Monthly Archives: June 2018

Navy clearance diving team 3 receives US commendation

Members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Clearance Diving Team 3 today received the United States (US) Unit Commendation for service in the 1991 Gulf War.
In 1992, the Acting Secretary of the US Navy awarded a US Unit Commendation to units involved in the 1991 multinational Desert Storm Task Group.
Australian guidelines at the time prevented Clearance Diving Team 3 personnel from accepting the US award. Following later revision of the guidelines, the US has been progressively reviewing records to ensure all entitled personnel receive their awards.

ADF joins USAF Bombers for Qld training

Australian Defence Force (ADF) elements have combined with United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress Bombers as part of a training exercise in south-east Queensland this week.
The B-52 aircraft trained with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft including F/A-18F and Army elements in a simulated activity west of RAAF Base Amberley as part of the Strategic Bomber Training program.
This training increases the capability and preparedness of Australian and US forces to operate together seamlessly and to enhance security cooperation in the region.

Departure of Chief Defence Scientist

After seven years in the role, Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky has announced he will be leaving Defence Science and Technology (DST) to take up the appointment of Vice Chancellor of the University of Newcastle.
The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, extended his sincerest gratitude and thanks to Dr Zelinsky, who has led DST since March 2012.
“Dr Zelinsky has transformed DST into a highly successful and valued enabler of Defence capability and the scientific lead for Australia’s national security,” Minister Pyne said.

Arrival of Singaporean Chinooks at Oakey

Five Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Chinook helicopters have arrived at the Army Aviation Training Centre at Oakey, Queensland.

The Chinooks are located at Oakey in order to access the outstanding flying training environment available on the Darling Downs.

The Chinooks will operate under the terms of the Oakey Treaty between Australia and Singapore, and are expected to commence flying activities this month. Australian Army Aviation flying training operations will not be affected.

Launch of the Defence Industry Skilling Survey

Australian businesses and organisations will be given the opportunity to have their say about the workforce challenges and skills-related barriers affecting their contribution to the modernisation of Australian Defence Force capabilities.
In another initiative to assist the Australian defence industry in having the workforce with the right skills to meet future capability requirements, the Government has appointed Mr Stephen Hayes MBE, an international management expert, as the National Defence Industry Workforce and Skills Facilitator.

Land 400 Phase 3 – consulting with industry

Joint release with the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry
Defence is seeking input from Australian industry on the proposed tender timeline for LAND 400 Phase 3. The acquisition of mounted close combat vehicle capability through the tender will be one of Army’s largest purchases.
The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said consulting on the draft timeline would lead to a smoother and better informed tender process reducing the cost of tendering to industry.

HMAS Warramunga completes mission in the Middle East

Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne, today announced HMAS Warramunga is returning to Australia after a highly successful Royal Australian Navy (RAN) deployment to the Middle East Region.
Minister Payne said that during the seven-and-a-half month deployment, the Australian warship intercepted 16 vessels carrying illicit narcotics, seizing a total of around 31.8 tonnes of hashish and two tonnes of heroin valued at approximately $2.17 billion.*
“This is the largest cumulative total ever seized by an Australian Major Fleet Unit,” Minister Payne said.

Minister for Foreign Affairs & Minister for Defence – Joint Media Release – Australian Government welcomes the extension of ceasefire in Afghanistan

The Australian Government welcomes President Ashraf Ghani’s offer to extend the Afghan Government’s ceasefire with the Taliban, so that it continues after the Eid al-Fitr celebration.
We support President Ghani’s efforts to initiate a peace process to end the country’s conflict, including an offer in February for peace-talks with the Taliban without preconditions.
The Afghan people have overwhelmingly supported the cessation of hostilities during Eid, a symbolic time for peace and goodwill. The ceasefire has given Afghans hope that lasting peace may be possible.

ADF support regional health care for Pacific Partnership 18

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will complete Exercise Pacific Partnership 2018 today with the exercise focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) from a health care perspective.
Commencing on 17 March 2018, the region’s largest multilateral humanitarian assistance exercise was conducted in the Indo and Asia-Pacific regions where Australians worked alongside military personnel from the United States, Canada, France, United Kingdom, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Peru and Chile.