Monthly Archives: December 2017

$4.6 million innovation contract to develop counter-IED technology

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced New South Wales-based company RingIR Pty Ltd, would receive $4.6 million to develop and demonstrate an innovative technology to enhance Defence capability.
Minister Pyne said he through the Defence Innovation Hub funding RingIR would develop a counter-improvised explosive device (IED) capability, which uses highly sensitive laser spectrometry technique to locate and identify the vapours exuded from explosives.

Australian-US co-operation on display in Exercise Lightning Focus

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Aircraft from Williamtown and Amberley have completed a training exercise with United States Air Force B-1B Lancers from the United States’ Pacific Air Force over the eastern coast of Australia.
Exercise Lightning Focus included up to 30 jets flying at any given time.
Commander of RAAF’s Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Mike Kitcher AM, said the integrated training between Australia and United States Pacific Air Force was an important, on-going military activity.

Minister for Health, Minister for Defence and Senator for the Northern Territory – Community support package for Katherine

Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion today announced that the Turnbull Government is providing $5.7 million for a community support package for people impacted by Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) emanating from the RAAF Base Tindal in Katherine in the Northern Territory. This package has been informed by the Interim Human Health Risk Assessment to be released tomorrow.

HMAS Newcastle returns from Middle East mission

HMAS Newcastle returned to her home port of Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney, today following a six month deployment to the Middle East region.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, welcomed 230 members of the ship’s company home from the deployment, which included counter-terrorism and counter-piracy patrols as part of the Combined Maritime Forces and a two-week attachment with the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Arabian Gulf.

75th Anniversary of the Sinking of HMAS Armidale

On the 75th anniversary of the final action of HMAS Armidale (I), the Royal Australian Navy has again paused to mark the loss of 100 servicemen.

During evacuation operations in the World War II, the Bathurst class corvette was sunk in action by Japanese aircraft in the Timor Sea on 1 December 1942 with the loss of Australian and Dutch lives.

In an extraordinary feat of survival, and despite continuing attacks from the Japanese bombers, 49 men survived for up to eight days at sea before being rescued.

Australian seatbelts for US Military vehicles

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated APV Safety Products on being awarded a contract to supply seat belt harnesses for the US Marine Corps.
Minister Pyne said the contract to supply 1,000 seat belt harnesses to ArmorWorks Enterprises, Inc. built on APV’s existing success in the North American market.
“APV’s Australian-designed and manufactured harnesses integrate into blast-absorbing seating to offer the highest levels of survivability and safety,” Minister Pyne said.