Monthly Archives: April 2018

The little boats that could: from Port Macquarie to the US Army

Birdon, a family-owned engineering and services business headquartered in Port Macquarie, today handed over the first of 374 Australian designed Bridge Erection Boats to the US Army under a $325 million contract.
It’s an outstanding export success for Birdon, who recently completed the upgrade of the Australian Army’s own Bridge Erection Boats under a $16 million contract.

Defence Industry Minister says G’day to the USA

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, will travel to Washington DC from 12-13 April 2018 to attend and deliver the keynote address to the US-Australian Dialogue on Defence Industries.
The dialogue is part of the 2018 G’day USA program bringing together Australian and United States (US) industry leaders and experts, policy makers and senior business representatives to further develop collaboration on providing innovative capabilities.

Joint media release – Strengthening Australia’s cyber expertise

Cyber security experts from across Australia and around the world will come together at the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) conference in Canberra this week to focus on the latest national cyber threats and security challenges.
The conference provides the opportunity for hundreds of leading experts from government and industry to discuss the latest threats, mitigations and advances in cyber security, as well as forge new partnerships.

The Prince of Wales commends Army’s Regional Force Surveillance Group

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales today met with members of the Australian Army’s Regional Force Surveillance Group, including soldiers from the North West Mobile Force (NORFORCE), at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in Darwin.

Commander of the Regional Force Surveillance Group, Colonel John Papalitsas, welcomed The Prince of Wales and demonstrated the unique capabilities of the group.

The Prince of Wales commends Navy’s most outstanding unit

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales today presented the Duke of Gloucester’s Cup to the crew of Hydrographic Ship (HS) Blue Crew at HMAS Cairns.

The Duke of Gloucester’s Cup is awarded annually to the Royal Australian Navy unit that has demonstrated the highest level of overall proficiency in the previous year and is customarily presented by the Governor-General.

As the winner of the Duke of Gloucester’s Cup for 2017, Hydrographic Ship Blue Crew had the rare honour of receiving this significant award fromThe Prince of Wales.

Air Force deploys to Arkansas for Exercise Green Flag

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has deployed 23 personnel and a C-130J Hercules transport aircraft from 37 Squadron to take part in Exercise Green Flag in the United States.

Exercise Green Flag is a major joint force training event for the United States Air Force (USAF) and the United States Army. It is hosted by the 34th Combat Training Squadron, and will involve airlift missions carried out in a dynamic and simulated war-like operation.

The Exercise will be held from 4-17 April at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, United States.