celebrated Navy submariners in an Anzac Round NRL match by wearing a submarine-themed jersey and hosting a substantial Navy contingent.  Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Hammond, who led the contingent, said it was a privilege to have a high-performance team acknowledge the men and women who serve in submarines.  “Russell Crowe designed the jersey and he specifically wanted to shine a light on the silent service this year,” Vice Admiral Hammond said.  More.....
26 April
Anzac Day dawns in Villers-Bretonneux
At dawn on Anzac Day 1918, Australian soldiers played a vital role in retaking the town of Villers-Bretonneux from German forces for the second time.  Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Mark Hammond delivered the Call to Remembrance during the Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial, which now stands on the site of the battle.  As Anzac Day dawned, it became clear that the decisive actions of the Australian 13th and 15th Brigades assisted the allies in retaking the township of Villers-Bretonneux.  More.....
26 April
Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and United States Fleet Commanders Conduct Roundtable Discussion
Naval leaders from Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and the United States convened for an exchange of ideas on operational topics aboard the helicopter training ship ROKS Hansando (ATH-81), April 20-21.  The meeting provided a forum to engage in professional dialogues on regional security challenges and maritime operations.  Fleet Commanders’ Roundtable (FCRT) 2023 included:  Royal Australian Navy Commander, Australian Fleet Rear Adm. Chris Smith; Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Commander In Chief, Self-Defense Fleet Vice Adm. SAITO Akira; Republic of Korea Navy, Commander, Republic of Korea Fleet Vice Adm. Kim Myung-soo; and U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Karl Thomas.  More.....
26 April
Moving service led by royalty
About 1000 people attended the service led by the Prince of Wales including the High Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand, and the First Sea Lord at the Australian War Memorial in London.  The head of the Australian Defence Staff in the United Kingdom, Brigadier Grant Mason, said the service was a moving one.  “No matter where in the world we are, it’s important that we pause on April 25 and acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of our current and former service men and women.  “It’s also important to remember all those others including our diplomats and allies who have served alongside us,” Brigadier Mason said.  More.....
26 April
Standing together as friends and allies
Australia's Federation Guard paraded at the Canakkale Martyrs' Memorial on the Gallipoli Pensinula on the eve of Anzac day, as part of the Türkiye commemoration to mark the Gallipoli land battles.  The Federation Guard marched behind Turkish troops, joined by a contingent from the New Zealand Defence Force and Turkish veterans.  The Türkiye commemoration was one of three held on Anzac Day eve, the others being a commemoration by France held at the French Military Cemetery and a Commonwealth service held at the Cape Helles Memorial.  More.....
26 April
Australia’s Federation Guard at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux

26 April
First port of call significant for HMAS Anzac
The ship’s company of HMAS Anzac commemorated Anzac Day in Singapore during the first overseas port visit of their regional presence deployment.  Anzac personnel commemorated the day by participating in a sombre ceremony at the Kranji War Cemetery and Memorial alongside personnel from the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions Singapore, Singapore Armed Forces and other senior military officials.  For Leading Seaman Communication Information Systems Kylie Regenfelder, there were many things to think about on Anzac Day.  “Being on Anzac for Anzac Day is really special,” she said.  More.....
25 April
Retired US admiral who has previously advised Australia on shipbuilding to lead fresh review of navy's warship fleet
A former US admiral, who has previously chaired Australia's expert shipbuilding advisory panel, has been handed a new job leading another review of the navy's warship fleet to ensure it "complements" the new AUKUS nuclear-powered submarines.  Retired US Vice Admiral William H Hilarides will conduct the fresh analysis with Australia's former finance secretary Rosemary Huxtable, and former Australian fleet commander, retired Vice-Admiral Stuart Mayer.  The latest study is a recommendation from the Defence Strategic Review (DSR), with the Albanese government insisting the "independent" work will be "short and sharp" and its findings delivered before the end of the year.  More.....
24 April
Navy set for major shake-up, just in a couple of months’ time
The government has released its long-awaited Defence Strategic Review, with major impacts across the Australian Defence Force, yet Navy is set for another review to shape its future force structure.  As an island nation, Australia’s sovereignty, security, and prosperity is intrinsically linked to our maritime surrounds and the uncontested and unmolested access to the global maritime commons.  Recognising this fundamental strategic and tactical reality, the Albanese government’s Defence Strategic Review has moved to reshape the Royal Australian Navy into a flexible, future-proofed force capable of meeting the tactical and strategic operational requirements placed upon the service by the nation’s policy makers.  More.....
24 April
Ken Potts, one of last USS Arizona survivors, dies at 102
Ken Potts, one of the last two remaining survivors of the USS Arizona battleship, which sank during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, has died. He was 102.  Howard Kenton Potts died Friday at the home in Provo, Utah, that he shared with his wife of 66 years, according to Randy Stratton, whose late father, Donald Stratton, was Potts’ Arizona shipmate and close friend.  Stratton said Potts “had all his marbles” but lately was having a hard time getting out of bed. When Stratton spoke to Potts on his birthday, April 15, he was happy to have made it to 102.  More.....
24 April
Explorers find WWII ship sunk with over 1,000 Allied POWs
A team of explorers announced it found a sunken Japanese ship that was transporting Allied prisoners of war when it was torpedoed off the coast of the Philippines in 1942, resulting in Australia’s largest maritime wartime loss with a total of 1,080 lives.  The wreck of the Montevideo Maru was located after a 12-day search at a depth of over 4000 meter (13,120 feet) — deeper than the Titanic — off Luzon island in the South China Sea, using an autonomous underwater vehicle with in-built sonar.  More.....
24 April
For kin and country
Able Seaman Tammy Vaughn will realise a childhood dream when she marches out as a member of the catafalque party at the Australian National Memorial site in Villers-Bretonneux, France, on Anzac Day.  Able Seaman Vaughn, from Wagga Wagga, NSW, will be one of four sentries guarding one of Australia’s most sacred memorial sites during the Dawn Service.  She joined the Navy five years ago as a Gap Year sailor, but her passion for drill was sparked at Army cadets while still at school.  She would watch the dawn services each year on TV and was in awe of the ceremonial guardsmen in their pristine uniforms.  More.....
24 April
Sailor’s story inspires for years to come
More than 70 years after Able Seaman Ernest Albert Booth was killed in the sinking of HMAS Sydney II, his great niece Sub-Lieutenant Mary Booth joined the Navy.  But it wasn’t until her appointment that Sub-Lieutenant Booth felt the full weight of her great uncle’s sacrifice.  “I didn’t understand the significance of Sydney II until I joined,” Sub-Lieutenant Booth said.  “Able Seaman Booth was an older brother to my grandpa and one of 16 siblings.  “I found out he served on Sydney II for only three months before it sunk in battle.”  More.....
21 April
A picture worth a thousand words
Though her great-uncle was gone well before she was born, Lieutenant Commander Ashleigh Payne was always aware of his presence, through a photo in her grandparents’ house.  This year, as part of her staff course at the Australian War College, Lieutenant Commander Payne will travel to the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Lae, Papua New Guinea, and visit the grave of Leading Aircraftman James Geoffrey Payne for the first time.  Leading Aircraftman Payne was born April 21, 1915, and grew up around Tempe, working for his family’s fruit business as a barrowman.  More.....
21 April
Honour lines the streets
A World War 2 veteran has lived a story worth telling and continues to make his mark.  For the last three years, John Edwin ‘Jack’ Bartlett has held his own Anzac Day parade on Chapman Crescent at Avoca Beach, NSW.*  Mr Bartlett hadn’t missed a march since the end of WW2, so when COVID-19 cancelled the ceremony in 2020 the spritely veteran arranged his own, down the street where he lives with his daughter.  A family friend, Daune Coogan, spread word of Mr Bartlett’s march around, encouraging people to cheer him on, and said the community response was overwhelming.  More.....
21 April
Nasho vet looks back fondly
They have been called the ‘quiet generation’.  They were born just before or during WW2, when their country was at war and when their fathers, uncles and brothers were away fighting for Australia’s way of life.  This is the generation of young men who were all required to serve in National Service from 1951 to 1959, then again 1965 to 1973.  Their service added a new word to Australia’s lexicon.  They were ‘nashos’.  In the first National Service Scheme, men aged 18 were called up for training in the Navy, Army and Air Force.  A total of 287,000 served in 52 intakes. Only 6300 of them went into the Navy.  More.....
19 April
Unmanned Surface Vessel Transits Strait of Hormuz with U.S. Coast Guard
An unmanned surface vessel from U.S. 5th Fleet transited the Strait of Hormuz with two U.S. Coast Guard cutters, April 19, demonstrating the continued operational integration of unmanned and artificial intelligence systems by U.S. maritime forces in the Middle East.  USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141) and USCGC John Scheuerman (WPC 1146) transited one of the world’s most strategically important straits with an L3 Harris Arabian Fox MAST-13 unmanned surface vessel. The three vessels sailed south from the Arabian Gulf and through the narrow Strait of Hormuz before entering the Gulf of Oman.  More.....
18 April
Meritorious recognition for veterans who served in Somalia
Australian Defence Force personnel who served in Somalia in the 1990s performed extraordinary work in very challenging conditions.  The Australian Government has accepted the independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal recommendations for unit recognition for Australian Defence Force (ADF) service in Somalia.  The Tribunal recommended the award of a Meritorious Unit Citation for the following ADF units who served in Somalia between 1992 and 1995:
* The four UNISOM Australian Service Contingents (ASC) - ASC I, ASC II, ASC III and ASC IV
* 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment Group and
* HMAS Tobruk.  More.....
18 April
Sovereign partners in full force
The Royal Australian Navy Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit (MGWU) took part in a Royal New Zealand Navy-led exercise, providing both nations an opportunity to exchange professional techniques.  As lead planner of Exercise Anchorite, HMNZS Matataua provides an annual opportunity for their Military Hydrographic Group (MHG) to train in a wide range of environments.  MGWU were invited to attend multi-beam echo sounder operations in Port Underwood with the MHG Survey Search and Rescue Team and operations on Great Barrier Island with the MHG Mine Countermeasures Team.  More.....
17 April
International meeting could imperil Pentagon’s radar, intel-gathering systems
In the run up to this year’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) rule-making summit, global pressure is growing to turn over radio frequency spectrum now reserved for radar and satellite systems to wireless telecommunications, especially 5G — raising the risk that Pentagon access for its ever-growing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance needs will be curtailed.  The 193-nation ITU will debate changes to the rules allocating spectrum bands at its Nov. 20-Dec. 15 World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-23) in Dubai.  While each member country has the right to regulate RF spectrum use inside its borders — in the US, this occurs via the semi-independent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — the ITU manages usage that crosses borders to prevent interference and ensure that all nations have equal access.  More.....
17 April
Commodore embarks on new chapter
A day of joint celebration for Army and Navy personnel was even more memorable for Commodore Guy Holthouse as he was presented with his Federation Star.  Chief Nuclear Powered Submarine Taskforce Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead presented the Federation Star to Commodore Holthouse at Brindabella Park, Canberra, in March.  The day held extra significance for Commodore Holthouse as he bid farewell to full-time service after a long and distinguished career.  More.....
17 April
Team Australia named for Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023
31 athletes will represent Australia at this year’s Invictus Games in Dusseldorf Germany this September.  Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs, The Hon Matt Keogh MP, said the combined Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Invictus Australia team, was a credit to the nation.  “On behalf of all of us sport-loving Australians, I wholeheartedly congratulate all the incredible members of Team Australia, who will not only represent our country at this year's Games, they will represent all those who have served our nation in our ADF,” Minister Keogh said.   More.....
16 April
Largest ever Exercise Talisman Sabre to be held in Australia
Australia will host the largest ever Exercise Talisman Sabre this year across northern Australia, with approximately 30,000 military personnel to participate, almost double the number involved in 2021.  Now in its tenth iteration, Talisman Sabre is the largest bilateral combined training activity between the Australian Defence Force and United States military, reflecting the closeness of our Alliance.  Confirmed participating partner nations in Talisman Sabre 2023 include Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, France, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany.   More.....
14 April
Austal and Saildrone join forces on uncrewed surface vehicles
Austal Australia and Saildrone have entered an teaming agreement to jointly identify opportunities to collaborate on the manufacture of Saildrone Surveyor, in Australia, for deployments in the Indo-Pacific region.  Saildrone Surveyor USV is 20 meters long and designed specifically for deep ocean mapping and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications, above and below the surface.  Saildrone is specializing uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), having amassed nearly 1 million miles and 25,000 days at sea with its 120-strong fleet.ustal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.   More.....
13 April
U.S. Navy begins long haul to inactivate second nuclear-powered carrier Nimitz
The Navy this month began planning the years-long ordeal to defuel and dispose of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Nimitz (CVN-68), only the second ship of its kind to undergo that process.  The fiscal 2024 budget request extends the Nimitz’s service life by 13 months, from April 2025 to May 2026, a Navy spokeswoman told Breaking Defense.  But the disposal process for a massive warship, commissioned in 1975, that has long carried nuclear reactors requires the service to begin planning years in advance.  More.....
13 April
US Navy aims to field manned-unmanned fleet within 10 years
The U.S. Navy plans to operate a fleet of crewed and unmanned platforms within the next 10 years — an ambitious timeline that will require the service to quickly develop and mature autonomous systems, while ensuring confidence in the technology.  In the air, for example, the Next Generation Air Dominance family of systems set to replace the Super Hornet fighter fleet will include a combination of the piloted F/A-XX fighter with drones dubbed loyal wingmen.  This is something the Navy already budgeted for, even as it’s only barely scratched the surface of testing how a large UAV can interact with the air wing.  More.....
13 April
Sailor’s killer to be removed from Arlington thanks to new law
After 30 years in a place of honor at Arlington National Cemetery, the remains of a former Navy lieutenant who kidnapped and murdered a sailor who rebuffed his attentions will be disinterred.  Former Lt. Andrew Chabrol secured above-ground burial for himself in the nation’s most revered veterans’ cemetery while awaiting his execution by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1993 for the murder of Petty Officer 2nd Class Melissa Harrington.  More.....
13 April
Advising among the atolls
Chief Petty Officer Lyndon Quirke counts his current posting as one of the most rewarding and challenging roles of his 33-year career.  He is two years into a three-year posting as Technical Adviser to the Kiribati Police Service (KPS) Maritime Unit, which has included patrols to the Line Islands and the Phoenix Islands.  These patrols included humanitarian assistance and disaster relief deliveries to outer islands, which had run low on food and essentials and a search-and-rescue in the Line Islands.  More.....
12 April
Anzacs reach next generation through new app
Warrant Officer Bruce Harvey was humbled to be featured alongside a VC recipient in an extended reality app that immerses users in military history.  Comet Bay College, in West Australia’s Secret Harbour, was involved in developing the ANZAC XR app and launched it to a small gathering of state government representatives, Defence veterans and ADF personnel on April 5.  ANZAC XR is a free, interactive app which uses the latest augmented reality (AR) technology to transport users to historic locations of military significance, and get up close and personal with Australian heroes, military vehicles and equipment.  More.....
12 April
Turning up the heat with new technology
Navy has trialled a new firefighting training system that uses a combination of virtual and augmented reality.  A headset transforms the surrounding environment into a simulated firefighting exercise.  The user wears an oxygen mask and heat vest while holding a 3D printed fire hose nozzle, which measures water usage. The nozzle is connected to a recoiling and reactive hose reel, simulating real hose forces and challenging the techniques of the trainee.  More.....
12 April
French navy ship LHD Dixmude arrives in Townsville on mission through Indo-Pacific
One of France's largest navy ships has sailed into north Queensland waters as part of a mammoth voyage aimed at increasing its presence in the Indo-Pacific.  The LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) Dixmude docked at the Port of Townsville on Tuesday with nearly 640 sailors and soldiers on board, along with numerous vehicles and aircraft.  The 200-metre amphibious assault ship is on a five-month training deployment, stopping in at 10 countries as part of Mission Jeanne d'Arc 2023.  More.....
12 April
Indigenous sailor has all the right moves
From dancing with his people to dancing for his people, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Corey Hardy is proud to be representing indigenous culture in the Navy.  Joining the Navy in August 2019, Able Seaman Hardy served in a number of ships before posting to HMAS Choules. He joined as he wanted something better for himself and wanted to travel the world.  Able Seaman Hardy is an Aboriginal Tiwi Islander and has been an Indigenous dancer since he was eight. He continues his passion for dance in the Navy.  More.....
11 April
Norwegian support ship to become new ADV Guidance
The Australian government has purchased the Norwegian undersea support vessel MV Normand Jarl in a deal worth $110 million.  The 107-metre-long vessel was bought for the Australian Defence Force through a selection process led by an independent broker and is currently undergoing inspection and certification in Singapore.  Once cleared, it will sail to Australia under an Australian flag and be renamed Australian Defence Vessel “Guidance” for use in supporting undersea surveillance systems trials, deployment of undersea crewed and uncrewed vehicles, robotic and autonomous systems.  More.....
11 April
Sailor destined for rugby greatness
Running onto the field for her ACT Brumbies debut in her father’s homeland of Fiji topped a stunning code switch for Leading Seaman Lydia Kavoa.  The late-stage rugby union convert was ready to bring physicality to the always physical Fijiana Drua team.  But her journey to the top of women’s rugby was, as she put it, a bit of a funny story.  More.....
07 April
Lieutenant Commander James Collier BUCHANAN DFC

On December 4, 1970, during service with the Royal Australian Navy in Vietnam, Lieutenant Jim Buchanan was engaged in the medical evacuation of a wounded crew member from a South Vietnamese Government patrol boat when the vessel came under heavy attack from enemy forces.

Lieutenant Buchanan, serving with the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam fourth contingent, realised that a second patrol boat on which he was operating was disabled and drifting towards the enemy-held shore.

The record states: “When the two patrol boats were located the evacuation began while the second boat stood off. Lieutenant Buchanan began the extraction of the crewman. Suddenly, the group came under heavy enemy attack.

“Lieutenant Buchanan pressed the skids of his helicopter onto the deck of the vessel and pushed the boat to safety. All the while, his aircraft was receiving heavy automatic weapons and 82mm mortar fire.”

James "Jim" Collier Buchanan was born on August 7, 1943 in Collie, south of Perth in Western Australia to James Buchanan, a coal miner, and Eva (nee Macalear), one of six boys.  Continue reading this fascinating story in our Hero Section.....
06 April
AUKUS white paper explores micro-partnerships in defence industry
AusTrade and Team Defence Australia have launched the Micro-Partnerships in the Age of AUKUS white paper at the United States Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference in the United States.  The white paper outlines how Australian, American, and British small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can form global micro-partnerships to be stronger together and flourish in the Australian defence sector, written by ADROITA’s founder and chief executive officer, Sarah Pavillard.  More.....
06 April
Noakes undertakes ‘end of service life’ support for Young Endeavour
Noakes Group will act as an industry partner for the STS Young Endeavour tall ship under a new contract with the Royal Australian Navy.  The NSW marine company will service Young Endeavour until the end of its service life, in the awarded two-year contract, with extension options for a further three years after a competitive tender process on 17 March.  The company will maintain the Navy’s Young Endeavour at HMAS Waterhen and provide support to its crew during operations away from their home port in Sydney.  More.....
05 April
HII gets Navy’s green light to expand use of 3D printed parts in shipyards
Naval Sea Systems Command has given HII the green light to begin using certain stainless steel, 3D printed materials in its shipyards, a key approval that a company executive says will open the door to more broadly using additive manufacturing across naval platforms.  The certification, which the company announced early last month, allows for HII to begin using a stainless steel alloy known as “316/316L” to produce pipefittings and other components on aircraft carriers and submarines.  More.....
04 April
Navy goes forward with new HMS Birmingham as Type 26 frigate is laid down
On the fourth day of the fourth month the fourth Type 26 frigate – and the fourth ship to bear the name Birmingham – began to take shape on the Clyde.  Work today got under way on the latest of the Royal Navy’s next-generation submarine hunters, a £840m warship which will carry the name and motto – Forward – of England’s second city around the globe for a quarter of a century.  More.....
04 April
Unmanned ships deploying to SOUTHCOM
The Navy’s two top leaders today announced the service is ready to expand the use of unmanned systems to the broader fleet, and will start with US 4th Fleet later this summer.  The Navy is “ready to scale these operations at the fleet level,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday told an audience here at the Sea Air Space exposition.  “The 4th Fleet area of operations will provide us with an environment best suited to operationalize the concepts of Task Force 59 that’s worked tirelessly to develop to increase our maritime domain awareness,” Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said during joint remarks with the CNO.  More.....
04 April
NIMCSG, JMSDF, ROKN Conduct Trilateral Maritime Exercise
The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (NIMCSG) conducted a trilateral maritime exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN), April 3-4.  Participants included the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG 73) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), JS Umigiri (DD 158) of the JMSDF, and ROKS Yul Gok Yi (DDH 992), ROKS Dae Jo Young (DDH 977), ROKS Choi Young (DDH 981), and ROKS So Yang (AOE 51) of the ROKN.  NIMCSG has conducted bilateral exercises with the JMSDF and ROKN on separate occasions during its current deployment prior to the three countries integrating for this exercise.  More.....
04 April
Mission success for air-maritime partners
A major exercise that tested the ability of Air Force and Navy to work together has concluded off the east coast of Australia.  The two services conducted simulated air-maritime integrated missions as part of Exercise Tasman Shield, from March 17 to April 3.  Aircraft from RAAF Bases Edinburgh, Amberley and Williamtown worked closely with Navy’s HMA Ships Hobart and Sydney to enhance and promote interoperability.  More.....
04 April
AUKUS has a people problem
Unless Australia can develop its skilled workforce, it will struggle to acquire the advanced defence capabilities outlined in the AUKUS agreement.  The limited pool of skilled workers is a problem affecting many industries and technology fields across Australia.  More than that, it’s a problem common to countries that are natural partners to Australia, including the United States and United Kingdom in AUKUS.  It’s something we need to address together to ensure AUKUS achieves its potential.  More.....
04 April
Farewell to the first of its class
Ship’s company, VIPs and onlookers said farewell to the lead Armidale-class patrol boat, HMAS Armidale, as the 17-year-old vessel was decommissioned at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin on March 30.  Armidale, the first of its class and the latest to be decommissioned, has conducted a wide variety of operations alongside Australian Border Force, Australian Fisheries and the Australian Federal Police.  The vessel has sailed more than 571,000 nautical miles and visited a range of ports including Singapore, Solomon Islands and the Philippines.  More.....
04 April
Better access to information for ADF personnel & veterans
The Government has implemented a further five recommendations from the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide’s interim report.  Changes have been made to improve information access from the Department of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) for members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), veterans and their families.  This includes the establishment of Information Access Units within the Department of Defence and DVA, additional education material on the information access process, how and why redactions occur, and updates to both Departments’ websites.  More.....
03 April
UK reinforces commitment to the Indo-Pacific as Royal Marines deploy to South Korea
Royal Marines deployed to the Korean peninsula for the first time since the Korean War to underscore bonds between long-standing allies during large-scale exercises.  Nearly 6,000 miles from their Somerset home, Taunton-based Bravo Company of 40 Commando were involved in training in crisis response, disaster relief, amphibious landings and coastal defence alongside the Republic of Korea Marine Corps and the US Marine Corps.  The exercise comes ahead of further deployments of Royal Marines across the Indo-Pacific – including exercises in Australia this summer.  More.....
03 April
Stage is set for Australia and Japan to play a decisive role in the Indo-Pacific
At the Quad foreign ministers’ meeting on 3 March in New Delhi, the four principals reaffirmed their countries’ ‘steadfast commitment to supporting a free and open Indo-Pacific, which is inclusive and resilient’.  Held a day after the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting, it showcased the vigour of the Quad—an informal minilateral framework of like-minded partners—despite differences over the conflict in Ukraine.  As in the past, the elephant in the room continued to be China.  More.....
03 April
Back home after Vanuatu relief effort
More than 600 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have returned home on board HMAS Canberra after supporting Vanuatu following devastating tropical cyclones.  Since March 5, ADF personnel have been deployed on Operation Vanuatu Assist 23, supporting the people of Vanuatu through initial humanitarian assistance, which included providing shelters, water purification supplies and other essential items for impacted communities.  More.....
'Running Deep: An Australian Submarine Life' book talk
13 April 2023 11:00 am - 13 April 2023 12:00 pm
Auditorium, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne.
From conducting top-secret missions to making Australian submarine history, hear Commodore Peter Scott recount what it takes to be a Submariner.

Over a decorated 34-year career, Commodore Scott served in 10 submarines, passed the most demanding military command course in the world and served as the Head of Profession of the Submarine Arm of the Royal Australian Navy.

His new book Running Deep: An Australian Submarine Life uncovers these stories as well as Commodore Scott’s success and failures as a leader, and his personal battles with mental health.

Cost: $10.00 donation to Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne.
01 April
Youth Development Voyages on board STS Young Endeavour

01 April
Young Endeavour - Expand Your Horizons

01 April
Commemorative medallion to mark 50 years since the end of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War
The Prime Minister and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs have launched a commemorative medallion to honour those who served in the Vietnam War.  The medallion is a small but meaningful way to honour the service of Vietnam veterans and to recognise the sacrifice of those who never returned home and that of their families.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Some 60,000 Australians served in the Vietnam War, more than 3,000 were wounded and 523 tragically lost their lives. We must honour those who served and the families that support them.  More.....
01 April
Navy SEAL, Silver Star recipient Mike Day dies
Former Navy SEAL and Silver Star recipient Douglas “Mike” Day, who suffered 27 gunshots while deployed to Iraq in 2007, has died.  “We mourn the loss of an outstanding Naval Special Warfare teammate, former Senior Chief Mike Day,” a Naval Special Warfare Command spokeswoman said in an email to Navy Times.  “His courage and grit formed the standard we uphold in the community today, and we will always remember his service to the special operations community.”  More.....
01 April
Navy Estimates 5 More Years for Virginia Attack Sub Production to Hit 2 Boats a Year
It will take five years for the two shipbuilders that build Virginia-class attack boats to deliver two submarines a year, according to the Navy’s latest estimates of the production schedule.  Three officials who have been briefed on the Navy’s estimates told USNI News that General Dynamics Electric Boat and HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding would put the program on a two-boat-per-year delivery schedule by 2028 with steady improvement in shipyard workforce recruitment and retention.  More.....
01 April
From the sea to the big screen
Since being cast as Will Scarlett in a school production of Robin Hood at 10, Lieutenant Commander Claire Baldwin knew she wanted to be an actor.  Despite joining the Navy as a maritime warfare officer after high school in 2005, she found the theatrical bug never went away, and in 2015 she transferred to reserves to pursue an acting career.  She was one of the first participants in a program designed to help veterans transition from Defence into the film and television industry.  More.....
01 April
Dad's Navy career inspires daughter
Since seeing her dad leave for work in his uniform every day, Able Seaman Gemma Thompson was inspired to join the Navy.  She fulfilled this dream in 2020, joining as a maritime personnel operator, and Chief Petty Officer Matthew Thompson said he was proud of his daughter for following in his footsteps.  “From Kindergarten till now Gemma has always gone above and beyond for people and this is a trait and an example that I love to see demonstrated by everyone,” Chief Petty Officer Thompson said.  More.....
01 April
Recover, rebuild, recycle
A coordinated effort by sea, air and land helped with the recovery of 17 submarine practice torpedoes during the United States Navy Submarine Command Course conducted in Western Australia waters.  Personnel from units including the Helicopter Support Facility (HSF), Submarine Force (SUBFOR), Fleet Support Unit-West, Joint Explosive Ordnance Support, McDermott Aviation, Teekay Australia and Thales Explosive Ordinance Services were involved in the unique recovery of the practice torpedoes during the combined training.  More.....
01 April
Thirty years of evolving submarine service
When Wendy Jackson first saw the Submarine Training and Systems Centre (STSC) near Perth in the early 90s, it was a shell of a building.  Naval shipbuilding company ASC had just been selected to build and maintain Australia’s new Collins-class submarines and HMAS Stirling was to be the fleet’s new home.  With the new boats still under construction in Adelaide, the then secretary to the building manager worked with uniformed personnel to build a space that would prepare future submariners.  More.....
01 April
Merging passion and leadership
Breaking down barriers and fostering a culture of growth and development is Rear Admiral Rachel Durbin’s vision as the passionate new Head of Navy Engineering.  “Every day I am in awe of the tenacity, talent, commitment and dedication of our people and that inspires me to do better with them and for them,” she said.  Rear Admiral Durbin wants to encourage and empower her workforce to take initiative, lead and contribute in ways they may not have thought possible.  More.....
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