Monthly Archives: January 2018

Defence Chief announces new Command

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) continues to build its cyber capability, establishing the new Defence Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Cyber Command.
From 29 January, the new Joint SIGINT Unit and the recently established Joint Cyber Unit will operate under the Defence SIGINT and Cyber Command alongside civilian teams from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).

Marshal Fahim National Defense University attack

Defence is monitoring an incident at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University (MFNDU) outside Kabul, Afghanistan and can confirm Australian Defence Force (ADF) trainers are based at the MFNDU as part of the NATO Resolute Support mission.

ADF personnel on the base took appropriate force protection measures and Defence can confirm that all personnel have been accounted for.

No ADF personnel were wounded in this attack.

ADF personnel supported Afghan Security Forces in their response to the incident, including the provision of medical support.

Australia-New Zealand Indian Ocean operation nets AUD$274 million in heroin

HMAS Warramunga’s crew has conducted one of the largest drug seizures in Operation MANITOU’s history as part of the Australian-led Combined Task Force 150.
In a joint counter-narcotics operation, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) seized 915 kilograms of heroin valued in excess of AUD$274 million.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 aircraft detected a suspicious vessel in the Western Indian Ocean on 23 January 2018, which was boarded and investigated by the crew in RAN frigate HMAS Warramungaon 24 January.

Royal Australian Air Force Fighter Jets Fly Final Mission in Middle East

Two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Super Hornets have flown the Australian Air Task Group’s final strike mission over Iraq.
Australian F/A-18 Hornets have conducted continuous operations in Iraq since their first mission in October 2014, flying more than 2,700 sorties over 21,000 flying hours.
Operating within a US-led Global Coalition, and at the invitation of the Iraqi Government, Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, said the RAAF had made a significant contribution to the fight against Daesh.

HMAS Warramunga continues operational success with third Middle East drug seizure in two weeks

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga seized 111 kilograms of heroin valued at $33 million during operations in the Arabian Sea on 7 January 2018.

This is the third successful interdiction for Warramunga in the past fortnight, taking the ship’s total seizures to more than 11.5 tonnes of hashish and 180 kilograms of heroin and a total approximate value of $629 million.

Babcock contract creates 16 new Defence industry jobs in SA

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a $33 million contract with Babcock Pty Ltd to provide ground support equipment services to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Minister Pyne said this contract would create 16 new South Australian jobs.
“Through this contract, Babcock will provide Ground Support Equipment Asset Management Services for the ADF. The contract covers all manner of equipment, including power units and equipment which loads and unloads aircraft,” Minister Pyne said.