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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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26 Sep 2020

Naval Historical Society of Australia (Victorian Chapter)
President's September Musings are now available to download.....
26 Sep 2020 Chinese Navy Crafts Unmanned Sea Hunter Knock-off
A candid photograph posted on Chinese social media sheds light on a Chinese project to develop an unmanned ship similar to the U.S. Navy’s Sea Hunter. The trimaran is remarkably similar to the Sea Hunter in almost every respect.  Although the designation of the project is unknown, based on imagery analysis, the builder and dimensions have been established.  More.....
26 Sep 2020 Virtual awards presentation, a first for CN
The global coronavirus pandemic has increased the use of virtual technology and resulted in the adoption of new and inventive ways of doing things, including the recognition of important career achievements.  Ship's company of HMAS Cerberus has regularly proven their adaptability through COVID-19 restrictions.  Recently a number of staff were treated to the very first virtual presentation of honours and awards by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan via a Zoom presentation.  More.....
25 Sep 2020 Australian Navy completes regional passage exercise with India
The Royal Australian Navy and the Indian Navy demonstrated their interoperability during a recent passage exercise in the Northeast Indian Ocean.  HMAS Hobart sailed in company with INS Sahyadri and Karmuk, highlighting the close working relationship between the Royal Australian Navy and the Indian Navy.  More.....
25 Sep 2020 'B' Block Completely Refurbished
As part of the $500mil HMAS Cerberus Base Redevelopment Project, Building 188 or 'B' Block was completely refurbished. It has maintained its heritage facade on the eastern side whilst having a new contemporary facade on the western side of the building. 'B' Block is home to the Director Training Authority - Maritime Logistics & Health. This new transformed facility will provide training for Navy Sailors and Officers well into the future.
25 Sep 2020 Navy Indigenous Development Program 13 Graduation Ceremony
The Navy Indigenous Development Program is a pathway program the Royal Australian Navy offer to young indigenous adults to assist them to attain the required standard to permanently enlist in the Australian Defence Force.  The program has been running since 2014 and aligns with the Defence Reconciliation Action Plan (D-RAP) and the Australian Government’s agreement on Closing the Gap.
25 Sep 2020 “Value our People” - retirement ceremony initiative
A Next Generation Navy (NGN) initiative to appropriately recognise the service and sacrifice of all Navy personnel and their families has seen the recent approval of formal retirement and discharge ceremonies.  In response to the 2018 Navy Organisational and Cultural review measuring Navy’s culture and climate, NGN identified a greater need to recognise our personnel who honourably complete their service.  These ceremonies are in addition to the awarding of the current Bronze, Silver and Gold service medallion.  More.....
25 Sep 2020 The Pentagon is eyeing a 500-ship Navy, documents reveal
The Pentagon’s upcoming recommendation for a future Navy is expected to call for a significant increase in the number of ships, with officials discussing a fleet as large as 530 hulls, according to documents obtained by Defense News.  Supporting documents to the forthcoming Future Navy Force Study reviewed by Defense News show the Navy moving towards a lighter force with many more ships but fewer aircraft carriers and large surface combatants. Instead, the fleet would include more small surface combatants, unmanned ships and submarines and an expanded logistics force.  More.....
24 Sep 2020 USS Carl Vinson Preparing for First F-35C, ‘Advanced Carrier Air Wing’ Deployment
Next year, the most advanced carrier air wing in history will sail to the Pacific aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).  Last week, the Carrier Air Wing 2 took the first steps in getting its new F-35C Joint Strike Fighters and CMV-22B Ospreys integrated into the air wing and aboard the carrier.
23 Sep 2020 HMAS Sirius archives career milestone
23 Sep 2020 Navy sharpens warfare skills in Exercise PACIFIC VANGUARD 2020
22 Sep 2020 Palau receives Guardian-class Patrol Boat
22 Sep 2020 Australia and Philippines show spirit of mateship
Warships from Australia and the Philippines have exercised for the third time in as many months during a Regional Presence Deployment.  HMA Ships Arunta and Stuart and BRP Apolinario Mabini conducted maritime manoeuvres and communication drills in the Celebes Sea.  More.....
21 Sep 2020/td> Cleanup on USS Bonhomme Richard Continues as Ship’s Fate Remains Unclear
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) hasn’t moved from the pier-side spot where it caught fire on July 12 and burned for almost five days. The ship might not be moving anytime soon.  Investigations into the fire have been extended until at least until December, USNI News understands, and with them any decisions about the fate of the ship.  Still, with the ship still hot enough to need cool air pumped inside, the crew has settled into a new normal, spending their duty rotations helping clear out the amphibious assault ship and offload equipment that can be salvaged and put back into the Navy supply system.  More.....
21 Sep 2020 ADF Cyber Gap Program underway
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Cyber Gap Program is now underway, offering financial support, mentoring and Defence work experience opportunities for cyber students across Australia.  There are 48 students enrolled in this year’s pilot Program, prior to a larger intake of 250 students in 2021.  Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the Program, which is run in partnership with the Digital Transformation Agency, represents an important step in diversifying the Defence cyber workforce.   More..... 
21 Sep 2020 Back to the future
For Midshipman Madeline Moroney, her ADF journey has taken her back to where she started just over a year ago.  She is working as a team leader at the police control point in Gisborne South in her hometown region of Goulburn Valley in Victoria.  Midshipman Moroney is a maritime logistics officer trainee, who with just two weeks left of her initial employment training at HMAS Cerberus, finds herself supporting Operation COVID-19 Assist.  More.....
21 Sep 2020 HMAS Sydney V completes URE on a rainy Sunday morning
21 Sep 2020 New Open Arms office in Melbourne
VETERANS and their families in Melbourne will have easier access to Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling (Open Arms) with the office relocating to 303 Collins Street.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said despite the current coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne, work had continued on outfitting the new office space so veterans and their families would have improved access to support when face-to-face counselling resumes.  More.....
19 Sep 2020 Young Endeavour supports Navy training
JUNIOR Maritime Warfare Officers have been able to continue their Navy training thanks to the Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour, with 57 officers completing their first at-sea training.  Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester congratulated the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme (YEYS) and Royal Australian Navy team who developed a modified youth development program.  More.....
18 Sep 2020 Unmanned Vessels Will Allow the Navy to Reach 355-Ship Fleet
Defense Secretary Mark Esper told sailors today that heavy investment in unmanned systems would be key to the U.S. Navy reaching 355 or more ships and having the lethality and survivability needed if a conflict were to break out with China.  Speaking aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Thursday morning, he told a few dozen sailors that “we’re investing a lot in unmanned vehicles, whether they are unmanned aircraft – and I see a vision of the future where every type of plane function that you see today on the deck would be, could be unmanned, should be unmanned. We need to have those capabilities.”  More.....
18 Sep 2020 Palau receives Guardian-class patrol boat
Australia is stepping up in the Pacific and continuing to deepen our engagement with our regional partners during COVID-19 with the handover of a new Guardian-class Patrol Boat to the Republic of Palau.  The vessel, PSS President HI Remeliik II, was received by Palauan Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Emerson Nobuo at a COVID-safe ceremony in Henderson, Western Australia, celebrating the latest milestone under the Pacific Maritime Security Program.  More.....
18 Sep 2020 Fighting the spread together
ADF members from all three services have been deployed to Victoria in support of the Victorian Government’s push to stop the spread of COVID-19.  RAN nursing officer Lieutenant Commander Roneel Chandra led a triservice team that supported the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to conduct COVID-19 testing.  More.....
17 Sep 2020 U.S. Admiral Talks 3rd Chinese Aircraft Carrier: ‘Go Ahead and Build that Big Ship’
China’s pursuit of more aircraft carriers validates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to building more American aircraft carriers in the future, the U.S. admiral in charge of providing forces to the fleet said on Thursday.  “Good on ‘em. It makes the argument that carriers are important,” Adm. Chris Grady, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, said on Thursday.  “We have them.  They want them and they’re building them.”  More.....
15 Sep 2020 Capability on show as ships leave in formation
Six Australian warships departed Sydney Harbour in formation yesterday to complete a range of training, sea qualification and surveying tasks.  The ships were led by one of the fleet’s largest warships, HMAS Adelaide, followed by its newest ship, the destroyer HMAS Sydney. The formation was completed by three Huon-class ships, Huon, Gascoyne and Yarra and the Anzac-class frigate Anzac.  More.....
13 Sep 2020 RAN joins regional partners for Exercise Pacific Vanguard
The Royal Australian Navy joined an eight-ship fleet with more than 1,500 personnel aboard from Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States for Exercise Pacific Vanguard, in waters off Guam.  Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the exercise brings together four key likeminded regional partners, working in support of a shared vision for a secure, open, prosperous and inclusive region. “The increasing complexity of our security environment highlights the importance of maintaining and growing our regional partnerships,” Reynolds said. “Ours is a strong community built on shared interests, and activities like Exercise Pacific Vanguard increase our ability to contribute to the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific.”  More.....
11 Sep 2020 Nulka installation complete on Canberra Class
World leading, Australian designed anti-missile technology has been installed on HMAS Adelaide by BAE Systems Australia in a ‘COVID-collaboration’ with the Royal Australian Navy.  Nulka is a rocket-propelled active missile decoy system that lures incoming anti-ship missiles away from ships, to protect them and their crews.  More.....
11 Sep 2020 Keel laid for first Offshore Patrol Vessel built in WA
The Morrison Government’s National Shipbuilding Program has reached another milestone with the keel laying for the first Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) under construction in WA.  Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the keel laying is an important naval tradition that brings good luck to the build of the ship and the life of the vessel by placing a coin under the keel.  More.....
11 Sep 2020 World War Two veteran Edna never claimed her service medal - until now
11 Sep 2020 New Deputy Chief for Navy
The RAN has officially welcomed Rear Admiral Chris Smith to the role of Deputy Chief of Navy and Head Navy People Training and Resources (HNPTAR).  At a small ceremony in Canberra today, Rear Admiral Smith took ‘the weight’ of command from Rear Admiral Mark Hammond following Navy tradition and representing the transfer of responsibility.  More.....
11 Sep 2020 China expands its island-building strategy into the Pacific
The world knows the Republic of Kiribati as a very low-lying nation in the mid-Pacific that is in danger of inundation as the climate changes and sea levels rise.  Much less is known about its strategic location and the attention now being paid to it by Beijing, which has proposed large-scale dredging to reclaim land from lagoons.  The aims are to raise the height of atolls and create land for industrial development, including two major ports.  Australia will ignore this activity at its cost.  More.....
11 Sep 2020 Our ships strengthen partnerships in the Pacific
HMA Ships Stuart and Arunta sailed in company with ships from Japan, South Korea and the United States in the Pacific Ocean this week.  Commanding Officer Arunta Commander Troy Duggan said he welcomed this opportunity to continue close and effective cooperation with key partners in the region.  More.....
11 Sep 2020/td> Quarantine seen from both sides
Petty Officer Peter Bellas knows more than most about mandatory quarantine.  In April he undertook 14 days of mandatory quarantine in a Sydney hotel after returning from Operation Manitou where he was conducting maritime security operations in the Middle East.  He is now posted to Operation COVID-19 Assist, helping new arrivals check into their quarantine hotels.  More.....
10 Sep 2020 Chinese Navy flexes muscles with dual carrier operations
With global tensions rising and the war of words between Beijing and Washington escalating, the rising power has sought to flex its growing military capabilities, conducting joint carrier operations for the first time in a direct challenge to the US Navy.  For the first time in nearly a century, two great powers stare across the vast expanse of the Pacific, the incumbent heavyweight champion – the US, tired and battle-weary from decades of conflict in the Middle East – is being circled by the upstart – China, seeking to shake off the last vestiges of the 'Century of humiliation' and ascend to its position as a world leader.  More.....
10 Sep 2020 Submariners remembered at Albany ceremony
Current and former members of the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy gathered in Albany, Western Australia, on August 28 to remember submariners who died during World War II.  Commander Submarine Force Captain Doug Theobald said the city played a significant role in World War II allied submarine operations.  More.....
10 Sep 2020 From pylons to boot-cleaning stations
Boot-cleaning stations are the new innovative inclusions at HMAS Penguin, Sydney.  Three former pylons from the original 1942-built jetty were cleaned and restored to their former glory and given a new life.  The stations are located outside the administration building, the new weapons training systems facility and the leadership school.  More.....
10 Sep 2020 New maritime security training centre for Larrakeyah Defence Precinct, Darwin
The Morrison Government will build a Maritime Security Training Centre in Darwin to facilitate training of Royal Australian Navy and other Australian Defence Force members for Maritime Security operations.  Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said this is one of a number of Defence initiatives that will support the Australian defence industry during the recovery from COVID-19.  More.....
09 Sep 2020
VACANCY

The Victorian Government is seeking expressions of interest for three upcoming vacancies on Victorian Government boards in the Veteran portfolio: the Shrine of Remembrance Trustees and the Victorian Veterans Council.  More.....
09 Sep 2020 Navy Ends Search for Missing Sailor from USS Nimitz
The Navy has concluded the search for the sailor who has been missing and presumed to have gone overboard on Sunday, U.S. 5th Fleet announced on Tuesday afternoon.  Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Ian McKnight, 29, is presumed to have gone overboard on Sunday from USS Nimitz (CVN-68), which was operating in the North Arabian Sea.  More.....
09 Sep 2020 From sea to air in the Middle East
Royal Australian Navy Chief Petty Officer Kieran Lamond, of Ballarat, Victoria, never thought he would work 30,000 feet above Iraq with the RAAF when he joined the ADF more than 18 years ago.  Chief Petty Officer Lamond was an E-7A Wedgetail senior surveillance and control officer with the ADF’s Air Task Group in the Middle East.  More.....
08 Sep 2020 Our September Hero LWRWTR Edith Jessie Flanders WR/1528 - Code Breaker
Edith Jessie Flanders was born on the 10 March 1921 and grew up on her father’s property 7 miles out of Harrow, Victoria.  Her mother did not have a licence and as she could not travel to school, she was educated by Governesses until she went to boarding school at age 14.
As dawn broke over Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance on Anzac Day 2018, war veterans gathered along St Kilda Road readying themselves for the annual march, their enthusiastic camaraderie warming the crisp, solemn autumn air.  Among these revered men and women who served our nation with valour was Jessie Flanders, who at 97 was marching in the Melbourne service for the very first time.  More.....
08 Sep 2020 USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker:  Sept. 7, 2020
These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Sept. 7, 2020, based on Navy and public data.  In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.  More.....
08 Sep 2020 Sea combat simulated in Exercise VIKING RAIDER
Two warships of the Royal Australian Navy have conducted high-end simulated sea combat on opposite coasts as part of Exercise VIKING RAIDER.  HMA Ships Brisbane and Anzac fought together in a real-time maritime warfare scenario using operation room simulators in New South Wales and Western Australia respectively.  More.....
07 Sep 2020 Funding available for Veterans' Health Week activities
VETERANS and their families are being encouraged to keep socially connected as part of Veterans’ Health Week, with $200,000 in funding available to community groups and ex-service organisations to assist with activities.  Veterans' Health Week will be held from Saturday, 24 October to Sunday, 1 November 2020 and communities are being encouraged to get creative to ensure events can still take place, with organisations able to apply for $720 in funding to support their activities.   More..... 
07 Sep 2020 ‘Beetle Bailey’ turns 70 — Will he tackle TikTok next? Or join Space Force?
“Beetle Bailey,” the comic strip centered around the perpetual goof-off and disobedient Army private, celebrated its 70th anniversary on Sept. 4.  Created by Mort Walker as a college themed strip in 1950, the strip follows Pvt. James “Beetle” Bailey and his Army buddies at Camp Swampy. It first became military-themed at the dawn of the Korean War, when Walker decided it was time Bailey enlisted in the Army.  More.....
07 Sep 2020 US Navy searching for missing Nimitz sailor in Arabian Sea
The U.S. Navy is conducting search-and-rescue efforts Sunday in the Arabian Sea following reports of a missing sailor.  The aircraft carrier Nimitz and guided-missile cruiser Princeton are conducting search-and-rescue operations, according to a news release from U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs.  The sailor is listed as “Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown” onboard the Nimitz.  The sailor’s name is being withheld in accordance with Navy policy.
07 Sep 2020 Sirius critical to success of international exercises
HMAS Sirius has proved invaluable during her current international deployment, not only to the Australian ships in the task group but to multiple partner nations, which benefited from the reliable and efficient replenishment support Australia’s only tanker provides.  The replenishment oiler has refuelled ships from Japan, Singapore, Canada, South Korea and the United States, during the Regional Presence Deployment through South-East Asia and the Pacific.  More.....
07 Sep 2020 Award recognises safety and innovation
HMAS Adelaide has been recognised with a 2020 Work Health and Safety Award for improving safety for personnel and extending the service life of some of the ship's key components.  The engineering team for the landing helicopter dock (LHD) designed and implemented new fan shrouds after a critical failure of the ship’s fan blade in 2017.  More.....
07 Sep 2020 HMAS Gascoyne returns to sea
HMAS Gascoyne has evoked her motto "return to the sea" after completing her unit readiness evaluation in Jervis Bay.  The evaluation was a culmination of a long period of preparation, training and assessments for the crew, many of who deployed on Operation COVID-19 Assist earlier in the year.  More.....
04 Sep 2020 Testing times for submariner
First-aid personnel are enhancing Victoria's public testing as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist. Navy submariner and training instructor Petty Officer Gareth James is a member of HMAS Cerberus’ medical emergency team and was quick to volunteer to help.  Petty Officer James is based at the symptomatic testing site at Shepparton in regional Victoria and said the operation was similar to other deployments he had been on.  More.....
04 Sep 2020 Navy’s next-gen replenishment ship sets sail for Australia
The Royal Australian Navy’s lead ship of the Supply Class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ships, NUSHIP Supply, has set sail from Navantia’s Ferrol shipyard for Australia.  The occasion was marked by a small ceremony held in Ferrol attended by senior Navantia personnel, the Royal Australian Navy’s defence attaché in Madrid, Captain Tim Byles, and the Department of Defence’s inspection team from Teekay.  More.....
03 Sep 2020 HMAS Canberra returns home
HMAS Canberra returned to Sydney after a three-month deployment comprised of multilateral training exercises as part of a task group, maritime integration with Army elements and a successful search and rescue in the Pacific.  Commanding Officer Captain Terry Morrison commended the resilience and hard work of the ship’s company and embarked forces during a busy deployment without port visits because of COVID-19 restrictions.  More.....
03 Sep 2020 HMAS Toowoomba welcomed at Henderson for upgrade
BAE Systems Australia has welcomed a fifth ANZAC class warship to its Henderson facility as part of the fleet upgrade that will keep the ships in service until they are replaced by the Hunter class frigates. The ANZAC Mid Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade is being undertaken by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance. HMAS Toowoomba joins sister ships, Warramunga and Perth. HMAS Toowoomba will be the fifth of eight ships to receive the AMCAP upgrade which includes:
02 Sep 2020 Navy vets acquire boat manufacturer and design firm for maritime defence
Watercraft manufacturer The Whiskey Project Group, led by two Royal Australian Navy veterans, announced the acquisition of boat manufacturer and government supplier Yamba Welding & Engineering (YWE), and maritime design company Naiad, in a strategic move that they say helps secures Australian defence industry capability in the post-COVID economy and heralds a new era of sovereign design and industrial capability for military and specialist watercraft.  More.....
02 Sep 2020
It's Legacy Week and Mornington Peninsula Legacy's annual fundraising campaign is online this year. They still have close to 1000 people on their books and through their annual Badge Week Appeal they usually raise enough money to meet their necessary needs. This year they’re obviously going to be struggling. If you usually purchase a Legacy badge, pen or teddy bear from their volunteers around the Peninsula, why not go online this year to make your purchase.
SHOP:
https://mplegacy.tidyhq.com/public/shop/products 
DONATE:
https://hub.benojo.com/cause/mplegacy 
01 Sep 2020 Pentagon Report: China Now Has World’s Largest Navy as Beijing Expands Military Influence
China is bent on creating a world-class military that can conduct joint operations across the globe and already boasts the world’s largest navy, according to the Pentagon’s latest annual assessment of the Chinese military.  A “permanent condition of military inferiority is anathema” to China’s leadership and nowhere is that more obvious in its naval build-up, Chad Sbragia, deputy assistant secretary of defense for China, said during a Tuesday American Enterprise Institute forum.  More.....
01 Sep 2020 GE383 SHIPP Division Graduation Parade video
01 Sep 2020 Legacy Week goes digital
Laying a wreath at the Australian War Memorial on August 31 at the launch of Legacy Week, widow Denise Bird described the organisation as being like an extended family.  “As soon as you’re widowed, you’ve got an enormous amount of work to do trying to sort everything,” Mrs Bird said.  “Legacy were such a help. They sat me down, talked me through what I had to do and photocopied things for me.”  More.....
01 Sep 2020 MMHN September 2020 Update
Gloom and Doom pervades our daily news - prologued economic and social hardship.  Yet around maritime matters there is well-founded optimism particularly in relation to the maritime industry, trade and the MMHN.  The sophistication, scale and efficiency of Melbourne’s port activities reflects the dedication of thousands of Victorians involved in servicing our State’s supply chains and we should all be proud of, and cheered by, what has been achieved.  More.....
01 Sep 2020 Mission to Seafarers Art Prize
The Mission to Seafarers Maritime Prize and Exhibition will be opening on 16 October until 1 November.  You will be able to enjoy looking at the wonderful Maritime art in the building at 717 Flinders St, Docklands or online. Further details are available at https://missiontoseafarers.com.au/art-prize/
If you can't make it to the show, then why not buy a raffle ticket online for one of the fabulous prizes on offer; Prizes to be confirmed.  $5 per ticket and it will be drawn in October at the People’s Choice awards night. https://missiontoseafarers.com.au/product/2020-raffle-tickets/
01 Sep 2020 FlyBy
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
September issue.....
01 Sep 2020 Australian Icebreaker RSV Nuyina at Damen Vlissingen Shipyard for Sea Trails
Damen has been working on the Australian Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) since 2016.  A floating laboratory icebreaker that will carry out research in the Southern Oceans and around Antarctica.  After the initial construction of RSV Nuyina at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, the ship is now undertaking final commissioning tests and being prepared for sea trials in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.  Damen is building the vessel for Serco Group on behalf of the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).  RSV Nuyina will be one of the most advanced scientific research vessels in the world.  More.....
01 Sep 2020 Multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific 2020 concludes
The international maritime exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020 concluded Aug. 31 following two weeks of at-sea-only training events conducted around the Hawaiian Islands.  This year’s event included 53 replenishment-at-sea events, 101 pallets of cargo distributed, over 16,000 rounds of small arms munitions shot, over 1,000 large caliber weapons fired, 13 missiles expended, and 1,100 pounds of mail delivered.  More.....
01 Sep 2020 RIMPAC 2020 ex-USS Durham SINKEX
01 Sep 2020 RIMPAC 2020 Participants Conduct Sinking Exercise
Live fire from ships and aircraft participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise sank the decommissioned amphibious cargo ship ex-USS Durham (LKA 114), Aug. 30.  The sinking exercise (SINKEX) provided participating units the opportunity to gain proficiency and confidence in their weapons and systems through realistic training that could not be duplicated in simulators.  More.....
31 Aug 2020 Australian industry delivers 1000th F-35 infrared imagery capability
The Australian arm of Collins Aerospace has delivered the 1000th 360-degree situational awareness system for the global F‑35 Joint Strike Fighter Program to the United States, marking a significant milestone for the program.  The Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System (EODAS) optical assembly is the eyes of the aircraft, providing the pilot with a 360-degree spherical view of their surroundings.  More.....
31 Aug 2020 Navy excels during live missile firing
The Royal Australian Navy has proven its warfighting capability with devastating effect at Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).  Anzac-class frigate HMAS Stuart successfully fired two Harpoon missiles and coordinated the missile firings of three other ships during one of RIMPAC’s best-known serials called the SINKEX, where participants sink a decommissioned warship.  More.....
29 Aug 2020 China military watch
Welcome to the second instalment of ‘China military watch’, a new monthly feature discussing recent trends in Chinese military affairs.  This week, Charlie Lyons Jones and Malcolm Davis look at the People’s Liberation Army’s perception of Australia’s defence strategic update and the growth of China’s carrier fleet in the Indo-Pacific.  More.....
29 Aug 2020 Our Cadets Need You
Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) is a youth organisation for people aged 13-17 years of age and they are currently seeking Expressions of Interest nationally, to perform the roles of Officers and Instructors of Cadets.  The ANC’s vision is to provide an environment and opportunities to develop young Australians to become capable, confident and resilient members of their communities. This is achieved through delivering safe, challenging and meaningful experiences in the maritime environment.  More.....
29 Aug 2020 Legacy Week — Supporting our veterans' families
THIS coming week is Legacy Week, an annual appeal that raises awareness and funds to support the families of Australian veterans.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said Legacy Week was known for its trademark badges and was a simple way that Australians can support our ex-service personnel and their families, and say ‘thank you’.  More.....
28 Aug 2020 Chinese PLA Navy Type 075 amphibious assault ship completes maiden sea trials
According to footage and photos published on Chinese websites, China’s first Type 075 amphibious assault ship completed an 18-day maiden sea trial and returned to its shipyard in Shanghai last Sunday.  The warship is expected to join the Chinese navy’s marines next year, military analysts said.  According to a military insider, the amphibious warship is still awaiting the launch of the aircraft it would carry:  the naval versions of the Z-8J and Z-20J, which are modified based on the air force’s Z-8 and Z-20 armed helicopters.  More.....
28 Aug 2020 Watch the Coast Guard shoot at a shark for trying to join a swim call party
Outsiders are often left bewildered if asked to describe the complexities of what the Coast Guard does, at least without offering a gauche “guard the coast” quip.  If anything, the service’s intricate mission now appears even more perplexing after a scene that unfolded last week aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball.  More.....
28 Aug 2020 Destroyer Conducts South China Sea FONOP Day After Chinese ‘Carrier Killer’ Missile Tests
A guided-missile destroyer conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea past the Paracel Island chain on Thursday, one day after China launched missile tests in the South China Sea, U.S. 7th Fleet announced on Thursday.  USS Mustin (DDG-89) operated past the islands that are claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.  More.....
28 Aug 2020 Leeuwin takes to local waters for intensive training
HMAS Leeuwin has spent two weeks conducting intensive training and evaluation in beautiful weather off Mission Beach, 140km south of Cairns, in preparation for operational taskings later this year.  The training follows a major maintenance period in June, when the ship slipped at Tropical Reef Shipyard for over eight weeks.  More.....
27 Aug 2020 Hobart flexes her might
HMAS Hobart has become the first Hobart-class guided missile destroyer to conduct a live fire at Exercise Rim of the Pacific, making it the most sophisticated and lethal warship ever operated by the RAN.   Alongside ships from the United States and Canada, Hobart successfully fired an SM-2 against an unmanned target as part of the exercise scenario.  More.....
27 Aug 2020 Welcome step towards suicide prevention for defence personnel and veterans
LEGISLATION introduced today by the Attorney-General is a significant step forward in the establishment of the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention — a powerful new independent and enduring body focused on understanding and addressing the risk factors of defence force and veteran suicide.  This legislation will formally create the National Commissioner position and sets out the National Commissioner’s functions and powers.  The National Commissioner will have powers to inquire fully into deaths by suicide among Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans.  More.....
26 Aug 2020
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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


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