Young Endeavour races to 30th birthday

The countdown is on as the Royal Australian Navy operated tall ship Young Endeavour approaches her 30th birthday, with celebrations planned in Sydney. The 44-metre brigantine was the bicentenary gift from Britain to the people of Australia. Commanding Officer Young Endeavour, Lieutenant Commander Mike Gough said the ship was an important gift between the nations. “Young Endeavour was purpose-built by Britain to help Australia celebrate. This generous gift was a big deal at the time and she continues to play an important role in the life of young Australians.” “More…

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Royal Navy ship set for Australia

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed that HMS Sutherland will visit Australia in the New Year as part of her Asia Pacific deployment. The Defence Secretary had announced that the ship would sail to the Asia Pacific whilst addressing the crew on-board in Devonport on Friday, and has now provided further information of the deployment. During recent conversations with Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne the Defence Secretary reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening the Australia-UK defence relationship and exploring opportunities for our Armed Forces…

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Next steps of Australian-Singapore military training initiative implementation

Following consultation with the local community, businesses, representative groups and landholders, the Department of Defence today confirmed the Shoalwater Bay Training Area will be expanded and Defence will seek to develop an alternative site in the vicinity of Townsville as part of the Australia-Singapore Military training Initiative. Land will only be purchased from willing sellers in accordance with the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne’s statement on 7 February 2017. Following the consideration of community feedback, Defence will seek to purchase land from willing sellers at one alternate…

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Australian Defence Companies Win Global Contracts

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne MP has congratulated two Australian companies for winning work on the Type 26 Global Combat Ship being built by BAE Systems in the United Kingdom. These contracts were won under the Defence Global Supply Chain (GSC) program which is managed by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability. Minister Pyne said the program would provide export opportunities for Australian small-to-medium sized companies in the supply chains of prime defense contractors. “I am delighted Tasmanian-based Liferaft Systems Australia will provide the ship’s Marine Evacuation System, while…

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Sailing In Sync with Singapore

As a MRH-90 helicopter from HMAS Adelaide touched down in a deck landing practice on the flight deck of RSS Supreme, Australia’s interoperability with the Singapore Armed Forces moved to a new level. Following the deck landing practice, HMA Ships Adelaide and Darwin joined with their Singaporean Navy counterparts on Supreme in a passage exercise. Both Australian ships were in Singapore to strengthen humanitarian assistance and disaster relief interoperability with counterparts in the Singapore Armed Forces by embarking vehicles and soldiers on board Adelaide. Australia and Singapore have a strong…

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Australia and Fiji Reaffirm Strengthening Security Relationship

Australia and Fiji have reaffirmed our two nations’ commitment to strengthening our defense relationship following a successful bilateral defense ministers’ meeting in Nadi today. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Fiji’s Minister for National Security and Defence, the Hon Ratu Inoke Kubuabola MP, discussed our growing bilateral defence relationship and regional security interests. The program included a meeting with Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, and a tour of Fiji’s Blackrock peacekeeping training facility. “Fiji is an important partner to Australia…

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Philippines and Australia agree to enhanced counter terrorism cooperation

The Australian Defence Force will expand its assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to strengthen its long-term ability to combat terrorist threats and prevent the spread of Daesh to our region. Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne said ADF mobile training teams will begin providing urban warfare counter-terrorism training in the Philippines in the coming days. The agreement comes after five months of fierce fighting in the Southern Philippines city Marawi, which was seized by Daesh-aligned terrorists in May. Minister Payne welcomed the announcement by the…

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Smooth sailing in the Philippines

The recent visit to the Philippines, by two Australian Navy ships of the Indo-Pacific Task Group has significantly reinforced the strong defense relationship between Australia and the archipelago. Led by HMAS Adelaide in company with HMAS Darwin, both ships were welcomed to the Port of Manila by the Philippines Navy for a full day of engagements including the visit by the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Australian Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin. The Task Group later sailed to Subic Bay for a four-day visit, where…

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Exercise enhances maritime security

Exercise LUMBAS is an annual bi-lateral exercise between the Australia and the Philippines, and is being undertaken concurrently to the Royal Australian Navy’s visit to the region. The long standing and close working relationship between Australia and the Philippines was reinforced with amphibious giant, HMAS Adelaide hosting a visit and capability briefing to participants. Royal Australian Navy, Philippine Navy and other Philippine Government Agencies aim to develop and enhance procedures for the conduct of maritime support operations and maritime interdiction operation throughout the Philippines as a result. HMA Ships Adelaide…

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Minister for Defence Industry opens new Australian office

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today opened the new office of QinetiQ Australia in Mawson Lakes for their expanded staff. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne MP opens new Australian office “South Australia has a strong Defence industry, and QinetiQ’s new office demonstrates their confidence in and commitment to Australia and Australian jobs,” Minister Pyne said. “QinetiQ provides a range of advanced services to Defence, recently acquiring RubiKon Group; it has 27 staff now in Adelaide.” “QinetiQ is experiencing strong growth across Australia and now…

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Saab Sign Contract to Protect Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s Ports

Defence and security company Saab has been selected by Australian Maritime Systems Group (AMSG) to provide the Government of Queensland in Australia with a Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS). This system will serve the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland´s ports in Australia. The system will improve maritime safety and navigation efficiency, safety of life at sea, and protect the marine environment. “Queensland’s existing Vessel Traffic Service operations would undergo a major systems upgrade to help meet the modern demands of international shipping and environmental safeguards. Operators will be able…

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Data Analytics Collaboration To Improve Naval Capability

The Royal Australian Navy will use an innovative new data analytics system to improve fleet efficiency and capability as part of a new collaboration with GE and CSIRO’s Data61. The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the GE LM2500 gas turbines that power the Adelaide and Anzac class frigates will be fitted with new sensors and coupled with advanced algorithms that will improve operational effectiveness and reduce operating costs. “The collaboration between Defence, GE and Data61 would see the collection and analysis of gas turbine data to…

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Terma pursues new business opportunities in Australia

Terma has successfully delivered naval and surveillance systems for various Royal Australian Navy (RAN) programs. Pacific International Maritime Exposition, Sydney – Based on a series of successful deliveries of naval and surveillance systems for various Royal Australian Navy (RAN) programs, Terma continuously pursues new business opportunities on the Australian market. To secure this process, Terma collaborates with Jenkins Engineering Defense Systems (JEDS) on activities within sales, installation, support, and services. JEDS is trained in sustainment of Terma’s SCANTER 2001, 5000, and 6000 series radars and has participated in C-Guard setting…

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MBDA Showcasing Missile System Capabilities at Pacific 2017

MBDA is pleased to announce its presence at Pacific 2017 held in Sydney from the 3rd to 5th of October. At the exposition MBDA will be displaying a number of major developments, not only aimed at maritime operations but also for land and air. With Australia looking for a new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle under its Land 400 program, MBDA stands to offer the best Anti-Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW) available, MMP. MMP is the only fully qualified and proven fifth generation ATGW available, and MBDA has decided to use the opportunity…

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US Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt Celebrates 50 Years in Australia

It’s been 50 years since one of the key communications hubs for the submarine community opened its gates and created a remote Western Australian town in the process. More than 1,200 kilometers north of Perth, Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt, in Exmouth, marked 50 years on 16 September with celebrations aplenty. Initially named U.S. Naval Communication Station North West Cape, the Station was renamed a year later in honor of the Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt who opened the facility but disappeared months later, assumed drowned. The Royal Australian…

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