Monthly Archives: August 2017

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Defence welcomes today’s release of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Report on Case Study 40.

Case Study 40 examined both historical and contemporary complaints and cases of child sexual abuse in the ADF, with a focus on Navy’s former Junior Recruit Training Establishment at HMAS Leeuwin, the Army Apprentices School at Balcombe, and Australian Defence Force Cadet organisations from 2000 to present.

Australian defence industry wins $300 million F-35 Asia-Pacific Regional Warehouse

Today, we have another win for Australian industry participating in the global F-35 Program, with Australian company, BAE Systems Australia, being assigned the role of the Asia-Pacific Regional Warehouse by the United States Government.
This new assignment represents an estimated value to Australian Industry in excess of $300m in operations and infrastructure over the life of the F-35 program. It is expected to create between 10-15 jobs in Newcastle.

Foreign Minister, Defence Minister and Trade Minister – Media Release – Visit to Singapore

We will visit Singapore on 21 August for meetings with senior government representatives to further enhance Australia’s relationship with our Comprehensive Strategic Partner and advance our economic, security and defence interests in the region.
Singapore is a key partner for Australia in Southeast Asia. It is our largest trade and investment partner in the region and our fifth largest trading partner overall. We hold joint military exercises and cooperate closely on defence intelligence, science and technology.

Air Force sends strategic heavyweights to Exercise Mobility Guardian 17

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has dispatched its two largest aircraft—C-17A Globemaster III transport and KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport—to the United States for Exercise Mobility Guardian 17.

Held in Washington State from 30 July to 12 August 2017, Mobility Guardian 17 is conducted by the US Air Force (USAF) and involves the rehearsal of key air mobility roles.

This includes air-to-air refuelling from the KC-30A and aerial delivery of cargo to a drop zone by the C-17A.

Deployable Mine Countermeasure Capabilities For Navy

The Royal Australian Navy is forging ahead with new technologies to counter the threat of sea mines to military and commercial vessels.

The Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, said the prevalence and increasing sophistication of sea mines means the Royal Australian Navy must continue to improve the way it finds and disposes of these mines.

“New autonomous and remote-controlled technologies deployed from within the maritime task force provides the opportunity to find and dispose of sea mines more safely and efficiently,” Rear Admiral Mead said.

Navy’s Minehunters Service Life Extension Reaches First Pass

The Australian Government has granted First Pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s Huon Class Minehunter Coastal vessels.

The Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, said the project forecast in the Defence White Paper 2016 will ensure Defence is able to provide an effective maritime mine countermeasure capability out to the 2030s.

“Minehunters play a vital role in protecting Australia’s ships, harbours and infrastructure from the threat of sea mines,” Rear Admiral Mead said.

A diverse ADF is a capable ADF

All roles in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) are open for men and women to apply.

Defence has introduced initiatives to help us attract the best talent from the widest possible talent pool.

Women account for 51 per cent of Australians and are a critical part of this talent pool yet women remain significantly under-represented in the ADF. The ADF has set goals for female participation rates of 15 per cent for the Army and 25 per cent for the Navy and Air Force by 2023.

75th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra (I)

The Royal Australian Navy has remembered the loss of HMAS Canberra (I) with a commemorative service over her final resting place in waters off the Solomon Islands.
As part of a series of commemorations for the battles at Guadalcanal, Navy personnel from HMAS Success, along with a detachment from the current HMAS Canberra, paid their respects at sea, laying wreaths over the wreck in memory of the lives lost on both sides of the Battle of Savo Island.