Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander,…

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Australia’s safest ever submarine rescue system goes into service

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Australian Government have granted the license to operate new $A19.7 million (£11.05 m) hyperbaric equipment which means that for the first time, the whole crew of an Australian submarine can be treated at once. The equipment – a transfer under pressure chamber and recompression treatment suite – was received from JFD, the world’s leading company in submarine rescue and part of James Fisher and Sons plc as part of an existing Escape and Rescue contract at its advanced manufacturing headquarters at Bibra Lake,…

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Australia – AEGIS Combat System Equipment for Australia Surface Combatants

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2018 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of equipment associated with the integration of the CEAFAR 2 Phased Array Radar System with the AEGIS Combat System for an estimated cost of $185 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia has requested to buy long lead items, engineering and development activities, establishment of engineering development sites, and commencement of development activities associated with the…

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Saab Australia Congratulates BAE Systems Australia on Future Frigate Selection

Saab Australia congratulates BAE Systems Australia on being selected to deliver Australia’s next generation warships under the Future Frigate program. Saab Australia and BAE Systems Australia have enjoyed a long and successful collaboration on many naval programs, including the highly successful ANZAC frigate, and we now look forward to continuing our close working relationship on this major project. It was announced in October 2017 that Saab Australia would develop and supply the tactical interface for the nine new ships being built under the Future Frigate program. “The combination of BAE…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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Contribution of Lockheed Martin to Australia

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has released the KPMG report ‘The Economic Contribution of Lockheed Martin to Australia’ and notes that Lockheed Martin Australia’s workforce has increased by almost 100 per cent since 2016. “As this report notes, for the year of 2016, Lockheed Martin Australia contributed an estimated $340 million to Australia’s GDP,” Minister Pyne said.

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U.S. Navy, Australia sign agreement for Triton UAS

The Australian government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Navy June 25, to purchase up to six MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). The MOU outlines the cooperative agreement between the two countries which will allow Australia to influence future design and development of the program. The Royal Australian Air Force plans to operate Triton alongside the P-8A Poseidon to support its maritime patrol and other surveillance roles. “Our team is eager to partner with Australia and enhance our ability to improve Australian and U.S. capabilities in…

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Light used to protect ships and the marine environment

Light could hold the key to reducing operational costs for Defence and protect ships and the environment from marine pest invaders. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced Defence Science and Technology (DST) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) are researching a novel approach of using ultra-violet (UV) light to protect particular sensitive areas on a ship’s hull from biofouling. Biofouling is the accumulation of marine life on a ship’s hull. “I welcome this collaboration to combat what is a major problem for the…

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US Navy Announces 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the…

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Statement by the NATO Secretary General on MH17 investigation

The Netherlands and Australia have announced that they hold Russia responsible for its part in the downing of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014. I call on Russia to accept responsibility and fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability, in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166. Yesterday’s interim report of the ‎Joint Investigation Team on the downing of MH17 concluded that the missile launcher used to shoot down the plane originated from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Brigade of the Russian Federation, stationed in Kursk. The downing of MH17…

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Record number of applicants for defence industry jobs

Saab Australia has reported a record number of applicants during a recent recruitment drive. This further highlights the effectiveness of the Turnbull Government’s policy to attract people to the growing defence industry, the burgeoning work force behind the Australian Defence Force. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the Adelaide-based company’s latest graduate recruitment round was a huge success. “Saab has advised more than 260 applications were received, which shows growing confidence in the defence industry sector and the careers on offer,” Minister Pyne said. “This is…

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Naval Group Marks Two Years in Australia

Thursday, 26th April 2018 will mark the two year anniversary of Naval Group being selected by the Australian Government as the international partner for the design and build of 12 regionally superior submarines for the Royal Australian Navy. Since being awarded the contract, we have achieved some significant company, industry and Program milestones. We are only two years into a 50 year program and while much has been achieved, we still have a long way to go. We remain committed to delivering a regionally superior submarine by bringing international experience…

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Innovative Australian technologies to be tested on US Helicopter

Defence scientists will use a retired US Navy Seahawk helicopter to develop fatigue testing technologies, which could transform how military helicopters are managed with the potential to reduce maintenance costs and improve aircraft availability. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the new technologies could have significant benefits for both military and civilian helicopter operators. “In a world first, Defence scientists and engineers are developing a full-scale, structural fatigue test rig that can accurately replicate the loads and forces experienced by a helicopter in flight,” Minster Pyne…

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KBR wins Future Submarine Construction Yard concept design contract

Naval Group Australia has partnered with KBR to support the design of the Future Submarine Construction Yard, a vital piece of the Osborne Naval shipbuilding precinct. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the Future Submarine Construction Yard would sit alongside the surface shipyard, which will deliver the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Frigates. “KBR has extensive experience in this field and it’s great they have partnered with Naval Group Australia to complete the concept design for the state of the art construction yard where our Future Submarine…

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New Zealand hosts conventional weapons conference

New Zealand is hosting 14 Pacific countries at the Pacific Conference on Conventional Weapons Treaties in Auckland from 12 to 14 February. New Zealand’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, formally welcomed delegates to the Conference with a reception in Auckland. “The Conference provides an opportunity to reinforce the importance our region places on enhancing human security and protecting our peoples from harm,” said Mr Tabuteau. “It further reaffirms the role that the Pacific can play in protecting and strengthening global norms and in advancing the scope and span…

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