Monthly Archives: February 2018

Australian Defence Force personnel complete Indian Ocean exercise

Royal Australian Navy personnel from Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 and frigate HMAS Warramunga have completed their involvement in this year’s Exercise Cutlass Express 18, which was held between 29 January–7 February 2018.
Cutlass Express is an annual exercise sponsored by US Africa Command and conducted by US Naval Forces Africa to improve maritime law enforcement capacity and promote regional security in the Western Indian Ocean.

Job certainty for Benalla and Mulwala munitions factories

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that Defence will enter into negotiations with Thales Australia, trading as Australian Munitions, for the continued management and operation of Australia’s munition factories in Benalla (Victoria) and Mulwala (New South Wales).
Minister Pyne said the Turnbull Government recognises the importance of the Defence- owned munitions factories that produce ammunition for the Australian Defence Force.

Australian Defence exporters set to showcase products at Singapore Airshow

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the largest delegation of Australian companies at the Singapore Airshow.
Minister Pyne said 37 Australian companies will showcase their wide range of products and services on the Team Defence Australia stand with at least another 12 companies were participating in the Australian program of activities.
“The high level of interest shown in Team Defence Australia events is another strong demonstration of Australian defence companies’ commitment to export,” Minister Pyne said.

HMAS Warramunga seizes another $124 million of heroin, total seizures top $1 billion

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga's crew has seized another 414 kilograms of heroin valued in excess of $124 million during an operation in the Western Indian Ocean.
Warramunga has now seized and destroyed narcotics from seven vessels since deploying to the Middle East in November, totalling 11.5 tonnes of hashish and 1.5 tonnes of heroin, valued in excess of $1 billion.*

JOINT RELEASE – Sub-Regional Defence Ministers’ Meeting on Counter-Terrorism – The Perth Meeting, 1-2 February 2018

We, Australian Minister of Defence Marise Payne, Brunei Darussalam Second Minister of Defence Pehin Dato Haji Halbi bin Mohd Yussof, Indonesian Minister for Defence Ryamizard Ryacudu, Malaysian Deputy Minister of Defence HE Dato’ Sri Mohd Johari bin Baharum, Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, Singapore Senior Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman and Thailand Deputy Minister of Defence General Chaichan Changmongkol gathered for the inaugural Sub-Regional Defence Ministers’ Meeting on Counter-Terrorism in Perth, Australia on 2 February 2018.

Sub-regional Defence Ministers’ meeting on Counter-Terrorism: The Perth Meeting concludes

On 2 February 2018, Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne hosted Brunei Darussalam Second Minister of Defence Pehin Dato Haji Halbi bin Mohd Yussof, Indonesian Minister of Defence Ryamizard Ryacudu, Malaysian Deputy Minister of Defence HE Dato’ Sri Mohd Johari bin Baharum, Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, Singapore Senior Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman and Thailand Deputy Minister of Defence General Chaichan Changmongkol in Perth for the inaugural Sub-Regional Defence Ministers’ Meeting on Counter-Terrorism.

$19 million to counter improvised threats

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the winners of the Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge, an initiative of Defence’s Next Generation Technologies Fund (Next Gen Tech Fund).
Minister Pyne said $19 million had been awarded to universities and companies in South Australia ($5.5 million), Victoria ($4.5 million), Queensland ($3.9 million), Western Australia ($2.9 million) and NSW ($2.4 million).
“Over 200 submissions were received and 40 proposals were shortlisted before the final winners were selected,” he said.

Australia and Indonesia reaffirm their defence relationship

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Indonesian Minister of Defence Ryamizard Ryacudu today signed the Australia-Indonesia Defence Cooperation Arrangement.
The Australia-Indonesia Defence Cooperation Arrangement reaffirms the strength of our longstanding relationship and our intent to deepen our engagement in future decades.
This updated Arrangement demonstrates our commitment to enhancing defence cooperation on shared security challenges into the future.

Australian and New Zealand soldiers reach training milestone in Iraq

Australian and New Zealand military personnel from Task Group Taji have trained more than 30,000 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) personnel since the Building Partner Capacity mission commenced in 2015.
Task Group Taji reached the milestone this week when around 900 personnel from the 57th and 61st Composite Brigade completed training.
Commander Task Group Taji 6, Colonel Robert Calhoun, said the achievement was testament to the hard work of 2400 members of the Australian Defence Force and New Zealand Defence Force over the course of six Task Group Taji rotations.