Navy reflects on 75th anniversary of loss of HMAS Lolita

June 28, 2020 – The World War Two Channel Patrol Boat HMAS Lolita has been remembered at a service held on the 75th anniversary of her loss. A memorial plaque dedicated to the Sydney-based motor cruiser was unveiled at the Royal Australian Navy Memorial at Bradleys Head, Mosman on Saturday 13 June. Director of Navy Heritage Collections, Captain Damien Allan,…

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Two decades of service for survey ships Leeuwin and Melville

June 22, 2020 – On 27 May, HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville quietly stepped out of their teen years by celebrating their 20th birthdays alongside HMAS Cairns. While social distancing requirements meant the anniversary had to be more subdued, both crews still felt honoured to be part of this milestone. Commanding Officer HMAS Melville, Commander Michael Kumpis, was incredibly proud…

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Sod turning signals start for new submarine escape and rescue capability

June 4, 2020 – Work has begun on a new purpose built facility at Henderson in Western Australia which will house the Royal Australian Navy’s Submarine Rescue System. The capability is a key part of the Liberal National Government’s new sovereign air transportable Submarine Rescue Service, which will support the men and women serving in Navy submarines. Turning the first…

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Australian Firms Awarded Attack Class Subcontracts

May 13, 2020 – Two Australian companies have signed subcontracts for the design of key subsystems in the Morrison Government’s Attack class submarines program. Safran Electronics subcontracted Adelaide-based Acacia Systems and Western-Sydney based Thomas Global Systems for the design of the Optronics Search and Attack, Navigation Radar and Navigation Data Distribution systems. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds…

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Call-out to industry on sea boat capabilities

April 14, 2020 – Defence has issued a request for information (RFI) on AusTender to gain an appreciation of Australian industry capabilities to design, manufacture and sustain military sea boats. Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s (CASG) First Assistant Secretary Ships, Sheryl Lutz, said the four-week RFI would help inform procurement options for Australian-manufactured sea boats. “The RFI will help CASG…

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KBR Receives 15 RAN Subcontracts from Australian Company SMA

April 16, 2020 – KBR announced today that its Government Solutions Asia-Pacific (GS APAC) business has recently acquired over 15 new defense contracts from Australian company SMA. The highly strategic SMA contract acquisition covers a range of projects around Australia and adds even more depth and strength to KBR’s successful technical training services with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). KBR…

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Subcontracts Signed for Attack Class Main Storage Batteries

March 13, 2020 – Australian company PMB Defence Pty Ltd and Greek company Systems Sunlight S.A. have signed subcontracts with Naval Group Australia to design the main storage batteries for the Attack class submarines through a competitive process. The Government’s $50 billion Attack class program will see 12 regionally superior submarines designed and built in Australia for the Navy. Minister…

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VP-45 Supports Royal Australian Navy Fleet Exercise

March 13, 2020 – Commander Task Force (CTF) 72 wrapped up its participation in the Australian navy’s Fleet Certification Period 2020, March 7. CTF-72 dispatched a P8-A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 to assist with the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) first major exercise of the year. Similar to the U.S. Navy’s FCP, the…

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