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26 Mar 2012 New Defence satellite launched to support troops in the Middle East
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that a new Defence satellite was successfully launched in Kazakhstan overnight which will improve communications abilities for Australian Defence Force personnel operating in the Middle East. The satellite was successfully launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11.10pm last night. The launch of the IS-22 satellite was managed by Intelsat – an international satellite service provider.
26 Mar 2012 Navy League of Australia - Victorian Chapter
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24 Mar 2012 HMAS Choules Exercise Squadex
Exercise SQUADEX, conducted in waters off Townsville and Cowley Beach in North Queensland, is the first of a series of two exercises in which Australia's newest ship, HMAS Choules, conducts amphibious and flying operations with elements of the Australian Army. The ship is commanded by Commander John Cowan, CSC, RAN.  View the video.....
24 Mar 2012 Vietnam Veterans’ Education Centre Washington DC
The Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, launched the Australian Government’s commitment of $3.3 million towards a world-first education centre honouring Vietnam veterans. More.....
24 Mar 2012 Defence Force Welfare Association Monthly Update #269.
24 Mar 2012 Shipmates, Welcome to the HMAS CANBERRA Newsletter.
2012 is shaping up to be a very important year for HMAS CANBERRA, as this year marks the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS CANBERRA 1 at Savo Island with the loss of 84 personnel on the 09 August 1942.
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24 Mar 2012 Australian Government Receives Valuable Prisoner of War Records from Japan
Historical records of former Australian Prisoners of War (POW) held by the Japanese during the Second World War have been handed over to the Australian Government. More.....
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, has today announced that from 20 March 2012, around 312,000 veterans, partners, war widows and widowers will receive an increase in their pensions and income support payments. More.....
19 Mar 2012 Purchase of Offshore Support Vessel for Humanitarian and Disaster Relief
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Government had agreed to purchase the Offshore Support Vessel MSV Skandi Bergen. The Skandi Bergen will add to the Royal Australian Navy’s current amphibious ships, HMAS Choules and HMAS Tobruk. More.....
16 Mar 2012 HMAS Parramatta hands over Middle East duties to HMAS Melbourne
HMAS Parramatta handed over duties to HMAS Melbourne in the Middle East maritime Area of Operations last week after completing a successful six-month maritime security and interception operation deployment as part of Operation SLIPPER rotation 27. More.....
16 Mar 2012 ADSO Update #15
Welcome to this issue of Update. It has been a busy week with the campaign gaining national exposure and increased momentum in a number of ways, thanks to: More.....
16 Mar 2012 Veterans Retreat
The “Murraguldrie Veterans Retreat” in the Murraguldrie State Forest and is managed and operated by the VV South West NSW & Wagga Inc. The sub-branch committee manages the retreat and arranges Working Bees and the general maintenance schedule. The retreat is funded through Visitor donations and at the present time some sub-branch money as well as DVA grants for major projects; so all donations received from those that use the retreat are spent on the retreat.
Retreat Flyer
Retreat Update 2012 for ESO's
16 Mar 2012 Motor Vehicle Compensation Scheme for Former & Serving Member of the ADF
The scheme assists serving and former Australian Defence Force members who have suffered a significant injury, disease or impairment caused by their service on or after 1 July 2004 to regain a degree of transport mobility. More.....
09 Mar 2012 Sailors Contribute To Mission In Land-Locked Afghanistan
A land-locked country like Afghanistan may seem like an unusual place to find sailors, but eight members of the Royal Australian Navy are currently serving in the Southern Province at Kandahar Air Field (KAF) in a variety of roles. More.....
09 Mar 2012 Allocation of block construction work for the third Air Warfare Destroyer
The Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and the Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced the allocation of construction work for the third ship of the $8 billion Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Project. More.....
08 Mar 2012 Sailor Inspires Young Women
International Women���s Day was celebrated around Australia by the Australian Defence Force, and in Canberra; a group of leaders from the local community were inspired by the story of one of Navy’s young ‘leaders’. More.....
08 Mar 2012 Sailors Party Goes to the Dogs
Over $2500 was raised in a fun filled evening recently at HMAS Cerberus where 227 sailors hosted a fund raising event in support of Oscar’s Law, a charity committed to abolishing factory farming of companion animals. More.....
07 Mar 2012 Reviews into Defence and Australian Defence Force Culture
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith, Secretary of the Department of Defence Mr Duncan Lewis and Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) General David Hurley today released the Reviews into Defence Culture and the Defence response to the Reviews: “Pathway to Change: Evolving Defence Culture”. More.....
07 Mar 2012 Release of Redacted Extracts from Executive Summary and Findings of Volume 1 of the DLA Piper Report: Allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence
Minister for Defence Stephen Smith today released redacted extracts from the Executive Summary and Key Findings of Volume 1 (General Findings and Recommendations) of the DLA Piper Report into Allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence. More.....
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, said a preliminary assessment indicates damage to 50 Australian headstones in the Benghazi War Cemetery in Libya. Attached is a list of the names of Australian soldiers whose headstones were damaged. More.....
07 Mar 2012 Kuttabul Commemoration Newsletter - February Edition
Here is our third edition to the Kuttabul Commemoration, 70th Anniversary newsletter. You will note in this issue, that the families of Kenneth Killen and Horace Beazley have shared their stories with us. As well as some personal accounts detailing how the incident was viewed from the viewpoint of a servicewoman and two women who were mere children at the time. More.....
06 Mar 2012 DFRDB Indexation
The Coalition has recommitted itself to the fair indexation of Defence Force Retirement Benefit (DFRB) and the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefit (DFRDB) military superannuation pensions.
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Joint Doorstop Interview
06 Mar 2012 Operation Aware Flyer
On ANZAC Day, as well as remembering those who didn’t return home, please spare a thought for those who did. More.....
06 Mar 2012 The following article on the Veterans Children’s Education Scheme and Centrelink will appear in the next edition of the Vietnam Veterans.

Veterans’ Children’s Education Assistance Schemes Undermined

On 1 January 2012, Centrelink benefits for eligible 16 to 19 year old students at secondary school were increased. However, payments for the children of veterans receiving the same benefits under Veterans Affairs assistance schemes received no increase. This failure was surprising, even astounding.
06 Mar 2012

National RSL President’s Newsletter No 1 of 2012

1. Keeping RSL Members informed
The 2010 initiative of compiling and forwarding regular National President's Newsletters to State and Territory Branch Presidents improved the flow of information from the National Office to Branches, Districts, Sub Branches and Members - but has generally worked well in keeping us all informed on current issues. I am of the view that it is now time to extend the coverage of the newsletter so that our broader membership is similarly kept informed. More.....
06 Mar 2012 National Boer War Memorial Design Unveiled - March 2012
The Minister for the Arts, The Hon Simon Crean MP, has advised that the National Capital Authority has approved the Boer War Memorial design proposed by the National Boer War Memorial Association. The memorial will be an inspired design of Australian troopers mounted on war horses breaking through the trees of ANZAC Parade Canberra.
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06 Mar 2012 Navy - Proud to Serve
Proud to Serve captures moments in time of our Navy men and women serving during times of peace, war, and emergency relief; from the early days of World War I, through to today. The video was compiled for the Royal Australian Navy Centenary celebrations in 2011. View the video on YouTube.
04 Mar 2012 70th Anniversary of the Loss of HMAS Yarra II
Members of the Royal Australian Navy paused this weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of one of Australia’s most tragic naval losses of World War II. More.....
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today encouraged Australians to remember those who fought and died during the Battle of the Sunda Strait during the Second World War. More.....
01 Mar 2012 Navy's 111th Birthday - A message from the Chief of Navy
Today we celebrate the 111th Birthday of the Australian Navy.
01 March is an important day for all of us to strengthen and remember our Australian heritage. It is a day to acknowledge the lives lost, the sacrifices made and the selfless service given by tens of thousands of fellow Australians who have provided us with valuable lessons based on their own experiences and challenges. More.....


Anzac Centenary Events
2014 - 2018

The Anzac Centenary (2014 – 2018) will shine a spotlight on the commitment and sacrifice of those who served in the First World War.

Across Victoria, there will be a number of commemorative events marking key dates throughout the Centenary.


ANZAC Naval Commemorative Ball - 17 October 2015
The Naval Commemorative Committee Victoria, invite all serving ADF personnel, Australian and Allied Veterans along with family and friends, to attend the ANZAC Naval Commemorative Ball on Saturday 17 October 2015 at (New Venue) The Atrium, Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington (10 Minutes from the CBD).  Dance to the Music of the RAN Dance Band.  The Ball is open to all serving and former members of the ADF, NZDF, Reserves, Cadets, families, friends, Police, Emergency Services, our Allies and the General Public.
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Should you wish to register an event, go to the Anzac Centenary website.