Australia and Sri Lanka to Forge Stronger Ties

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) is Australia’s largest ever Defence engagement activity with Sri Lanka. At the helm of IPE 19 is Commander Joint Task Force 661, Air Commodore Rick Owen. Air Commodore Owen said the Indo-Pacific engagement is a Joint Task Force which includes around 1,200 Australian Defence Force personnel from the Navy, Army and Air Force. The Joint Task Force will visit Colombo and Trincomalee. “What people will see is the Royal Australian Navy and their four ships visiting ports in Sri Lanka,” Air Commodore Owen said. “But…

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Boeing introduces new unmanned system for global defense customers

February 27, 2019 – Boeing has introduced its newest unmanned platform, the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. Designed for global defense customers by Boeing Australia, it is the company’s largest investment in a new unmanned aircraft program outside the United States. The aircraft will complement and extend airborne missions through smart teaming with existing military aircraft. A model of the Boeing Airpower Teaming System was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow by the Australian Minister for Defence, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP. As a research and development activity, the Australian Government…

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Release of Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Discussion Paper

February 15, 2019 – The Coalition Government has today released the Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Discussion Paper. While the Government has already taken many actions to build the workforce, it is important to hear if there is more that we can and should do to support workforce growth. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the Government is therefore seeking submissions on the Discussion Paper, including any pertinent data, to help guide further actions and initiatives to support the development of the naval shipbuilding workforce. “The Government’s investment…

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Naval Group Signs Australian Strategic Partnering Agreement

February 11, 2019 – A significant milestone has been achieved today with the signing of the Future Submarine Program Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) by the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) and Naval Group. The agreement was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, The Hon. Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence and Florence Parly, French Minister for the Armed Forces. The agreement sets out the principles of cooperation between the two partners for the Attack class Submarine Program which will see: the delivery of 12 regionally superior submarines to Australia…

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BAE Systems to enhance the communications and connectivity of U.S. and Joint forces across the Pacific

January 15, 2019 – BAE Systems will assist the U.S. Navy in maintaining and operating multiple electronic, communication, and computing platforms under a five-year, $79.8 million contract. The program, which supports the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific, will enable BAE Systems to continue providing 24/7 operations and maintenance support for afloat and ashore command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence systems. “We are maintaining ship-to-shore, shore-to-aircraft, and shore-to-shore long-range communications systems,” said Mark Keeler, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems’ Integrated Defense Solutions business. “Our work…

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Northrop Grumman Demonstrates AQS-24B Mine Hunting and Undersea Surveillance Capability

December 17, 2018 – The Northrop Grumman Corporation AQS-24B mine hunting system demonstrated the benefits of performing mine warfare from a high-speed, unmanned surface vessel (USV) at the Royal Australian Navy-sponsored Autonomous Warrior 2018 exercise in Jervis Bay, Australia. The Northrop Grumman remote controlled Mine Hunting Unmanned Surface Vessel (MHU), with the AQS-24B mine hunting sensor, demonstrated a safe standoff mine hunting and undersea surveillance capability targeted at addressing three key aspects of the mine warfare challenge: reducing the mine clearance timeline; accurate detection, localization, classification and identification of undersea…

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Growing Australia’s Defence Exports

December 17, 2018 – Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham announced a major milestone has been reached on Australia’s journey to become a top ten global defense exporter. Today we announce the Defence Export Facility will support the export of sophisticated Australian radar systems and patrol boats. This support for Australian defense industry will help create and support Australian jobs. A key initiative of the Liberal National Government’s Defence Export Strategy, the Defence Export Facility was established to grow Australia’s defense exports by helping overcome…

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Next Generation Frigates Contract Awarded to ASC Shipbuilding & BAE Systems Australia

December 14, 2018 – BAE Systems Australia’s new subsidiary ASC Shipbuilding has been awarded a contract by the Australian Government that provides the framework for the design and build of nine Hunter Class frigates for the Royal Australian Navy. The Australian Government and ASC Shipbuilding signed the contract after ASC Shipbuilding structurally separated from ASC Pty Ltd and was acquired today by BAE Systems. Work has already begun to mobilize the Hunter Class Frigate Program, and the Head Contract signed today incorporates detailed scope for the design and engineering work…

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Saab announced as a Combat System Integration Partner for Australia’s Hunter Class Frigate

November 23, 2018 – Saab Australia has been selected by BAE Systems to be part of a team, including Lockheed Martin Australia, to deliver the combat system integration for the Hunter class frigate. This selection continues a long standing and successful partnership on defense projects in Australia and is an important first step in work that will endure for the life of the Hunter class frigate program. At this stage no contract has been signed. “The fact that BAE Systems Australia has selected Saab as partner is further proof of…

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USS Green Bay visits Cairns

November 21, 2018 – USS Green Bay (LPD 20) pulled into Cairns, Australia for a port visit, November 21. The visit comes after Green Bay’s crew and the embarked Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469 provided security and support during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, working closely with government entities including the Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Adelaide (L01). “The Sailors and Marines of Green Bay were proud to represent the United States and provide security and support during…

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HMS Argyll shows firepower on exercise Bersama Lima

October 18, 2018 – Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll demonstrated her firepower alongside the UK’s allies in the Asia Pacific region as part of a major exercise. The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate has been working alongside navies from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand in the South China Sea – demonstrating the UK’s commitment to the region area as part of a long-standing agreement. On this vital exercise, Argyll was joined by a dozen other warships including an Australian fleet replenishment vessel, HMAS Sirius, and Singaporean amphibious landing platform dock…

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Regional Security Focus for Exercise BERSAMA LIMA 18

October 1, 2018 – A multinational response to a regional security threat is the focus of the latest military exercise to involve all three Services of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This year 750 ADF personnel will participate in BERSAMA LIMA 18 conducted in Malaysia, Singapore and over the South China Sea from 2 to 19 October 2018. The Exercise involves member nations of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA): Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Chief of Joint Operations, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, said the FPDA…

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Allied Maritime Warfighters Strengthen Partnerships and Capabilities in San Diego

September 24, 2018 – Maritime leaders from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – the “Five Eyes” alliance – participated in the 2018 Maritime Warfare Working Group (MWWG) here Sept. 17 – 21. The MWWG is an enduring event that improves maritime operability among partners and increases combat effectiveness. “The value of these meetings cannot be overstated,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Christopher Barnes, the deputy commander for SMWDC and leader of the U.S. Navy delegation. “It is critical that we continue to build on our relationships…

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Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)

September 26, 2018 – In the series of meetings of IONS Working Group (IWG) on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), the 3rd meeting is scheduled at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Vishakhapatnam from 27 to 28 September 2018. IONS, the 21st century’s first significant international maritime security initiative launched in February 2008, provides a forum for discussion of regional maritime issues and promotes friendly relationships among member nations. It presently has 24 members and eight observer navies. Participants from the IWG member nations including Australia, Bangladesh, France, India, Indonesia, Iran,…

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USS Michael Murphy Completes Exercise Kakadu

USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), along with a P-8 Poseidon maritime-surveillance aircraft assigned to the “Pelicans” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, and staff from Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, and Commander, Task Force 70 participated in the Australian naval exercise Kakadu, Sept. 6-13. Held biennially, Kakadu is the Royal Australian navy’s premier exercise and provides an opportunity for regional nations to participate in multinational maritime activities. The 2018 exercise featured 24 ships and one submarine from 15 countries. “Kakadu was a valuable experience for Michael Murphy’s crew, and I am proud…

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