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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HMAS Hobart visits namesake city for the first time

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest warship, HMAS Hobart, has arrived in its namesake city for the first time. This port visit is the first time in 18 years a ship carrying the name Hobart has visited the City of Hobart and will see the guided missile destroyer feature as the flagship in the Royal Hobart Regatta. Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, said the ship’s company are excited to strengthen the ties Navy already has with Hobart and Tasmania. “Hobart has always been a friend of Navy and we…

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Exercise Cutlass Express 2018 Begins

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, and the United States, as well as several international organizations began the seventh iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2018, Jan. 31. Cutlass Express 2018, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa is an exercise designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity, promote national and regional security in East Africa as well as information sharing, planning and operating. “Criminal activities pose a big threat to the security of…

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Lockheed Martin Australia welcomes Future Submarine Combat System contract announcement

Defence technology and innovation company, Lockheed Martin Australia, welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, that its contract with the Commonwealth of Australia for the Future Submarine Combat System Design, Build and Integration has been signed. Commenting on the announcement, Lockheed Martin Australia Chief Executive, Vince Di Pietro AM, said the signing of the contract is an important development in the delivery of the Future Submarine project. “Today’s announcement marks the next phase in the design and delivery of Australia’s future submarine fleet.…

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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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