ONR Global Opens New Location in Melbourne, Australia

November 7, 2019 – Scientific collaboration was front and center as Capt. James Borghardt, commanding officer of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global, officially inaugurated a new location in Melbourne, Australia, on Nov. 6. ONR Global—charged with providing international science and technology (S&T) solutions for current and future naval challenges—actively engages with the international S&T community. Officials note the new Melbourne office will be critical to the advancement of the U.S. Naval Research Enterprise’s S&T partnerships with research communities in Australia and other partner nations in the region. “The…

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What is the most venomous marine animal?

They may not look dangerous, but the sting from a box jellyfish could be enough to send you to Davy Jones’s locker-a watery grave, that is. Box jellyfish, named for their body shape, have tentacles covered in biological booby traps known as nematocysts – tiny darts loaded with poison. People and animals unfortunate enough to be injected with this poison may experience paralysis, cardiac arrest, and even death, all within a few minutes of being stung. But don’t choose the mountains over the ocean just yet. Of the 50 or…

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Vendémiaire Visits Sydney

September 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of its patrol mission in the zone of responsibility of the Armed Forces in New Caledonia, the Vendémiaire Surveillance Frigate made a stop in Sydney, from September 6 to 11, 2019. This new stopover of a French frigate in Australia s ‘part of the cooperation, reinforced by the FANC with its partners in the Indo-Pacific area The stopover, saw several activities run in parallel with the preparation of PASSEX. Shortly before the start of the official reception in the presence of Mrs.…

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USCGC Stratton Visits Sydney

July 9, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) moored in Sydney July 5, kicking off the cutter’s second international port call on its Western Pacific patrol. Operating under the tactical control of commander, 7th Fleet, the cutter is engaging in professional exchanges and capacity building with partner nations and will patrol and operate as directed. The crew of the Stratton, a 418-foot national security cutter, is preparing for Talisman Sabre, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command sponsored exercise that trains U.S. and Australian forces across high-end, mid-intensity warfighting scenarios involving…

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Japan Joins Talisman Saber 19

June 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – The escort ship Ise and the transport ship “Kunisaki” are carrying out on-the-job training (Talisman Saber 19) with the US military in Australia. They are together with the Ground Self-Defense Force Aquatic Mobile Task Force and the First Helicopter Group. This training is intended not only to improve the Maritime Self Defense Force’s tactical skills but also to deepen the ability to conduct integrated operations with the Ground Self Defense Force and the joint coping ability with the United States Navy and the United…

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Tonga receives Guardian-class Patrol Boat

June 21, 2019 – Australia is stepping up in the Pacific as we continue to take engagement with our regional partners to a new level with the handover of a new Guardian-class Patrol Boat to the Kingdom of Tonga. The Tongan Royal Navy’s Ngahau Koula was received by His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala and Captain Sione Ulakai, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff to His Majesty’s Armed Forces, at a ceremony in Western Australia. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the replacement of the Pacific…

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MV Sycamore takes training to new heights

June 5, 2019 – The Multi Role Aviation Training Vessel MV Sycamore is responsible for providing training to a variety of Navy and Defence organizations. Every Royal Australian Navy recruit gets the opportunity to spend up to a week in Sycamore, allowing them to gain some firsthand experience of life at sea before graduating and progressing to their first full sea posting. The recruits generally join Sycamore alongside HMAS Waterhen on a Sunday afternoon. They commence their journey with an induction to the ship, which provides vital information on emergency…

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Australia and Sri Lanka to Forge Stronger Ties

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) is Australia’s largest ever Defence engagement activity with Sri Lanka. At the helm of IPE 19 is Commander Joint Task Force 661, Air Commodore Rick Owen. Air Commodore Owen said the Indo-Pacific engagement is a Joint Task Force which includes around 1,200 Australian Defence Force personnel from the Navy, Army and Air Force. The Joint Task Force will visit Colombo and Trincomalee. “What people will see is the Royal Australian Navy and their four ships visiting ports in Sri Lanka,” Air Commodore Owen said. “But…

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Boeing introduces new unmanned system for global defense customers

February 27, 2019 – Boeing has introduced its newest unmanned platform, the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. Designed for global defense customers by Boeing Australia, it is the company’s largest investment in a new unmanned aircraft program outside the United States. The aircraft will complement and extend airborne missions through smart teaming with existing military aircraft. A model of the Boeing Airpower Teaming System was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow by the Australian Minister for Defence, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP. As a research and development activity, the Australian Government…

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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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Naval Group Signs Australian Strategic Partnering Agreement

February 11, 2019 – A significant milestone has been achieved today with the signing of the Future Submarine Program Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) by the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) and Naval Group. The agreement was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, The Hon. Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence and Florence Parly, French Minister for the Armed Forces. The agreement sets out the principles of cooperation between the two partners for the Attack class Submarine Program which will see: the delivery of 12 regionally superior submarines to Australia…

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BAE Systems to enhance the communications and connectivity of U.S. and Joint forces across the Pacific

January 15, 2019 – BAE Systems will assist the U.S. Navy in maintaining and operating multiple electronic, communication, and computing platforms under a five-year, $79.8 million contract. The program, which supports the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific, will enable BAE Systems to continue providing 24/7 operations and maintenance support for afloat and ashore command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence systems. “We are maintaining ship-to-shore, shore-to-aircraft, and shore-to-shore long-range communications systems,” said Mark Keeler, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems’ Integrated Defense Solutions business. “Our work…

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Northrop Grumman Demonstrates AQS-24B Mine Hunting and Undersea Surveillance Capability

December 17, 2018 – The Northrop Grumman Corporation AQS-24B mine hunting system demonstrated the benefits of performing mine warfare from a high-speed, unmanned surface vessel (USV) at the Royal Australian Navy-sponsored Autonomous Warrior 2018 exercise in Jervis Bay, Australia. The Northrop Grumman remote controlled Mine Hunting Unmanned Surface Vessel (MHU), with the AQS-24B mine hunting sensor, demonstrated a safe standoff mine hunting and undersea surveillance capability targeted at addressing three key aspects of the mine warfare challenge: reducing the mine clearance timeline; accurate detection, localization, classification and identification of undersea…

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Growing Australia’s Defence Exports

December 17, 2018 – Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham announced a major milestone has been reached on Australia’s journey to become a top ten global defense exporter. Today we announce the Defence Export Facility will support the export of sophisticated Australian radar systems and patrol boats. This support for Australian defense industry will help create and support Australian jobs. A key initiative of the Liberal National Government’s Defence Export Strategy, the Defence Export Facility was established to grow Australia’s defense exports by helping overcome…

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Next Generation Frigates Contract Awarded to ASC Shipbuilding & BAE Systems Australia

December 14, 2018 – BAE Systems Australia’s new subsidiary ASC Shipbuilding has been awarded a contract by the Australian Government that provides the framework for the design and build of nine Hunter Class frigates for the Royal Australian Navy. The Australian Government and ASC Shipbuilding signed the contract after ASC Shipbuilding structurally separated from ASC Pty Ltd and was acquired today by BAE Systems. Work has already begun to mobilize the Hunter Class Frigate Program, and the Head Contract signed today incorporates detailed scope for the design and engineering work…

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