Monthly Archives: October 2017

Remembering the Battle of Beersheba

Australian bravery and ingenuity on the battlefield will today be honoured as 100 horsemen and women recreate the charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade as part of the centenary commemorations for the Battle of Beersheba in Israel.
The Battle of Beersheba on 31 October 1917 was part of the wider British offensive known as the third Battle of Gaza, leading to the capture of the town of Be’er-Sheva.


Australia and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will participate in Exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY, a bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise, from 1–3 November 2017.
The biennial exercise demonstrates a shared commitment by Australia and the ROK to regional security and security of the Korean peninsula.
Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigates HMA Ships Parramatta and Melbourne and a Royal Australian Air Force P-8 maritime patrol aircraft will participate in the exercise with six ROK ships, a submarine and a maritime surveillance aircraft from the ROK Navy.

Army Delivers Final Component of Plan Beersheba

Today the Australian Army marked the final phase of Plan BEERSHEBA at the Freedom of Entry Parade for 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, 7th Brigade in Brisbane.
A procession of more than 65 armoured military vehicles and three new M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks rolled into the 7th Brigade at Enoggera Barracks, signifying Army’s delivery of Plan BEERSHEBA to deliver a more capable and effective Army.

ADF involvement in the Rugby League World Cup 2017

Approximately 100 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel will participate in the opening ceremony for the Rugby League World Cup 2017, to be held at Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium tonight.

The ceremony will be followed by the opening men’s game to be played between Australia and England. The Rugby League World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the region this year.

Invictus Games athletes welcomed home

The achievements of Australia’s inspiring 2017 Invictus Games team have been celebrated during a welcome home function at Parliament House today.
Australia’s team of 43 athletes joined more than 550 competitors from 17 nations who have been wounded, injured and ill during their service. The athletes returned home with 51 medals and numerous personal best performances from the Games in Toronto, Canada, last month.

$40 million to modernise military training

The battlefield training of our soldiers has been given a major boost with eight new Digital Terminal Control System simulators coming online next year.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a $40 million contract with Rockwell Collins Australia to supply the simulators.
Minister Pyne said the contract includes operator and maintenance support and built on the acquisition of three interim systems in March this year, with 80 per cent of the contract value to be spent in Australia.

ADF transition coaching delivering success

Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan said improved transition services for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel had been rolled out across the country after successful pilot programs.
In March, Mr Tehan announced individual career coaching services would be trialed at Townsville, Holsworthy and Adelaide bases.
“ADF Transition Coaches are helping ADF personnel develop tailored career plans based on their unique skills, interests and career aspirations,” Mr Tehan said.

Tasmanian company secures multi-million dollar defence contract

In another win for Australian defence industry, Tasmanian company Penguin Composites has signed a contract with Thales Australia to build bonnets and various parts for the new Hawkei protected Army vehicles.
The three-year contract, worth over $8 million, represents the company’s first major defence-related contract, and is expected to create around 15 jobs at its facility at Penguin in north-west Tasmania.

Proudly Supporting the 2017 Veterans Film Festival

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan said Defence was proud to support the 2017 Veterans’ Film Festival in Canberra from 18 to 22 October 2017.
Now in its third year, the festival features films about war and conflict from around the world including dramas, comedies, animations and documentaries.
Mr Tehan said the diverse range of films explored the complexity of war and the stories of those who have served.