Final Air Warfare Destroyer completes sea trials

November 9, 2019 – The Australian Defence Force’s third Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), NUSHIP Sydney, is on track to be delivered to the Navy in February 2020 after completing sea trials. Sydney is the third and final ship being delivered by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance which includes the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia, and ASC Shipbuilding supported by Navantia Australia. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the success of Sydney’s sea trials represents a significant step towards its delivery. “Today’s milestone is another example of…

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JMSDF, RCN, RAN & US Navy Conduct Bilateral Annual Exercise ‘19

November 11, 2019 – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy began their bilateral maritime field exercise, Annual Exercise ‘19, in the waters surrounding Japan, Nov. 10. The annual bilateral exercise provides the two allies the ability to practice and evaluate coordination procedures and interoperability elements while further building on bilateral relationships. “The bonds between JMSDF and U.S. Navy become stronger than they have ever been. Our sturdy relationship will contribute to promoting the Free and Open Indo – Pacific.” said Vice Adm. Hiroyuki Kasui, commander in…

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HMAS Adelaide to support Operation Render Safe for the first time

October 27, 2019 – Operation RENDER SAFE 2019 has commenced in the Solomon Islands, with the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces working together with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to dispose of Second World War explosives. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the Solomon Islands is still affected by a large number of unexploded and abandoned munitions. “The scale of military action that occurred in the Pacific is evident in the amount of explosive material still being found almost 75 years since the…

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Navy-themed New Testament Launched in Sydney

October 20, 2019 – A Navy-themed edition of the New Testament has been launched aboard HMAS Canberra at Fleet Base East in Sydney, making it easy for officers and sailors of faith to take the Bible to sea. The Navy Edition of the New Testament is provided by the Bible Society Australia to Navy at no cost, upholding a relationship between the Bible Society Australia and the Australian Defence Force that goes back to the First World War. Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan and Navy’s Senior Leadership Team…

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Tiger 75’s stripes on display in new exhibit

October 10, 2019 – An icon of naval aviation now features at the Australian National Maritime Museum with the new S-70B-2 (Bravo) Seahawk ‘Tiger 75’ exhibit officially opened during the 2019 Sea Power Conference. The nineteen metre-long aircraft, with a tail painted in the tiger-striped livery of 816 Squadron, is suspended 10 metres in the air from the museum’s ceiling, giving visitor a close-up look of an aircraft with 29 years of service history with the Royal Australian Navy. Tiger 75 deployed to the Middle East multiple times, and was…

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Raytheon to Provide Combat System Engineering Support Services

October 8, 2019 – Raytheon will provide combat system engineering support services to the Royal Australian Navy for up to six years following a new agreement with Defence. The Liberal and National Government is committed to providing the Australian Defence Force with the best capability to defend Australia’s national interests. Under this new agreement, Raytheon Australia will support Defense’s upgrades to surface ship combat systems by providing engineering and logistics services. This will capitalize on existing knowledge, skills, systems and processes developed by Raytheon Australia through the Hobart class Destroyer…

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The Tracker has Landed

October 6, 2019 – After months of intensive testing and preparation a Grumman Tracker (844) flew, for the first time since 1998, from HMAS Albatross to her new home at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Aviation Museum at Illawarra Regional Airport. With the Tracker now at home in the museum, visitors will have the opportunity to view a flying icon of Naval Aviation History. Fleet Air Arm Museum Manager Stuart Harwood said it was a heartwarming sight. “Previously I was the volunteer manager of the Royal Australian Navy Historic Flight,…

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Thinking Navy Approach – Sea Power in Focus at Sydney Summit

October 4, 2019 – Navy members of all ranks are being encouraged to attend the Royal Australian Navy’s most important international engagement of the year: Sea Power Conference 2019 (Sea Power 2019). With a packed conference program that starts on Tuesday, Sea Power 2019 will see some of the world’s most prominent military and academic minds come together for three days of robust discussions and presentations on maritime matters and the Royal Australian Navy’s role in contributing to maritime security in the Indo-Pacific. Held every two years, Sea Power 19…

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U.S., Allied Forces Complete EOD Exercise Hydracrab 2019

August 31, 2019 – Expeditionary forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States completed exercise Hydracrab 2019, Aug. 31. Hydracrab was a first-of-its-kind quadrilateral exercise with key partner nations, which began Aug. 19 and spanned two weeks. The exercise aimed to prepare allied explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) forces to operate as an integrated, capable force in the changing and complex maritime Indo-Pacific region. “During the inaugural EOD Hydracrab exercise, our teams took on an incredible compilation of highly-realistic unit level drills, and several tactics exchanges,” said Cmdr. Andrew…

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Paluma Assumes First Lady Mantle

August 6, 2019 – HMAS Paluma has been formally recognised as the ‘First Lady of the Fleet’, assuming the title of longest serving ship in the Royal Australian Navy. Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead handed a perpetual trophy to Paluma’s ship’s company at her homeport in Cairns. Paluma became the First Lady of the Fleet following the decommissioning of HMAS Success after 33 years of service. Paluma was commissioned on 27 February 1989 and has sailed 421,000 nautical miles over the past 30 years, primarily charting the coastal waters…

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The Green Ghost and Cobra 16 Combine

August 2, 2019 – Two of Navy’s newest cutting-edge platforms have combined, with the air warfare destroyer HMAS Hobart embarking an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and standing up an aviation department for the first time for first-of-class flight trials. Hobart – nicknamed the ‘Green Ghost’ – has been carrying out trials with the aircraft from 816 Squadron – dubbed ‘COBRA 16’ – off the coast of New South Wales, establishing operating limits and testing recent upgrades to the ship under the AIR9000 project. Personnel from Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials…

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Exercise Talisman Sabre Concludes

July 27, 2019 – The closing ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 has been held in the Port of Brisbane today, marking the conclusion of Australia’s largest bilateral defence exercise with the United States. Over 1,000 personnel embarked on the USS Wasp to formally close the exercise and farewell those who participated over the past two weeks. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said Talisman Sabre was a major success, increasing interoperability between the Australian and United States defence forces, and strengthening ties with other participating nations.…

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Show of Force

July 12, 2019 – In a demonstration of combat power, 17 warships from four nations united at first light to conduct a close-in formation at the opening stages of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019. Amphibious Assault Ship USS Wasp and Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan led the fleet with Australia’s Landing Helicopter Docks HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra and Japan’s helicopter destroyer JS Ise formed up in close proximity. Other warships from Canada, Japan, the United States and Australia, including the frigates HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta, escorted the show of…

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Ships converge for Talisman Sabre 2019

July 11, 2019 – Seventeen ships from the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan sailed together in formation for a massive photo exercise July 10, to signify the beginning of naval maneuvers as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. This year’s Talisman Sabre is focused on defending the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea, air, space and cyberspace guaranteed to all nations under international law and considered essential to prosperity, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region. “Interoperability and working alongside allies and partners really is the future, particularly…

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