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12 Aug 2020 Stronger cyber defences for deployed ADF networks
The Morrison Government will strengthen the cyber defences of deployed ADF networks and combat platforms through its $1.4 billion investment in Defence cyber capabilities over 20 years.  Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC today announced the details of Joint Project 9131 Defensive Cyberspace Operations as part of the 2020 Force Structure Plan to strengthen the ADF’s deployed cyber resilience.  More.....
12 Aug 2020 Short-notice deployment for Navy planner
A short-notice deployment saw RAN Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Peck trade Canberra’s freezing winter for a sweltering Middle-East Summer.  Lieutenant Commander Peck is deployed as the Deputy N5 / Force Flow Planner in Bahrain working for Combined Task Force (CTF) Sentinel as part of Operation Manitou.  He is a maritime warfare officer posted to Headquarters Joint Operations Command.  More.....
12 Aug 2020 A tasty upgrade to HMAS Canberra
The 750 personnel deployed in HMAS Canberra for the Regional Presence Deployment 2020 are savouring the benefits of a recent upgrade.  During Canberra’s last scheduled maintenance, two of the latest multipurpose cooking centres were installed.  New Bratt pans – large cooking receptacles designed for producing large-scale meals – enable cooks to produce up to 120 litres of food at once.  More.....
12 Aug 2020 A time of reflection for sailors
For three HMAS Choules crew members, a recent deployment to support Vanuatu's 40th anniversary of independence celebrations was a chance to reflect on a significant event in their Navy careers.  Able Seaman Ben Ashman, Able Seaman Ethan Macnamara and Midshipman Mitchell Sutton were part of Choules' ship's company when she supported the evacuation of civilians from Ambae in 2017 following the eruption of Manaro volcano.  More.....
12 Aug 2020 Ordinary Seaman Edward 'Teddy' Sheean VC
12 Aug 2020 Media statement
12 Aug 2020
Prime Minister

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), has advised me that Her Majesty The Queen has given approval for the award of the Victoria Cross for Australia to Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean for his actions on 1 December 1942, when he sacrificed his life to save his shipmates during the sinking of the HMAS Armidale.

Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean was an extraordinary Australian and Australia will remain eternally grateful for his service, dedication and sacrifice.

In June I established an Expert Panel, chaired by Dr Brendan Nelson AO, to resolve the contradicting advice regarding the case for an award of the Victoria Cross to Teddy Sheean.

There was never any question to the extent of Teddy’s heroism and valour. It was exceptional. But the Government was faced with two previous findings of equal standing from two reviews that had concluded different results. It was important that the Expert Panel settle this conflicting evidence and determine whether there was new evidence to help dispel any ambiguity.

The Panel’s report found there was compelling new evidence, including new evidence discovered by the Panel, in support of higher recognition for Teddy Sheean, and that Sheean was done a substantial injustice in consideration of his actions in the original decision making period in 1942 to 1943. It found Sheean's courageous sacrifice of his life to save his shipmates makes him eligible for the Victoria Cross for Australia, and the highest level of recognition should be accorded in this exceptional case.

I accepted this advice and I had asked the Governor-General to convey the Government’s recommendation to Her Majesty The Queen.

I welcome the approval of Her Majesty.

The Victoria Cross is the highest award that can be provided to any Australian serviceman or woman for their valour. As Prime Minister and as a Government, we have a very special responsibility to ensure that the integrity of the Victoria Cross is upheld for all of those who've been honoured by being bestowed.

The decision formalises what we already know: that Teddy Sheean is an Australian hero.

78 years might have passed since he died but his story will always be part of us.

After the order was given for the crew of the HMAS Armidale to abandon ship, Japanese aircraft strafed the Australian sailors who were overboard. Sheean then turned back, made for the gun, strapped himself in, and returned fire to the Japanese. He fought to the very end.

He chose to save the lives of his shipmates rather than his own.

A week after the sinking, 49 men from the HMAS Armidale were rescued. Many of these men owed their lives to the actions of Teddy Sheean.

All Australians can share in the joy of this award.

All who have served and who serve in the Royal Australian Navy can take satisfaction that the valour of one of their comrades has been recognised by the highest honour.

This week, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific. Teddy Sheean never saw war’s end, never saw the peace he helped secure, and did not enjoy the long life that many of his crew mates did. That was the price he paid for his valour.

I honour the Sheean family and Tasmanians who faithfully kept the case of Teddy Sheean before us all.
12 Aug 2020 Defence congratulates Edward 'Teddy' Sheean, VC
Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean’s bravery and sacrifice has long been recognised and honoured by the Department of Defence and the Royal Australian Navy.

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the posthumous award of the Victoria Cross for Australia to Teddy Sheean.

There is no higher honour in the Australian Honours System than the Victoria Cross.  Teddy Sheean’s story of bravery is well known and Defence continues to celebrate his heroic and gallant actions.

On 1 December 1942, HMAS Armidale came under aerial bombardment and torpedo attack from Japanese aircraft.  As the enemy fired upon the ship and his shipmates who were already in the water, Ordinary Seaman Sheean chose to forgo his opportunity for survival by not abandoning ship and returned to his action station to man the aft Oerlikon gun.

Sheean strapped himself into the gun and commenced firing at the enemy, damaging at least two enemy aircraft.

Ordinary Seaman Sheean sacrificed his life trying to save his shipmates and, despite his wounds, he continued firing the gun until the ship sank and took him to his death.

Defence welcomes the announcement today in recognition of Teddy’s extraordinary actions, service, dedication and sacrifice.

This is a great honour for the late Teddy Sheean, for his family, for his shipmates, for the Royal Australian Navy, and for the Australian Defence Force.
11 Aug 2020 Cerberus to the rescue on the Monash Freeway
A four-person Navy team from HMAS Cerberus deployed on Operation COVID-19 Assist has saved the life of a Melbourne resident.  In transit to a shift assisting Victoria Police at a control point in Lang Lang, Petty Officer Shannon Schonewille, Leading Seaman Alexander Patterson, Seaman Jaxan Stead and Seaman Rhys Watson witnessed an emergency incident.  More.....
11 Aug 2020 Service to mark end of WWII
A ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII will be held at the Australian War Memorial on August 15.  Known as Victory in the Pacific Day, or VP Day, the event, hosted by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, will commemorate the end of the war and honour all those who served and died.  Members of Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) have been rehearsing their drill for the past two weeks for their role in the catafalque party for the AFG’s parade.  Able Seaman Hayden Rapley said he was honoured to be taking part.  More.....
10 Aug 2020 Chair’s letter to the Prime Minister
Dear Prime Minister
I am pleased to provide you with the report of the Expert Panel you assembled to consider the matter of the historic recognition of Ordinary Seaman Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean.  Specifically, you asked the Panel to examine respectively the detailed work conducted by the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (the Tribunal) on two separate occasions into Sheean’s actions on 1 December 1942 during the sinking of HMAS Armidale.  The Panel is unanimous in its conclusions and recommendations to you.  More.....
10 Aug 2020 MMHN August 2020 Update
The July MMHN Update referred to ominous signs of a second wave of COVID-19.  In nautical terms this anticipated wave broke over our bows, swamping us.  Decks awash, we ‘battened down the hatches’ in Lockdown Mark 2 – but kept on enthusiastically ‘bailing’ so to speak, and engaging with stakeholders though ‘zoom’.  Despite all the challenges, we continue to make significant ‘headway’ this month on progress with Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network’s (MMHN) objectives.  Useful connections continue apace as we bring together our diverse maritime stakeholders - heritage, industry, educators, and ‘sailors’ of all types.  MMHN is gaining recognition as a unifying force among maritime stakeholders.  More.....
10 Aug 2020 ADF support to Vanuatu independence celebrations
10 Aug 2020 World War II hero Teddy Sheean to posthumously receive Victoria Cross
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recommended the Queen posthumously award World War II hero Edward 'Teddy' Sheean a Victoria Cross.  Tasmanian Sheean, an 18-year-old with less than two years at sea, was an Ordinary Seaman on the minesweeper HMAS Armidale when it came under heavy attack from Japanese aircraft off the coast of what is now Timor-Leste in 1942.  More.....
10 Aug 2020 Contact tracing in NSW
More than 60 Navy and Army personnel have been working with the NSW Health Contact Tracing team as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist.  The team is responsible for contacting positive COVID-19 cases and their close contacts to tell them to get tested and isolate for 14 days.  More.....
10 Aug 2020 Navy moves inland
Navy personnel from multiple ships are working together to support NSW Police at vehicle check points as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist.  In early July, members from bases HMAS Albatross, Creswell, Watson and Waterhen, Fleet Support Unit-East and HMA Ships Adelaide and Parramatta, and NUSHIP Supply, formed a 125-strong team within Joint Task Force 629.  More.....
10 Aug 2020 HMAS Canberra holds solemn memorial
In a solemn sunrise ceremony in the seas of the Solomon Islands, 84 members of HMAS Canberra held tiny wooden crosses bearing the names of the 84 crew who lost their lives in a World War II naval battle fought there by the ship’s namesake.  The ceremony was held 78 years after the first Canberra sank in the Battle of Savo Island, on August 9, 1942.  More.....
08 Aug 2020 Boosting Australia's cyber resilience
The Morrison Government is further boosting Australia’s cyber defences to ensure our essential networks are even more secure and reliable.  Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the investment announced today includes measures to strengthen the resilience of Australian critical infrastructure, businesses and individuals against cyber threats.  More..... 
07 Aug 2020 Navantia Australia’s role in supporting Hobart Class Aegis combat system upgrades
Navantia Australia will play a central role in supporting the combat system upgrade of the Royal Australian Navy’s Hobart class guided missile destroyers as the fleet prepares to receive the Baseline 9 upgrade for the Aegis combat system.  SEA 4000 Phase 6 has been established to modernise the class to integrate Aegis Baseline 9 into the Royal Australian Navy's three Hobart Class guided missile destroyers (DDGs), HMA Ships Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney.  More.....
07 Aug 2020 Snow hits while on operation
Heavy snow was a highlight for many of the 120 Royal Australian Navy personnel deployed on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST in the Alpine region’s town of Jindabyne.  Training systems specialist Lieutenant Shaun Logan is part of Joint Task Group 629.1.3.  His role is to facilitate the involvement of Navy personnel deployed to the NSW-Victoria border control points.  More.....
07 Aug 2020 Sailor turns early tech passion into career
Able Seaman Stacey Harrison has always had an affinity with technology.  She used to create web pages for her parent's motor inn in Toowoomba, Queensland, and managed a database for the local city golf club.  When she joined the Navy in 2018, Able Seaman Harrison was ready to turn her self-taught skills in information technology into a new career.  She is now HMAS Choules’ local area network administrator, a role she said fits her geek personality perfectly.  More.....
07 Aug 2020 HMAS Watson works to reap local industry benefits
Work has started on the $430.5 million HMAS Watson redevelopment, marking a major milestone for a project set to deliver significant benefits and hundreds of jobs for NSW’s defence industry.  Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said the project would ensure HMAS Watson continued to support critical Navy training for up to 1300 students per year.  More..... 
07 Aug 2020 Morrison Government invests in new anti-submarine training capability
The Morrison Government will invest around $11 million to acquire an advanced anti submarine warfare capability for Defence.  Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the new AUV62-AT, Intermediate Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Target will enhance Australia’s warfighting capabilities.  More.....
07 Aug 2020 USS Oklahoma sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack laid to rest in Missouri
Nearly eight decades after he was killed in the attack at Pearl Harbor that launched the U.S. into World War II, a Missouri man has been laid to rest next to his parents.  KYTV-TV reports that the remains of Navy Seaman 1st Class Orval Austin Tranbarger of Mountain View were buried Wednesday.  The TV station said people lined highways and streets from Willow Springs to the cemetery in Mountain View to pay their respects.  More.....
07 Aug 2020 75th Anniversary of the End of World War Two (WWII)
Victorians are invited to mark the year the war ended.
15 August, Victory in the Pacific Day, commemorates Japan's acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender, made on 14 August 1945. For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over.  Activities to mark the 75th anniversary of this day will recognise and thank living WWII veterans, acknowledge the service of all WWII veterans and explore Victoria’s WWII history and stories.  More.....
06 Aug 2020 A nuclear sea-launched cruise missile will help deter nuclear aggression
There is no higher security requirement than deterring a nuclear attack against the U.S. homeland or our allies and partners.  Today, the United States is in the early stages of comprehensively modernizing the nuclear forces to protect the United States from such an attack.  Redeveloping a nuclear sea-launched cruise missile, or SLCM-N, is a vital component of our modernization plan.  More.....
05 Aug 2020 Two new providers of psychiatric assistance dogs to support veterans
Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will benefit from the addition of two new providers to the Government’s Psychiatric Assistance Dog Program: the Royal Society for the Blind of South Australia and Integra Service Dogs Australia.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said this was an important program to help veterans manage their PTSD and the feedback received so far from veterans and their families was that it was making an amazing difference.  More..... 
04 Aug 2020 Navy, Marines Locate Sunken AAV, Human Remains
The Navy and Marine Corps identified the location of the amphibious assault vehicle that sank off the coast of San Clemente Island last week using a remotely operated search and rescue system.  The services announced today that they confirmed the location of the AAV and that the ROV confirmed the presence of human remains at that location.  “The Navy has expedited the movement of assets to recover the remains of the Marines and Sailor, as well as raise the AAV.  More.....
04 Aug 2020 HMAS Canberra assists in search and rescue
HMAS Canberra and its embarked aviation assets assisted in locating the three-person crew of a skiff that had been missing for nearly three days in Micronesia.  The men were found on 2 August in good condition on tiny Pikelot Island, 190km west of where they had set off in their seven-metre vessel on 30 July.  More.....
04 Aug 2020 Navy assisting at Police checkpoint in Coldstream, Victoria
03 Aug 2020 Practical steps to support veteran mental health
General Practitioners (GPs) across Australia now have access to a new 24/7 hotline to assist them in supporting the health and wellbeing of veterans.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the Veteran Mental Health GP Assistance Hotline forms part of a $1.4 million investment in practical steps to meet the needs of the veteran community.  More.....
03 Aug 2020 ADF support to Vanuatu's 40th Anniversary of Independence
02 Aug 2020 One In A Million — Recognising our Second World War veterans
In the lead up to the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, Australians are encouraged to capture and share the stories of our World War Two veterans as part of the Federal Government’s #OneInAMillion campaign.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the campaign is a way for every generation of Australians to learn about our veterans and also about their own family history.  More.....
01 Aug 2020 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
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01 Aug 2020 Navy Undersea Search and Rescue Ship Joins Mission to Find 8 Missing from AAV Mishap
A Navy ship specializing in undersea search and rescue has joined the mission to find seven Marines and one sailor missing off the coast of Southern California after their amphibious assault vehicle sank on Thursday, USNI News has learned.  Submarine support ship HOS Dominator arrived on Friday to join Navy, Marine and Coast Guard assets looking for the missing service members, officials confirmed.  More.....
01 Aug 2020 Anzac360 app explores the Fall of Singapore
THE next generation of Australians will now be able to learn about the beginning of a precarious time in Australia’s history during the Second World War, the Fall of Singapore, in an engaging way through the latest stage of the Anzac360 app.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said using virtual reality technology, the Anzac360 app explores the loss and devastation that was suffered by Australia and its Allies for more than three years until the war ended with Japan’s surrender on 15 August.  More.....
31 Jul 2020 Congress Awards its Highest Honor to USS Indianapolis Crew
Congress has awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest honor, to surviving crew members of the USS Indianapolis, the ship that delivered key components of the first nuclear bomb and was later sunk by Japan during World War II.  The ship, with 1,195 personnel aboard, delivered enriched uranium and other parts of the atomic bomb ‘‘Little Boy" that was later dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1945.  More.....
31 Jul 2020 Marine Dead, 8 Missing Following AAV Incident Off California
A Marine is dead and eight more are missing after an amphibious assault vehicle incident off the coast of California late Thursday.  Fifteen Marines and a sailor were aboard the AAV, assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, as it was operating near San Clemente Island.  They reported taking on water at about 5:45 p.m. local time.  Eight from the AAV were recovered, according to a statement from I Marine Expeditionary Force.  More.....
31 Jul 2020 $1.5 million in grants to support ADF families
Organisations that support Australian Defence Force (ADF) families across Australia will share in $1.5 million to deliver programs and services within their local communities.  Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Family Support Funding Program (FSFP) enables defence families to connect and interact with each other and the community in a variety of ways.  More..... 
31 Jul 2020 Defence support to Victoria
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has expanded its support to Victoria’s COVID-19 response, with around 1,400 personnel deployed in Victoria at the request of State authorities.  The ADF’s current tasks include: 
*  Around 300 ADF personnel providing support to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in contact tracing, data management, logistics and planning;  More..... 
THE voices of women who have served in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and family members of ADF personnel will be better heard with nine new members appointed in advisory roles to support the important work of the Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today congratulated the nine women and welcomed their appointments, acknowledging the wealth of knowledge and experience they each bring.   More.....
30 Jul 2020 HMAS Ballarat Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile firing
30 Jul 2020 ADF at the VICPOL call centre supporting Victorian Government
29 Jul 2020 Royal New Zealand Navy commissions HMNZS Aotearoa Polar-class support vessel
The Royal New Zealand Navy commissioned the HMNZS Aotearoa, the service's new fleet tanker and sustainment vessel.  A commissioning ceremony was held today during which Captain Simon Rooke officially took command of the ship.  After a short period of specialist equipment fit-out, HMNZS Aotearoa will conduct sea trials before embarking on a series of port visits which will include a very special one to her Home Port of New Plymouth later this year.  More.....
29 Jul 2020 Commemorative Medallion and Certificate recognise Second World War veterans
A special commemorative medallion marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War is now available to every living Second World War veteran to say ‘thank you for your service’.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today launched the medallion and certificate in the lead up to the end of the Second World War commemoration on 15 August, awarding the first medallion to Sale veteran Rose Jackson.  More.....
29 Jul 2020 New initiative strengthens housing support for veterans
Improving understanding of veteran homelessness among housing providers will be the focus of a new set of industry standards, training materials and a toolkit being developed by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA).  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said any instance of veteran homelessness was concerning and this initiative will strengthen the relationship between housing providers, DVA, ex-service organisations (ESOs) and Open Arms — Veterans and Families Counselling.  More.....
28 Jul 2020 Navy: Cryptologic Linguist (Ring)
Think you can translate this song better than a bot? The Navy needs humans to intercept and translate languages. Apply to become a Cryptologic Linguist:

28 Jul 2020 Analyse this - Navy Cryptologic Linguist campaign
A new digital campaign puts artificial intelligence to the test and highlights the important role ‘humans’ play as Navy Cryptologic Linguists.  Cryptologic Linguists work in a highly classified environment, intercepting, analysing and translating foreign languages to support Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations.  More.....
26 July 2020 Putin reveals plan to expand Russia's navy with 40 new vessels
Russia will add new ships, vessels and weapons to its navy this year to demonstrate its growing power, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday. He used a naval parade near St Petersburg marking the country's Navy Day celebrations to announce the modernisation, saying Russia needed a strong navy to defends its interests.
26 Jul 2020
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Information of Interest

Request for Committal of Ashes to the Sea.  Download form.....

Current Repatriation Benefits for Gold Card Veterans -
As of 01 January 2018
This is a list of products that are available on a Doctor's prescription for Gold Card Repatriation Patients.  Download the list.....

DVA Mobile Apps

The new Operation Life mobile application is designed to help those at risk deal with suicidal thoughts and is recommended to be used with the support of a clinician.

The High Res (High Resilience) app helps you manage stress, build resilience and optimise performance on the go.

The PTSD Coach Australia app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma.

ON TRACK with the Right Mix mobile app from the Department of Veterans Affairs helps you to keep track of the number and types of drinks you consume; the amount of money it's costing you and lets you know about the impact the alcohol has on your wellbeing and fitness levels.

Guide to the assessment of rates of veterans’ pensions
Guide to the assessment of rates of veterans’ pensions (GARP) is used to assess the extent of incapacity from war caused or defence caused injury or disease for the purposes of determining the rate of pension.  Download.....

Planning ahead kit

Overview: Planning Ahead is a publication designed to help veterans and their families prepare for bereavement.  There is also a checklist that can be used to record the contact details of important people, businesses and organisations that may need to be notified in case of your death.  Download.....

DVA Concessions Fact Sheets
Factsheet CON01 - Concessions in NSW
Factsheet CON02 - Concessions in Vic
Factsheet CON03 - Concessions in QLD
Factsheet CON04 - Concessions in SA
Factsheet CON05 - Concessions in WA
Factsheet CON06 - Concessions in Tas
Factsheet CON07 - Concessions in NT
Factsheet CON08 - Concessions in ACT

War Service

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