Navy Trainers Support Philippines in Maritime Patrol Mission

June 11, 2019 – Members of the Defence Cooperation Program Sea Training Group have recently completed their sixth rotation conducting Maritime Interoperability Training at Naval Forces Western Mindanao in Zamboanga, Philippines. Lead by Commander Mitchell Edwards, a small team of Australian Sea Trainers have been deployed to various locations throughout the Operation AUGURY-PHILIPPINES area of operation under Joint Task Force 629. As part of an Australian Defence Joint Task Force and with air, land and maritime activities simultaneously taking place, the Sea Trainers worked alongside the Philippine Navy Training Team…

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A safer Australia: Budget 2019-20

April 2, 2019 – The Morrison Government’s number one priority is keeping Australians safe and secure. The 2019–20 Budget sees continued strong investment in Australia’s national security, with a particular focus on enhancing our regional security, building defence capability and supporting Australia’s sovereign defence industry. The Budget maintains the Government’s commitment to grow the Defence budget to two per cent of GDP by 2020–21. The Government will allocate Defence $38.7 billion in 2019-20 and $175.8 billion to 2022-23. REGIONAL AND GLOBAL SECURITY As our security environment evolves, we are increasing Australia’s commitment…

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Industry engaged in Attack Class submarine program

April 1, 2019 – Australian companies and universities continue to show a high level of interest in the Attack class submarine program. The Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the Attack class submarine Combat System Integrator, Lockheed Martin Australia, has selected ten organizations to participate in research and development topics. “Following a competitive selection process, these organizations have been selected to develop 13 research & development concept papers on topics related to the Attack class,” Minister Pyne said. “The research grants, totaling $900,000, cover a range of…

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Young Endeavour Replacement

April 1, 2019 – The Government is pleased to announce the STS Young Endeavour replacement project is progressing and will be due for consideration by Cabinet later this year. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said the program is recognized internationally as a leading youth development program, with more than 500 young Australians taking part every year. “More than 13,600 young Australians have participated in the scheme since January 1988,” Minister Pyne said. “After 31 years of dedicated service the Young Endeavour is now approaching the end of…

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ANZAC Class Frigates — Sustainment

The audit objective was to examine whether the Department of Defence has effective and efficient sustainment arrangements for the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of eight ANZAC class frigates. Summary and recommendations Background 1. The Royal Australian Navy (Navy) operates eight ANZAC class frigates. The frigates were commissioned between 1996 and 2006, and form part of Navy’s core surface warship capability. The ANZAC class is used to: conduct surveillance and patrols; protect shipping and strategic areas; provide naval gunfire in support of the Army; and undertake disaster relief and search and rescue…

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Defence Opens E-Communications Platform to Defence Families

February 25, 2019 – Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester today announced Defence has extended the use of the ForceNet e-communication platform to Defence family members to improve communication with families. ForceNet connects registered users within a secure online environment, allowing families to stay up-to-date with the latest information about their member’s unit and other Defence support services. Mr Chester said Defence understands the unique demands placed on Defence members and their families. “We acknowledge the positive contribution families make to the morale, performance and retention of Australian Defence Force…

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Release of Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Discussion Paper

February 15, 2019 – The Coalition Government has today released the Naval Shipbuilding Strategic Workforce Discussion Paper. While the Government has already taken many actions to build the workforce, it is important to hear if there is more that we can and should do to support workforce growth. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the Government is therefore seeking submissions on the Discussion Paper, including any pertinent data, to help guide further actions and initiatives to support the development of the naval shipbuilding workforce. “The Government’s investment…

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Australian Military Sales Catalogue

August 12, 2019 – The third edition of the Australian Military Sales Catalogue, launched today, showcases world-leading Australian defense industry products, services and technology available for export to foreign governments. The 2019 Catalogue is almost twice the size of last year’s as the Liberal National Government works to make Australia a top ten global defense exporter. Growing defense exports strengthens Australia’s defense industry, creating new jobs and helping to keep the country more safe and secure. The number of Australian businesses contributing to the Catalogue has grown by 75 per…

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Austal Cybersecurity Incident

November 1, 2018 – The Australian Government is aware of the cyber security incident affecting Austal. This matter has been referred to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for investigation. As the investigation continues, the Department of Defence can confirm that no compromise of classified or sensitive information or technology has been identified so far. This incident reinforces the serious nature of the cyber security threat faced by defense industry, and the need for industry partners to put in place, and maintain, strong cyber…

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HMAS Ballarat supports search and rescue for injured Golden Globe race sailors

September 26, 2018 – HMAS Ballarat will reach Amsterdam Island tomorrow, ready to provide medical assistance to Indian Solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy, injured in rough seas approximately 1800 nautical miles off the West Australian coast. The French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris recovered the injured sailor from the damaged yacht Thuriya, and another sailor from a second damaged yacht, and transported both sailors to Amsterdam Island on Tuesday. Coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, HMAS Ballarat and a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft responded…

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Australia further strengthens regional maritime security

September 22, 2018 – Australia is continuing its commitment to regional maritime security through an upgrade of wharf and shore-based infrastructure by Fletcher Morobe Constructions Limited at Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the $5 million contract is part of the Australian Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program. “The Lombrum upgrades will support the safe and secure berthing of PNG’s four new Guardian-class Patrol Boats,” Minister Pyne said. “The infrastructure works build upon existing security cooperation between Defence…

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Regional partnerships on show at exercise Kakadu

August 31, 2018 – Australia’s role as a regional security partner will be highlighted in the coming weeks with the largest regional maritime exercise of its kind beginning today in the Northern Territory. Held biennially, Exercise Kakadu is a joint exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Navy and supported by the Royal Australian Air Force. More countries are attending this year than ever before, with 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and more than 3000 personnel from 27 nations participating in a range of activities both ashore in Darwin and…

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P-8A Poseidon training commences in South Australia

August 17, 2018 – Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the handover of the P-8A Poseidon simulator and training systems at RAAF Base Edinburgh. Minister Payne said the advanced P-8A Training System would better prepare Australian Defence Force pilots and maintenance crews for their demanding roles. “This $470 million facility marks the beginning of a transformation of our training that will support Air Force’s ability to meet emerging threats and future challenges,” Minister Payne said.…

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Australian Defence Force trained with partners at Exercise Bersama Shield 2018

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken to the sea and skies of Malaysia and Singapore to enhance interoperability and strengthen the professional relationships of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) nations. Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom participated in the bi-annual Exercise Bersama Shield 18, focusing on the conduct of a combined joint maritime, land and air operations in a multi-threat environment. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said the ADF’s ongoing support to Exercise Bersama Shield 18 is another example of Australia’s commitment to regional…

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Opening of the Australian Defence Export Office

The government’s vision to grow a strong, resilient and internationally competitive Australian defence industry to support our national security received a major boost today with Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP opening the Australian Defence Export Office in Canberra. Minister Pyne said the establishment of the Australian Defence Export Office was one of the key initiatives of the Defence Export Strategy released on 29 January 2018. “The Defence Export Strategy sets out a plan to boost Australian industry, increase investment, and create more jobs for Australian businesses,”…

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