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20 Jan 2021 January 2021 MMHN Update
A belated Happy New Year to all!
Fortunately, Victoria seems to have averted yet another debilitating COVID Lockdown episode during January. With interstate and overseas travel curtailed, and ‘intra-state’ tourism booming, more Victorians spending time around coastal Victoria may result in a heightened appreciation for Victoria’s rich and diverse maritime heritage in the wider public of piers, lighthouses, piers, lighthouses, rocks and wrecks, etc.

Lighthouses seem to enjoy universal appeal as examples of maritime infrastructure, but sadly, piers perhaps less so. Most of us will have strolled along, fished from and jumped off piers – but the evocative and inspirational image below of Rye Pier taken by MMHN Board member Ross Brewer celebrating the wonder of what lies beneath, may change our minds about piers!  More.....
20 Jan 2021 Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group CO: Interactions with Chinese Navy Not Changing Significantly
While the Chinese Navy is building up its fleet, it isn’t operating more aggressively toward U.S. ships in the region, according to the commander of a carrier strike group currently deployed to the Indo-Pacific.  Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, who commands Carrier Strike Group 9, acknowledged the build-up of the People’s Liberation Army Navy but said he is not seeing changes in how the U.S. Navy operates near the Chinese compared to his prior deployments to the region in 2017 and 2018.  More.....
20 Jan 2021 American warship, F-35 jets to deploy with British fleet
U.S. combat jets and a destroyer are to join the British Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier on its maiden operational deployment to the Asia-Pacific region later in 2021, after officials formally approved the deployment Tuesday.  British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and U.S. acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller co-signed a joint declaration approving the deployment of U.S. Marine and U.S. Navy assets as part of a carrier strike group led by the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the British Ministry of Defence announced.  More.....
20 Jan 2021 Assistant Minister for Defence urges Aussie families to stay cyber safe
Assistant Minister for Defence Andrew Hastie has urged parents to be vigilant while shopping online for school essentials this month, with back-to-school shopping opening up opportunities for cyber criminals to strike.  The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) leads the Australian government’s operational efforts to boost the nation’s cyber resilience and make Australia the most secure place to connect online.  More.....
19 Jan 2021 Operation Fiji Assist - Return of ADF Contingent
HMAS Adelaide and her crew will begin their return to Australia tomorrow marking the completion of a three-week recovery operation in Fiji following Tropical Cyclone Yasa.  Members from HMAS Adelaide, the Australian Army’s 6th Engineer Support Regiment and 5th Aviation Regiment, have been working in partnership with Fijian authorities to clear debris, and repair critical infrastructure following the devastating category five cyclone.  More.....
19 Jan 2021 US Navy autonomous vessel sails through transit test, participates in Dawn Blitz
A Ghost Fleet Overlord unmanned surface vessel, part of a partnership between the Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office and the Navy, recently travelled a distance of more than 4,700 nautical miles, almost entirely autonomously.  Afterwards, it participated in Exercise Dawn Blitz where it again spent nearly all of its underway time operating autonomously.  More.....
18 Jan 2021 Sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack laid to rest in Arizona
An 18-year-old U.S. Navy sailor from Arizona who died at Pearl Harbor was buried with full military honors on Friday after his remains were identified last year, about 80 years after the Japanese attack.  Carl Johnson, a U.S. Navy seaman 1st Class and a Purple Heart recipient, was aboard the USS West Virginia near Hawaii when multiple torpedoes hit the side of the battleship to which he was assigned in 1941.  About 100 crewman on the vessel died.  More.....
16 Jan 2021 Chinese Survey Ship Caught ‘Running Dark’ Give Clues to Underwater Drone Operations
A Chinese government survey ship was intercepted “running dark” without broadcasting its position via AIS (Automated Information System by Indonesian officials.  The incident is latest twist in an ongoing maritime saga which has also seen Chinese uncrewed underwater vehicles (UUVs) found in Indonesia’s territorial waters.  The survey ship, Xiang Yang Hong 03, left its base at Sanya on Hainan Island, China, on the morning of Jan. 6.  It was intercepted by the Indonesian Coast Guard near the Sunda Strait during the week of January 11.  All ships transiting the strategically important strait are required to be on AIS and when confronted the crew Xiang Yang Hong 03claimed that its AIS was damaged, according to press reports.  More.....
15 Jan 2021 NUSHIP Supply arrives in home port for first time
15 Jan 2021 Anniversary of Mallacoota evacuation
14 Jan 2021 More than $1 million to honour Australia’s military history
Seventy-nine community groups and organisations from across the country will receive funding under the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program for projects that help preserve Australia’s military history.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said more than $1 million would be provided to assist the successful applicants in completing projects and activities that commemorate our service personnel.
12 Jan 2021 ADF up to the challenges of 2020
Last year was difficult and disruptive for our nation and was a defining year for Defence.  At the beginning of 2020, as Australia burned, Defence swung into action with the largest-ever mobilisation of the ADF in response to a domestic disaster. More than 8200 personnel supported authorities in six states and territories as part of Operation Bushfire Assist. As this crisis abated another arrived in the form of a global pandemic.  More.....
11 Jan 2021 Beijing steps up naval shipbuilding program with eyes on global navy
It may be a new year, but 2021 has kicked off right where 2020 left off, with Beijing redoubling its efforts to establish a truly global blue water navy capable of competing with the US Navy and its allies around the world with focus on power projection, strategic deterrence and control of maritime lines of communication.  More.....
11 Jan 2021 Australian Defence Force personnel progressing on Operation Fiji Assist
Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel are progressing operations to support the Fijian Government with recovery efforts following Tropical Cyclone Yasa, delivering much-needed supplies to remote islands impacted by the category five cyclone.  ADF personnel have been able to move on the next phase of their work, having completed their full quarantine. The majority of personnel quarantined on board HMAS Adelaide, while a small ADF construction team worked onshore in COVID-19 safe bubbles.  More..... 
09 Jan 2021 Our January 2021 Navy Hero
As next month is the anniversary of the collision resulting in the loss of HMAS Voyager we thought it appropriate that our hero for this month is:
Chief Petty Officer Coxswain Jonathan Rogers GC DSM

Jonathan Rogers (1920-1964), sailor, was born on 16 September 1920 at Vroncysylite, near Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales, fifth of seven children of Jonathan Rogers, labourer, and his wife Sarah Ellen, née Probyn. Leaving Acrefair Central School at the age of 14, he worked at the Ruabon brickyard, boxed and played soccer.
On 22 November 1938 Rogers enlisted in the Royal Navy. Five ft 8 ins (173 cm) tall and heavily built, he had brown hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion. He spent most of World War II at sea in three coastal vessels: Motor Anti-Submarine Boat No.62 (1940-41), Motor Launch No.204 (1942-43) and Motor Torpedo Boat No.698 (1943-45). Promoted petty officer in 1943, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his 'coolness and leadership' under enemy fire during an action off Dunkirk, France, on the night of 23/24 May 1944. He was discharged from the R.N. on 23 January 1946.
His full story can be found in our Heroes section.
08 Jan 2021/td> Royal Australian Navy accepts first Supply-class replenishment vessel
Australia’s contract with Spain’s Navantia S.A. has reached a major milestone with Ship Acceptance of the Royal Australian Navy’s First Supply-class vessel, NUSHIP Supply.  Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC was pleased to announce the formal acceptance of the Auxiliary Oilier Replenishment (AOR) ship, NUSHIP Supply from Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia S.A.  More.....
07 Jan 2021 Medal recognises bushfire service
Many people who took part in the firefighting effort during last summer’s bushfire emergency will be awarded the National Emergency Medal with clasp.  The National Emergency Medal can be awarded by the Governor-General to any person who has given sustained service during a nationally significant emergency.  More.....
06 Jan 2021 Preparation underway to build new frigates
Prototyping is underway at the Osborne shipyard in Adelaide in preparation for work to start on Navy's Hunter-class frigates.  Defence's Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group's first assistant secretary ships Sheryl Lutz said five prototype blocks would be built in the prototyping phase to test the shipyard's production systems, develop the facilities and ensure the workforce was trained and ready to build the Hunter-class frigates.  More.....
04 Jan 2021 UK Royal Navy Declares IOC for Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group Ahead of Spring Deployment
The U.K. Royal Navy’s first carrier strike group in 38 years has reached Initial Operating Capability (IOC) ahead of its first operational deployment later this year, the U.K. government announced today.  The IOC declaration means that all elements of the CSG – from the aircraft carrier itself, to the air wing, to the surface combatants, and all their systems that operate in the air, surface and undersea domains – have been brought together and operated successfully.  More.....
01 Jan 2021 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
January issue.....
01 Jan 2021 Happy New Year
To all our members and families, we wish you a safe, healthy and happy 2021.
01 Jan 2021
Where Life Falls
by Tas Browning (Sydney Association Member)
An engaging account of an Australian flight deck crewman's life,
of lifelong friendships and dangers shared, and adventures on the
high seas, in the skies and in foreign ports.

Published by Sid Harta Publishers
Available on Booktopia
RRP: $29.95

read the reviews.....
29 Dec 2020 War strategies honed in board game
Intelligence indicates enemy are attempting to posture in north-east Africa, threatening free passage through the Gulf of Aden.  In a situation room, friendly force officers face dilemmas:  do they divert resources and increase the forces’ readiness to respond?  Do they continue modernising the existing forces?  Or do they commit resources to research and develop new forces?  More.....
29 Dec 2020 Collins Class submarines to receive sonar upgrades
Navy’s Collins Class submarines will undergo significant upgrades to its sonar systems here in Australia through a multi-million dollar contract with Thales Australia.  The two contracts, worth around $23.7 million, are for the design and implementation of the Mine and Obstacle Avoidance System and the High Frequency Intercept Array for the submarine fleet.  More.....
26 Dec 2020 2020: A Navy Year in Review
25 Dec 2020 Report on Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles
The US Navy in FY2021 and beyond wants to develop and procure three types of large unmanned vehicles (UVs).  These large UVs are called Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles (LUSVs), Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MUSVs), and Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs).  The Navy is requesting $579.9 million in FY2021 research and development funding for these large UVs and their enabling technologies.  More.....
24 Dec 2020 Officer recruitment zooming along in pandemic
Officer selection boards, which are a key element of growing the Navy, are zooming along during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to technology and teamwork.  Interviews usually done face-to-face are being conducted via video conference from locations around Australia. Captain John Vandyke is a board president who has been involved on boards since April 2017.  More.....
24 Dec 2020 Indo-Pacific under threat: US Navy, Marines, Coast Guard Chiefs
The Chiefs of the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have issued a major warning for the Indo-Pacific region, with a specific warning for key US allies like Australia as Beijing steps up its regional presence and power projection ambitions in the region.  Australia as both a continent and a nation is unique in its position, enjoying relative geographic isolation from the flash points of global and regional conflagration of the 20th century.  More.....
23 Dec 2020 Gap year sailors ready to support operations
After Seaman Shanen Pulkkinen’s participation in the ADF Gap Year program ended in 2017, she intended to come back to Navy eventually – she just didn’t know it would be so soon.  The 22-year-old is one of 14 former gap year program sailors who have returned to service under a three-month contract from December 20 to March 21 during the high-risk weather season and to support Operation COVID-19 Assist.  More.....
23 Dec 2020 Female CO Will Command Aircraft Carrier for First Time
The Navy announced Friday that Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt will assume command of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) marking the first time a female commanding officer will lead the crew of one of the Navy’s 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.  Bauernschmidt will take command of Lincoln this summer, upon completion of the nuclear power, aviation, and leadership training required of aircraft carrier COs.  More.....
23 Dec 2020 Australia stands with our Fijian Vuvale following Tropical Cyclone Yasa
The Australian Government will provide $4.5 million in humanitarian relief to support the people of Fiji in response to the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasa.  Additionally, HMAS Adelaide will be deployed to provide immediate assistance to thousands of Fijians, including many from remote islands, whose homes, schools and other local infrastructure were damaged or destroyed by the category 5 cyclone.  More.....
23 Dec 2020 Navy, JFD demonstrate submarine rescue capability
The JFD-designed rescue system has been tested during the annual Black Carillon submarine rescue certification exercise.  JFD Australia’s team of approximately 50 local operators and tradespeople have participated in the Royal Australian Navy’s annual Black Carillon submarine rescue certification exercise from the company’s national headquarters and advanced production facility at Bibra Lake, south of Perth.  More.....
23 Dec 2020 More than 1000 Aussies ready for Naval shipbuilding careers
Defence Industry Minister, Melissa Price has confirmed the Naval Shipbuilding College has reached a new milestone, having prepared more than 1000 Australians for a career in naval shipbuilding.  The College was established by the Federal Government in 2018 to partner with education and training providers to grow Australia’s shipbuilding workforce.  More.....
23 Dec 2020
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Current Repatriation Benefits for Gold Card Veterans -
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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.....


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