Monthly Archives: November 2017

Spartan maintenance to create jobs

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a $200-million sustainment contract with Northrop Grumman Australia which will ensure ongoing jobs for at least 40 Australian workers.
Minister Pyne said the contract is for Through Life Support Services to Defence’s newly acquired C-27J Spartan aircraft fleet.
“Not only will this contract provide jobs for workers at RAAF Base Richmond and RAAF Base Amberley, it will also develop Australian industry capabilities in support of the Spartan into the future,” Minister Pyne said.

Appointment of new board members to the Centre for Defence Industry Capability Advisory Board

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced the appointment of two new Board members to the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) Advisory Board.
The new members are Mr Chris Williams, Managing Director of H.I. Fraser, and Ms Christine Zeitz, Managing Director of Leidos Australia.
Both Mr Williams and Ms Zeitz have extensive experience working in the defence industry and a strong understanding of defence supply chains, and will make valuable contributions to the Advisory Board.

Air Force Spartan embarks on international exercise in New Caledonia

Over the period 13–24 November 2017, 44 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel and a C-27J Spartan transport aircraft will participate in Exercise MHANUU 2017 in New Caledonia.
MHANUU is hosted by the French Armed Forces of New Caledonia (FANC) and involves rehearsing regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) scenarios.
As the South Pacific is prone to natural disasters, the Australian Defence Force is committed to working closely with its regional partners to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance as required.

Australian Defence Force commemorates Remembrance Day

Australian Defence Force personnel at home and abroad will pause on the 99th anniversary of the Armistice today, in memory of all those who have died in all wars.

Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin attended the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial where Australia’s Federation Guard and the Royal Military College Duntroon Band were on parade along with members of the local veterans’ community.

Today also signals the start of the final year of the Anzac Centenary.

$500,000 grant to help find HMAS AE1

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the Government would match private investment to fund an expedition to search for the First World War submarine, HMAS AE1.
Minister Payne said the government would provide $500,000 to allow Find AE1 Limited to proceed in its attempt to find the submarine and its crew.
“HMAS AE1 is one of the world’s great maritime mysteries and this expedition will be one of the most comprehensive searches for the submarine,” Minister Payne said.

Upgrades underway at HMAS Stirling

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Senator for Western Australia Slade Brockman today welcomed the commencement of the $367 million redevelopment of Western Australian naval base HMAS Stirling.
Minister Payne and Senator Brockman attended a sod-turning ceremony to officially mark the commencement of construction, which will deliver upgraded infrastructure and services to support Navy’s operations in the Indian Ocean.

Remembrance Day 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Remembrance Day today was an opportunity for every Australian to reflect on the lives lost to war and the service and sacrifice of our defence personnel.
Mr Tehan will honour Australia’s service men and women at the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial today.
“Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the First World War Armistice in 1918 and is an important part of Australia’s history,” Mr Tehan said.

Women in Pacific Defence Forces Seminar

Defence officials and representatives from seven Pacific nations attended the Women in Pacific Forces Seminar in Canberra this week.

The seminar focused on the importance of female participation in conflict prevention, management and resolution, and integrating a gender perspective into capability planning.

The seminar’s theme was the practical application of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR 1325)—women, peace and security.

Australia participates in multilateral maritime interdiction exercise

Over the period 6–7 November 2017, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigates, HMA Ships Parramatta and Melbourne, joined Republic of Korea (ROK) destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju, ROK. The exercise included observers from Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany and Denmark.

Innovation Day Showcases New Capabilities

Today the Australian Army hosted its fourth consecutive annual Innovation Day at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.
The theme for this year’s event was ‘Novel Weapons and Novel Effects’.
This year’s event comprised 19 companies from Australia, the United States, Europe and Israel presenting 25 industry proposals.
The Australian Army’s Head of Land Capability Major General Kathryn Toohey, AM, CSC said the event was an important demonstration of the cooperation between Defence and industry.