Monthly Archives: December 2017

Invictus games Sydney 2018 crew join race

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced Australian and UK Invictus Games Sydney 2018 military teams will compete in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Minister Payne said two yachts, crewed by current and former serving Defence personnel, will participate in this year’s edition of the iconic race.
“The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 DOWN UNDER yacht will be crewed by wounded, injured and ill Australian team members, while a UK crew will board Invictus Games Sydney 2018 GAME ON,” Minister Payne said.

Australian Strike Aircraft to Return Home from Counter-Daesh Campaign in Iraq and Syria

Australia’s six F/A-18F Super Hornets will return home in January marking the end of Australia’s successful air strike operations in Iraq and Syria.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said Australia had reviewed our contribution with our Iraqi and Coalition partners following the announcement of Iraq’s liberation from Daesh by Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi earlier this month.

AMOG Technologies and Thales collaborate on new research into submarine technology

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced another Australian defence industry collaboration success with Melbourne firm AMOG Technologies contracting with Thales on new research into stealth technology for submarine periscopes and optronic masts.
Minister Pyne congratulated AMOG Technologies, an offshore and maritime engineering company who will be working in collaboration with global Prime, Thales, on the first phase of a technology evaluation study.

Battlespace Communications System achieves milestone

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated Defence and Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) for delivery of the Australian Defence Force’s next generation of battlespace communications ahead of schedule.
The $650 million project, LAND 2072 Phase 2B, will deliver cutting-edge voice, data and video services, allowing for secure communication between deployed Australian land forces and headquarters.

ADF Personnel celebrate Christmas on operations

Around 1,880 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel serving their nation on operations overseas will celebrate Christmas away from their families and friends this year.

ADF personnel are deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, the broader Middle East Region and South Sudan, as well as in our northern waters, as part of Australia's ongoing commitment to regional and global stability and security.

Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral (VADM) David Johnston, said the ADF would continue serving on operations over a time more often reserved for holidays and festive celebrations.

Operation Christmas Drop 2017 concludes

Festive cheer has been delivered to West Pacific island communities by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during Operation Christmas Drop.

The Operation, based out of Guam between 7–15 December 2017, saw 120 bundle loads delivered to 54 drop zones by five Hercules transport aircraft from the United States Pacific Air Forces, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and RAAF.

Each load was filled with more than 180 kilograms of items including rice, fishing wire and hooks, clothing, children’s books and toys, crayons, and hand-powered torches.