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20 Oct 2020 Mentoring advocate nominated for award
Hard work and dedication has landed Chief Petty Officer Jessica Buley a nomination in the Australian Defence Magazine Women in Defence Awards 2020.  Following in her Grandfather’s footsteps, Chief Petty Officer Communications Information Warfare Manager, HMAS Sydney, Jessica Buley had been thinking about joining the ADF for some time before the opportunity presented itself.  More.....
20 Oct 2020 Outback promotions for sailors
Two Darwin-based sailors were recently promoted at a ceremony in Alice Springs, hundreds of kilometres from the nearest ocean.  Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Christopher Taylor and Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Laura Willemse received their new rank slides on Anzac Hill overlooking Alice Springs while deployed on Operation COVID-19 Assist last month.  More.....
20 Oct 2020 Sailor’s first deployment a long way from the sea
Able Seaman Asahel Heeney’s first operational deployment was a long way from the sea.  The Navy communicator deployed to Alice Springs – 1200km from the ocean – on Operation COVID-19 Assist as part of Joint Task Group 629.7.  “I had 15 hours’ notice that I was deploying,” Able Seaman Heeney said.  “Then I was flown from Darwin to Alice Springs on a RAAF C-130.”  More.....
20 Oct 2020 Ballarat protects energy resources
The crew of HMAS Ballarat has been reminded of the important role Navy plays in protecting Australia’s vital offshore energy resources, and the nation’s prosperity.  An offshore gas platform and supporting vessels served as the backdrop to the silhouette of HMAS Ballarat’s superstructure as she patrolled through waters north-west of Western Australia on October 18.  More.....
20 Oct 2020 New mental health app for Defence
The mental health and wellbeing for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, Reservists and their families has been bolstered with a new purpose built app released today as part of mental health month.  Minister for Defence Personnel, Darren Chester, said the HeadStrength app would allow users to anonymously check their wellbeing and provide customised information about how to seek the help they need, when they need it.  More..... 
19 Oct 2020 Priest sentenced to prison for breaking into Navy submarine base
A 71-year-old Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced to federal prison for breaking into a Navy submarine base in Georgia with a group protesting nuclear weapons.  A U.S. District Court judge sentenced the Rev. Stephen Michael Kelly on Thursday to 33 months in prison.  He’s already served most of that sentence, as the judge gave Kelly credit for the roughly 30 months he spent behind bars awaiting trial and sentencing since his arrest in April 2018.  More.....
19 Oct 2020 Arunta’s crew stays fit to fight at sea
It’s widely accepted that a healthy body and mind go hand-in-hand, which is why regular physical activity is an important element of most people’s daily routine.  This old adage rings just as true for those working ashore as it does for those whose jobs take them to sea.  For this reason, the crew members of HMAS Arunta, who left their home port of Fleet Base West in mid-June, have no shortage of options when it comes to keeping fit.  More.....
17 Oct 2020 Our New Values: Service
For the hundreds of Royal Australian Navy personnel posted around the world, updating Our Values and Behaviours has provided new focus to meet the ongoing challenges of serving Australia both at home and abroad.  Announced on 1 October 2020, our values are Service, Courage, Respect, Integrity, and Excellence.  They are a modern reflection of the core qualities of character that are desirable in all Navy people.  More.....
16 Oct 2020 BlueZone Group to deliver autonomous ASW capability to RAN
NSW-based BlueZone Group and its industry partners have been awarded an Australian Defence Innovation Hub grant to develop a sovereign anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability to support the Royal Australian Navy’s integrated undersea surveillance system.  Under the Phase 3 contract, BlueZone Group, Sonartech Atlas and Acacia Systems will prototype an Australian-developed sonar and combat data processing system installed in a Wave Glider unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that will operate as a peer capability alongside existing traditional platforms.  More.....
16 Oct 2020 Support for Sri Lanka Navy in COVID-19 testing
Australia is providing four polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines to support the Sri Lanka Navy in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The gift from the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Defence will support increased medical testing capabilities for Sri Lanka at sea.  More..... 
16 Oct 2020 U.S. Working to End Chinese Secrecy Around Nuclear Capabilities
America’s senior arms negotiator said Washington is taking diplomatic and military steps to put an end to Beijing’s “great wall of secrecy” that surrounds its rapid and expanding strategic weapons program.  Speaking at a Heritage Foundation online forum this week, Marshall Billingslea, senior envoy for arms control, said Xi Jin-ping and the Communist Party leadership are engaged “in a crash nuclear build-up” with the intent of re-establishing China as the Middle Kingdom, the dominant global power.  More.....
16 Oct 2020 Japan launches first of its new class of submarines
Japan has launched the first of a new class of diesel-electric submarines, which will complete the U.S. ally’s planned expansion of its submarine fleet to 22 boats when it enters service.  The new submarine, which has been named the Taigei, meaning Big Whale, was launched at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in the city of Kobe on Wednesday.  It is the first of a successor class to Japan’s current Soryu-class boats.  More.....
16 Oct 2020 Dogs have their day at HMAS Moreton
HMAS Moreton ship’s company and their four-legged friends have kept traditions alive with a blessing of the animals ceremony alongside the Brisbane River.  The Royal Australian Navy Band - South Queensland, led everyone in a hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful as dachshunds, labradors, Aussie shepherds and border collies listened, some even barked along.  More.....
16 Oct 2020 Reagan Carrier Strike Group heads back into South China Sea amid increasing tension with China
The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and its strike group returned to the South China Sea Thursday for the third time in its 2020 deployment.  The Japan-based carrier is joined by Carrier Air Wing 5, the guided-missile cruiser Antietam and the guided-missile destroyers John S. McCain and Halsey.  More.....
16 Oct 2020 Technology running the show
Embracing technology has helped the sport and recreation team in HMAS Cerberus plan and hold events in a COVID-19 safe environment.  The 'relay for lockdown' fitness challenge took place this month with teams from each of the training schools and base faculties competing in a 10-hour running event.  More.....
16 Oct 2020/td> Seafarers Memorial Service - 2020

Dear Shipmates,

the Seafarers Memorial Service is a reminder of the onerous life at sea by Seafarers who have served and currently serve in the Royal Australian Navy and the Merchant Navy. In particular, we remember those Seafarers who made the supreme sacrifice doing their duty; defending Australia and its trade routes during World War One, World War Two, and all of the conflicts since.

May we be worthy of their service and sacrifice.

We remember seafarers carrying out their day to day duties on this very day. Being at sea is, from time to time a dangerous occupation. May all Seafarers continue their important work safely and with the sincere appreciation of all Australians.

To all Veterans, thank you for your service.

The 2020 annual service will be somewhat different this year due to restrictions imposed on Melburnians. It will be first televised at 1430 on Monday, 19OCT20 on Channel 31 (digital 44). As there is a time limit for the Channel 31 service, the full service will be uploaded to youtube and may be viewed on Tuesday, 20OCT20 by going to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls5yIw9INOE

It would be appreciated if you have colleagues who may be interested in this service, please share with them.

Yours aye, NCCV Executive
13 Oct 2020 Clearance Divers conduct UXO disposal
13 Oct 2020 Chinese Increasing Nuclear Submarine Shipyard Capacity
As China pushes to become a blue-water power, nuclear-powered submarines are critically important to Beijing’s plan. Historically the Chinese Navy’s (PLAN) nuclear-powered submarine fleet has been constrained by its limited construction capacity.  There is only one shipyard in the country up to the task. But that yard has been undergoing a massive enlargement.  And now, recent satellite imagery suggests an additional capacity expansion.  China’s nuclear-powered submarine fleet was already expected to get much larger in the coming years.  This latest development suggests that China could pump out submarines at an even greater rate.  More.....
12 Oct 2020 Arunta departs Darwin on East Asia Deployment
HMAS Arunta sailed from the Port of Darwin on October 11 after an 11-day logistical visit to the Top End.  Arunta, which recently returned to Australia from a three-month overseas deployment, will now spend the next six weeks engaging in the east Asia region.  Commanding Officer Arunta Commander Troy Duggan said the East Asia Deployment saw the ship interacting with various regional partners to enhance Australia’s ability to operate with them.  More.....
12 Oct 2020 New satellite ground station in WA fully operational
The new Satellite Ground Station near Geraldton, Western Australia is now operational, marking an important milestone in the Morrison Government’s commitment to building Australia’s sovereign satellite capability.  Satellite Ground Station – West, delivered under Joint Project 2008 Phase 3F in partnership with BAE Systems Australia, will provide an anchoring capability to Wideband Global Satellite-Communications satellites primarily located over the Indian Ocean.  More.....
10 Oct 2020 Regional Presence Deployment 2020 Wraps Up
10 Oct 2020 Look out for your mates on World Mental Health Day 2020
TODAY is World Mental Health Day and Australians are urged to look out for their mates who may be struggling, encourage them to seek support and treatment as early as possible as well as taking a moment to recognise those activities we all do to manage our mental health.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Government had made mental health a priority, including for our Australian Defence Force Personnel (ADF), veterans and their families.  More.....
09 Oct 2020 State Official: U.S. Ties with Japan, India and Australia Should be Model for Region
A senior State Department official stressed the strengthening economic, diplomatic and security bonds between the United States, Japan, Australia and India as an example of regional cooperation for other nations who share their values.  Speaking Thursday in a Center for Strategic and International Studies online forum, Marc Knapper, deputy assistant secretary of state for Korea and Japan, said this week’s second foreign ministers’ meeting in Tokyo was an attempt “to regularize” the arrangement that grew out of their response to the 2004 tsunami that devastated the Indo-Pacific.  More.....
09 Oct 2020  Navy Task Group returns from highly successful regional deployment
The Royal Australian Navy has completed its largest deployment of the year, with all of the Task Group ships returning home after three months of engagement with regional partners across Southeast Asia and the Pacific.  As HMAS Hobart sailed into Sydney today, it marked the final ship arriving home after a busy Regional Presence Deployment 2020.  More..... 
09 Oct 2020 Statement — Report provides further understanding of defence and veteran suicide
EVERY year, too many Australians are taken from us by suicide and sadly our ADF personnel and veterans are not immune.  The latest report on incidence of suicide among current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel was released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, revealing 33 deaths by suicide in 2018.  More.....
08 Oct 2020 SECNAV Names Navy’s Newest Class of FFG(X) Ships
Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite announced USS Constellation (FFG 62) as the name for the first ship in the new Guided Missile Frigate (FFG(X)) class of ships Oct. 7 while aboard the museum ship Constellation in Baltimore Inner Harbor.  The name was selected in honor of the first U.S. Navy ships authorized by Congress in 1794 -- six heavy frigates named United States, Constellation, Constitution, Chesapeake, Congress, and President.  More.....
08 Oct 2020 Exmouth base needed to plug naval gap between Perth and Darwin
To make sure that northern Australia is ready to support a range of defence contingencies, the region must have socially and economically prosperous communities. Supporting the development of these kinds of communities is no easy task, because it requires a coordinated effort across multiple levels of government.  With few votes, and even fewer politicians representing the voters who cast them, getting coordinated policy action on northern Australia in Canberra is a challenge.  More.....
08 Oct 2020 Life at sea experience for future leaders
Sailing out of Sydney Harbour for the first time, aboard HMAS Adelaide with five ships trailing in company, is an experience never to be forgotten.  For the 167 trainees currently completing the New Entry Officers’ Course 63, it was an opportunity almost missed due to COVID-19 restrictions.  More.....
08 Oct 2020 Interim response to Productivity Commission report and findings from the TPI Review
THE ex-service community can be assured of the Government’s commitment to putting veterans and their families first with an interim response to the Productivity Commission report, A Better Way to Support Veterans, tabled in Parliament today.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the interim response addressed 25 of the report’s 69 recommendations, with a particular focus on mental health, wellbeing, employment support and transition.  More..... 
08 Oct 2020 Calling on cyber students for the 2021 ADF Cyber Gap Program
If you’re passionate about cyber security and interested in how you can help defend and protect our nation in cyberspace, the 2021 ADF Cyber Gap Program could be for you.  Australian citizens who are already studying or enrolling in a cyber-related qualification can now apply online to be part of the program, which is open to 250 students next year.  More.....
07 Oct 2020 Our October Navy Hero - AB Mostyn Berryman MID, PA2717
Mostyn Berryman was born at Kent Town, South Australia, on 9th November 1923. His father was a signaller in the Australia Imperial force on the Western Front in the First World War.
On April 7 1942, as soon as he could, Berryman volunteered for the Royal Australian Navy. He and his friend, Able Seaman Fred Marsh, were still under training in Melbourne when they heard that a British officer was looking for volunteers to do something special.
'They told us it would be exciting' 
It was the longest 30 minutes of Moss Berryman’s life. Armed with a machine-gun and a cyanide pill, he crouched down low in a small, Japanese fishing boat and thought he was going to die.
It was October 1943, and Berryman and his crew mates were deep inside Japanese territory as part of Z Special Unit’s Operation Jaywick. They were disguised as Malay fishermen and had just completed one of the most daring raids of the Second World War, a mine attack on enemy shipping in Japanese-occupied Singapore harbour. 
Seven Japanese ships had been sunk or disabled during the raid, and the 14 men responsible were heading back to Australia through the Lombok Strait aboard a small wooden fishing boat, MV Krait.  Continued.....
07 Oct 2020 Navy welcomes first of next-generation fleet replenishment, support vessels
The Royal Australian Navy has officially welcomed its new auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship, NUSHIP Supply to Fleet Base West, HMAS Stirling in Western Australia – which marks the next major milestone in the modernisation of the fleet.  NUSHIP Supply will now undergo an Australian fit-out to fit specialised equipment that cannot be installed overseas for security reasons, such as the close-in weapons system, communications suite, Typhoon and combat system – a team of experienced Navantia and defence industry specialists will perform the fit-out.  More.....
07 Oct 2020 Recruits from Navy Indigenous Development Program graduate
Hard work and determination paid off for Recruits from the Navy Indigenous Development Program and Indigenous Pre-Recruit Program as they recently graduated from Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus.  The pathway programs develop the required academic skills, teach leadership and builds their confidence and physical fitness enabling them to reach the required entry level into the Royal Australian Navy.  More.....
07 Oct 2020 MMHN October 2020 Update
Greetings All
Is the tide turning in relation to COVID contagion and Lockdown? Seems so? We know that progress is being made in relation to maritime heritage matters and that the MMHN Events Program can re-commence before too long. We live in hope.  More.....
06 Oct 2020 A safer and stronger Australia - Budget 2020-21
The Morrison Government remains committed to keeping Australians safe, while protecting the nation’s interests as part of Australia’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan, in a rapidly changing global environment.  The 2020-21 Budget sees sustained strong investment in Australia’s national security, with a focus on regional security, building defence capability and creating jobs, boosting Australia’s cyber resilience and supporting Australia’s sovereign defence industry.  More.....
06 Oct 2020 Supporting veterans’ mental health and employment
The Morrison Government is continuing to provide mental health and employment support for veterans and their families as part of our economic recovery plan to guarantee the essential services Australians rely on.  The 2020-21 Budget measures are aimed at ensuring veterans and their families continue to have access to the support they need by helping them find a job after service, and supporting their physical and mental health needs.  More.....
05 Oct 2020 HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group Prowls the Atlantic
05 Oct 2020 Morrison Government shaping the future of Henderson Maritime Precinct
The Morrison Government and Western Australian Government are sponsoring a series of studies to inform the future development of the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson in Western Australia.  The studies will encompass aspects such as wharf design, shiplift and docking options, vessel transfer paths, new berth options, security, utilities, facilities and amenities, and integrated transport solutions.  More..... 
05 Oct 2020 From cryptanalysis to centenarian
Reaching a milestone 100th birthday has led to a day of celebration and reflections, for a member of the Australian Navy family.  Mrs Charmian Gladstone, widow of Rear Admiral Geoffrey Gladstone AO, DSC and Bar, RAN, celebrated her 100th birthday in Sydney last month.  More.....
03 Oct 2020 Minister for Defence thanks ADF for its response to bushfires and COVID-19
02 Oct 2020 China military watch
Welcome to the third edition of ‘China military watch’. This month, we take a look at China’s burgeoning missile and space capabilities.
Ballistic missiles on Chinese merchant vessels?
On 15 September, China successfully launched the Long March-11 solid propellant launch vehicle off a merchant vessel in the Yellow Sea.  This was the second such sea-based launch of a rocket conducted by China, with the first taking place on 5 June last year.  More.....
02 Oct 2020 Defence supply chains and anti-submarine warfare in the Indo-Pacific
Many in the Australian strategic community were pleased to see the commitments in the government’s defence strategic update to improve the country’s defence industrial capabilities and stockpiles of strategic goods. The accompanying force structure plan commits up to $1.1 billion towards building up sovereign weapon-manufacturing capacity and between $20.3 billion and $30.4 billion towards weapon-inventory surety between 2025 and 2040.  More.....
01 Oct 2020 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
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01 Oct 2020 Launch of Defence Values and Behaviours
The Chief of Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC and the Secretary of the Department of Defence, Mr Greg Moriarty, today announced the adoption of a single set of Values and Behaviours for Defence.  The consistent set of Defence Values and Behaviours brings personnel from Navy, Army, Air Force and Australian Public Service, building upon the separate values and behaviours previously employed across the Defence enterprise.  More.....
01 Oct 2020 Increased support for ADF partner employment
Partners of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic will be better supported through changes to the Defence Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP).  Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the coronavirus had affected all Australians, including the partners of Australia’s ADF personnel, and this change was just one of the ways we can support them.  More..... 
30 Sep 2020 Australian Navy joins forces with Singapore on Exercise Singaroo 2020
30 Sep 2020 Appointment of interim National Commissioner welcomed
The next step has been taken in the Federal Government’s efforts to combat suicide in veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force with the appointment of the interim National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester welcomed the announcement made by the Attorney-General Christian Porter today appointing Dr Bernadette Boss CSC to this important role.  More.....
29 Sep 2020 Base Redevelopment Update - September 2020
HMAS Cerberus Commanding Officer, Captain Mike Oborn, CSM provides an update on the Base Redevelopment Project.
29 Sep 2020 Adelaide team helps reopen reef
Navy clearance divers have helped reopen access to Elizabeth Reef, one of the world’s most significant and biologically diverse coral reefs.  The reef is situated within the Lord Howe Marine Park 550km from the New South Wales coastline.  A team from Australian Clearance Diving Team One supported by ship’s company from HMAS Adelaide (III) and air support from an embarked MRH-90 helicopter, worked to locate and remove an unexploded ordnance from the reef at the request of Parks Australia.  More.....
29 Sep 2020 Final tribute for seafarers
The ship’s company of HMAS Adelaide paid tribute to the lives of six fellow Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Navy Reserve seafarers as their ashes were committed to the sea. The ceremony was conducted by Chaplain Simote Finau as the ship transited from Elizabeth Reef, just off Lord Howe Island.  Those remembered were Warrant Officer Garry Kopp, Chief Petty Officer Frederick Churn and his wife Amelia Churn, Leading Seaman Stoker Ernest Brown, Leading Seaman Airman Photographer John Watt, Able Seaman Barrie Bourke and Musician First Class Gordon Crompton.  More.....
28 Sep 2020 Bond with Singapore reaffirmed at 25th iteration of exercise
The Australian and Singapore navies have reunited at sea for the 25th iteration of Exercise Singaroo.  The biennial maritime exercise tests warfare skills, enhances interoperability and reinforces the strong friendship of the two nations.  HMA Ships Hobart and Sirius are taking part in the three-day exercise in the waters off Singapore as part of the Regional Presence Deployment.  More.....
28 Sep 2020 The strange submarine saga: strategy and nightmares
Submarines are a top-of-the-budget answer to a top-of-the-pile nightmare.  The argument for subs lies within the fundamental call on any nation: defend the realm and protect the currency (proving the oldest-profession status of strategists and economists in the state-building game).  More.....
28 Sep 2020 Supporting ADF Reservists through COVID-19
The Morrison Government is continuing to support Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists through the COVID-19 pandemic with new initiatives announced today.
This includes:
* additional reserve days to provide supplementary employment for up to 21,000 existing Reservists;
* an additional 25,000 reserve days to help recruit up to 500 additional ADF Reservists; and
* an overall increase of up to 210,000 in the total reserve days for this financial year.  More..... 
26 Sep 2020 SA jobs boom as Osborne Shipyard is complete
South Australia’s world-leading shipyard at Osborne South is now complete and ready for handover, heralding the beginning of another local jobs boom with the commencement of the $45 billion Hunter Class Frigate program.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison said around 2,500 direct jobs would be created under the new Frigate program, which now starts in December when the first steel is cut for prototyping.  More.....
26 Sep 2020
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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
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