ADF Responds to ANAO Report

January 15, 2020 – Australia is fully committed to working with France and Naval Group to deliver the Attack Class Submarine fleet, which remains a strategically vital capability for our Defence Force into the future. The ANAO has previously reported that Defence effectively designed and implemented the process to select an international partner for the Attack Class Submarine Program (ANAO…

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Future Submarine Program — Transition to Design

January 14, 2020 Introduction 1.1 The Department of Defence (Defence) is in the process of acquiring 12 new submarines. The ‘Future Submarine’ fleet is to replace the fleet of six Collins class submarines currently operated by the Royal Australian Navy (Navy), which without an extension to their service life, are due to be withdrawn from service by 2036. 1.2 In 2016 Defence…

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Dedication to family and community drives Navy’s volunteer firefighters

January 10, 2020 – The desire to set a good example for his children has been the driving force behind one Navy officer’s firefighting efforts during the current national bushfire crisis. Lieutenant Matt Urquhart, an Aviation Warfare Instructor with 723 Squadron based at HMAS Albatross, has joined many of his Navy colleagues in giving up family time over the Christmas…

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New era for Navy test and tactics development

January 6, 2020 – For many years the Royal Australian Navy Test and Evaluation Authority and the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre have served to ensure the Navy can fight and win at sea. Both organizations apply scientific, engineering and deep warfare experience to ensure we understand what our ships, submarines and aircraft are capable of and how we can get…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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