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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NZDF Joining Multi-National Military Exercise in Australia

July 1, 2019 (released July 10, 2019) – More than 600 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel, 27 New Zealand Army light armoured vehicles, three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters and Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Canterbury are on their way to Australia for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. This is the third time New Zealand has been invited to take part in the exercise, which is a bilateral, Australian-hosted and United States-supported combined exercise that is held every two years to improve combat readiness, exercise war fighting…

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Fleet Sails for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019

July 10, 2019 – Australian, United States, Japanese and New Zealand naval vessels have sailed for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019 following an opening ceremony in Brisbane this week. The ceremony, held in the Port of Brisbane on the US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, formally launched Australia’s largest bilateral exercise with the United States of America. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, CSC, said the exercise was designed to enhance combat readiness and interoperability between the Australian and United States Armed Forces. “This premier military engagement…

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Talisman Sabre 2019 – Largest Ever Bilateral Defence Exercise Begins

July 7, 2019 – The opening ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 has been held in the Port of Brisbane today on the USS Ronald Reagan to formally launch Australia’s largest bilateral exercise with the United States. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the exercise was designed to enhance combat readiness and interoperability between the Australian and United States Armed Forces. “This premier military engagement reflects the strength of the Australia-US alliance and the closeness of our military to military relationship,” Minister Reynolds said. “Exercise Talisman…

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Sea Series delivers a series of firsts

June 29, 2019 – In 2005, the then Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Shalders, described amphibious warfare as “the most complex proposition for the future of Australian Defence Force combat power development to 2025.” Fourteen years later in Exercises SEA EXPLORER and SEA RAIDER, Navy and the broader Australian Defence Force have demonstrated how they’ve stepped up to the challenge. These amphibious exercises were held in littoral areas between Townsville and Cairns in the lead up the multi-national exercise TALISMAN SABRE, to be held in July. The activities demonstrated…

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HMAS Ballarat conducts boarding

June 28, 2019 – While deployed to the Middle East Region for Operation MANITOU, HMAS Ballarat has conducted a boarding of a vessel (dhow) in international waters in the Arabian Sea. During the boarding, illicit cargo was discovered and seized which included nearly half a million rounds of small arms ammunition, and 697 bags of chemical fertilizer. The fertilizer has possible dual use for the manufacture of improvised explosives. This seizure is of significant concern to maritime security, in particular the illicit proliferation of ammunition and chemicals which could be…

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Hunter-Class Frigate Program maximises opportunities for local suppliers

June 28, 2019 – The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, is encouraging Australian businesses to back themselves and get involved in the Hunter-Class Frigate Program. The Minister welcomed advice that more than 100 Australian suppliers have attended a procurement update in Adelaide to see how they can tap into the prototyping phase of the project, which will begin in 2020. Defence industry businesses that supply minor equipment, material and services can support the first tranche of work, worth an estimated $20 million, as part of the…

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Navy projects from east to west

July 24, 2019 – The month of May saw the Royal Australian Navy engage and prove the capability to sustain multiple task groups from east to west across the Indo-Pacific, with three task groups simultaneously operating in the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and South East Asia. While the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR maritime task group was undertaking the final legs of their IPE 19 deployment, other RAN fleet units were engaged in Exercise LA PEROUSE in the Northeast Indian Ocean and Exercise PACIFIC VANGUARD in the Pacific Ocean near Guam. Navy’s…

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Navy celebrates 190 years on Garden Island

June 14, 2019 – One hundred and ninety years of Navy presence on the unique shores of Garden Island, Western Australia was celebrated recently at HMAS Stirling. The event, which was attended by a number of dignitaries including the Governor of Western Australia, The Hon Kim Beazley AC; previous commanding officers, and serving members and families, took place at the Sir James Stirling Mess, named after the Royal Navy officer who first landed on the island on 7 June 1829. Stirling’s Commanding Officer Captain Ainsley Morthorpe said he was still…

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HMAS Newcastle completes final international deployment

June 12, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) today celebrated the completion of the final overseas deployment by an Adelaide Class guided missile frigate, with HMAS Newcastle arriving back in Australia. Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, RAN, said the Adelaide Class frigates have been an indispensable part of Navy’s role in protecting Australia’s maritime interests for almost forty years. “Adelaide Class ships have formed the backbone of many Navy operations since 1980, serving with distinction on complex missions and cementing our reputation as one of the…

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Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List for RAN Announced

June 10, 2019 – The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d), today announced 1214 awards in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List, including 26 members of the Royal Australian Navy. “On behalf of all Australians I congratulate today’s recipients. They have made an enormous contribution to their local communities and to the entire nation and deserve our thanks, admiration and to be celebrated,” the Governor-General said. “This is my last honours list as Governor-General. Over the last…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour Joint Task Force returns to Australia

May 26, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has returned to Australia following a three-month regional engagement mission to South and South East Asia. The flagship HMAS Canberra will anchor off Darwin tomorrow, having visited seven nations since March 2019 during the third IPE iteration since its inception in 2017. Chief of Joint Operations, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, said this third iteration of IPE was one of the most ambitious regional engagement activities undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). “With four ships and various…

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Controlling the air from the sea

May 27, 2019 – Three Royal Australian Air Force personnel are controlling the airspace from a moving airstrip on board HMAS Canberra. Squadron Leader Ross Madsen and Flight Lieutenants Hamish Upton and Paul Atteridge are deployed on Canberra – one of Australia’s two landing helicopter docks (LHDs) – for three months during INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 (IPE19). A senior air traffic controller (ATC), Squadron Leader Madsen said providing an air traffic control service at sea was largely similar to on land. “The biggest difference is the airfield moves and the runway…

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Newcastle always at Canberra’s side

May 15, 2019 – HMAS Newcastle continues to provide the critical role of primary defense for HMAS Canberra (III) and the wider protection for the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 (IPE19) fleet. As it transits from west to east on its final mission, the Adelaide class guided missile frigate has been at Canberra’s side. The operations room supervisor and combat systems supervisor, Petty Officer Bianca Sherrington, said Newcastle used sensors and liaised with the other Royal Australian Navy ships to provide an up-to-date force picture for the IPE19 Joint Task Force. “In…

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