Monthly Archives: October 2017

Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs – Additional humanitarian assitance to Vanuatu

Today we announce additional assistance for people affected by volcanic activity on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island, and the conclusion of the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the relief and recovery effort.
The additional assistance will enable NGOs and the Government of Vanuatu to extend affected communities’ access to basic services, including education and healthcare. It will allow displaced people to resume more normal lives following their evacuation to the nearby islands of Espiritu Santo, Maewo and Pentecost and upon their return to Ambae Island.

US Marines depart the Top End

The 2017 Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) has begun its departure from Darwin, bringing to an end the sixth rotation of US Marines through Northern Australia under the United States Force Posture Initiatives (USFPI).
This year’s force rotation was the most advanced contingent to date, involving 1250 US Marines and an Aviation Combat Element (ACE) consisting of 13 aircraft.

Exercise NORTHERN SHIELD 2017 commences

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) commenced Exercise NORTHERN SHIELD in Northern Queensland today to test its rapid deployment capability to remote areas of northern Australia to defend the country and its national interests.

Chief of Joint Operations Vice Admiral David Johnston said NORTHERN SHIELD was taking place in and around Weipa until 23 October, and was an important annual training activity for the ADF.

Bright future ahead for shipbuilding in South Australia

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, tonight launched the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Australia’s report, which outlines the significant economic benefits of naval shipbuilding to South Australia over the coming decades.
Minister Pyne welcomed the report which estimates 8000 new jobs will be created in South Australia, demonstrating the impact of the Government’s commitment to this national enterprise.

HMAS Adelaide hosts President Duterte in the Philippines

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, the Secretary for National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and a delegation of senior government and military officials visited HMAS Adelaide today as Australia continues to work closely with the Government of the Philippines to counter the threat of terrorism in the region.

Australia has a long history working with neighbouring nations including the Philippines to maintain regional security and counter terrorism in the Indo-Pacific.

Indo-Pacific Endeavour in Malaysia

Australian and Malaysia marked 25 years of Defence cooperation this week with a port visit and amphibious exercise as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17.
On her maiden South East Asia deployment, HMAS Adelaide and the guided-missile frigate HMAS Darwin received a warm reception from the Royal Malaysian Navy in Port Klang, Malaysia, while HMAS Toowoomba was welcomed to Lumut to support MASTEX 17.

Triumphant Invictus Games Athletes Arrive Home

Australia’s Invictus Games team has arrived home thrilled with their personal results and the 51 medal haul from this year’s games.
All of the hard work over the past months has paid off for Australia’s 43 wounded warriors whose grit and determination throughout the Invictus Games was inspirational.
The international adaptive sports competition, an initiative of HRH Prince Harry, brought together over 550 serving and former serving military personnel from 17 nations, who have been wounded, injured or become ill in service.

Help design the Defence Force of the future

Defence is holding a Force Design Conference on 10–11 October in Canberra, to gather innovative ideas from a range of specialists across Australia and the globe, to design the future of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Force Design is leading the way to address the need for a unified Defence organisation, and is keen to hear ideas on how we can work collaboratively to design and deliver our future ADF.

Wounded Warriors Achievements Celebrated at Invictus Games Closing Ceremony

The achievements of over 550 wounded warriors were celebrated last night at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games.

The ceremony celebrated the spirit of this year’s games and provided a fitting end to the international adaptive sports competition for wounded, injured and ill serving and former military personnel from 17 nations.

The Air Canada Centre once again played host to a raft of powerhouse musical performances, world dignitaries and stories of inspiration as the games were passed to Sydney—the hosts of the 2018 Invictus Games.