Building on its already successful Operation MANITOU deployment, the crew of HMAS Warramunga has seized and disposed of 295 kilograms of heroin valued at about $88.5 million while patrolling waters in the Arabian Sea on 10 May 2018.
In November 2017 the Turnbull Government selected Luerssen as the prime contractor to supply 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Navy.
At the time, the Turnbull Government also asked Luerssen to explore options to leverage the wider shipbuilding experience base at Henderson in Western Australia, potentially opening an option for Austal to participate in the WA build program, subject to commercial negotiations.
The Australian Army’s Special Air Service Regiment has received a long overdue major infrastructure investment with the opening of their new headquarters and operations centre at Campbell Barracks in Perth.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the new facilities marked the completion of the first phase of a $223.5 million four-year upgrade to the SASR’s home base at Swanbourne.
Minister for Defence and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Joint Release
The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, today announced the appointment of Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM to lead the 2018 Review of the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) coexistence framework.
Showcasing our scientific research abilities, scientists from Defence and the University of Melbourne have won two innovation awards for disease forecasting at the CIVSEC 2018 Congress and Exposition earlier this month.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP congratulated the scientists and said the awards recognised a unique capability.
“This is an exciting development, which aims to predict the outbreak of disease so appropriate health management and prevention measures can be put in place,” Minister Pyne said.
The Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) ability to effectively contribute to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and security operations in South East Asia is again the focus of a major international military exercise in the Philippines.
The risk posed by sea mines will be a key focus at this year’s Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise (MCM DIVEX), hosted by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on the New South Wales south coast.
MCM DIVEX is hosted by a WPNS member every two years. This year’s exercise will be held at HMAS Creswell from 7-18 May.
The first Defence Industry and Innovation Programs Update Report, covering the Defence Innovation Hub, Next Generation Technologies Fund and Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC), was released today showing these initiatives are successfully advancing Defence’s capability and growing Australian industry.
Some of the best combat marksmen of the Navy, Army and Airforce were on display at the 2018 Australian Army Skills at Arms Meet (AASAM) hosted by the Combined Arms Training Centre at Bridges Barracks, Puckapunyal, Victoria.
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester who attended the event said he was impressed by the competition which involves demonstrations of combat marksmanship and tactical drills from more than 20 different nations.