Monthly Archives: March 2018

United States Air Force B-52 Bombers arrive in Darwin

A number of United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress Bombers have arrived at RAAF Darwin to participate in Enhanced Air Cooperation.

RAAF Base Darwin is hosting the bombers while they take part in training activities with the Australian Defence Force in designated military airspace near RAAF Base Williamtown until early April.

Enhanced Air Cooperation builds on a broad range of combined air exercises and training activities between the United States and Australia, which regularly involve visits by US military aircraft to Australia.

Joint Task Force 659 completes its support mission to the Northern Territory Government

Joint Task Force 659 (JTF 659), the Australian Defence Force’s response to a request from the Northern Territory (NT) Government for assistance following Tropical Cyclone Marcus, stood down today officially marking the end of their support mission.
Cyclone Marcus struck the Darwin region on 17 March 2018, leaving more than 24,000 homes without power and a further 700 homes damaged when the category two cyclone brought down hundreds of giant mahogany and gum trees closing schools, businesses and many roads.

USAF B-52 Bombers to take part in training activities with ADF

Defence will host up to three United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers in Darwin as part of Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) initiative with the United States.

The aircraft will take part in training activities with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) from late March through to early April and will build on training activities already carried out between the United States and Australia.

Enhancing space surveillance capabilities for the ADF

A new project focused on improving Navy vessels’ safety, speed, and fuel consumption, through the better use of unmanned aerial platforms has commenced.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the new $1.1 million Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) project aims to enhance Australian defence capability and build industrial capacity in sensor and on-board data processing technology for unmanned aerial systems and small-satellite platforms.

Boeing invests in Australian startup Myriota

Australian small and medium enterprises have demonstrated they are well placed to deliver defence innovation with the announcement today that an Australian startup will receive an investment from a US defence prime.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, welcomed the announcement by US defence prime Boeing and their venture fund HorizonX Ventures that they are to invest in South Australian start-up telecommunications company Myriota. This is the first investment overseas by Boeing-backed HorizonX Ventures.

Australian Defence Force stands up Joint Task Force to help cyclone recovery

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has established a Joint Task Force (JTF) in response to a request from the Northern Territory Government for further assistance to aid recovery efforts in the cyclone affected communities of Darwin and Palmerston.

The JTF is the whole-of -Defence emergency response to support to the clean-up following Tropical Cyclone Marcus on 17 March.

The JTF consists of more than 400 locally based Navy, Army and Air Force personnel and will be under the command of 1st Brigade’s Brigadier Matt Pearse.

Joint media release – Minister for Defence and Member for Gilmore – Gilmore delivering Defence capability

Nowra defence supplier Air Affairs Australia officially opened its new headquarters today after it almost quadrupled its workforce over the past two years.
Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis MP opened the new site at Albatross Aviation Technology Park after the local success-story grew its workforce from 35 to 130 people and increased turnover five-fold.

Expanded Force Posture Initiatives in Northern Australia

Elements of the 2018 Marine Rotational Force–Darwin (MRF-D) will begin arriving in the Top End this month to prepare for the seventh and largest rotation to date. The rotation will include 1,587 US Marines, eight MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and an artillery battery of six M777 Howitzers.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne welcomed the increased Marine rotation, which underscores the commitment of both the Australian and US Governments to the full implementation of the United States Force Posture Initiatives.

One SKY delivering jobs

Recruitment is well underway for the pioneering OneSKY project which will see Australia’s skies become even safer with the world’s most advanced air traffic management system technology.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today visited Thales in Melbourne to discuss OneSKY’s progress and witness the signing of a sub-contract between Thales Australia and Australian defence company, Nova Group.

Diversity reaps rewards for Defence Force

This Harmony Day, Defence is celebrating the rich cultural diversity that makes up its workforce and is looking for talented candidates to join its team of highly skilled professionals.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is actively recruiting a diverse workforce which represents the changing face of modern Australia.
In July 2017, Defence launched ‘The ADF Surprised Us’ campaign, featuring culturally diverse ADF members and a family influencer sharing their stories to encourage more Australians to consider a career in the ADF.