Monthly Archives: August 2018

Army equipment on display in Canberra

The Australian Army has today displayed a range of equipment and capabilities in Canberra for Army Demonstration Day 2018.

A wide range of equipment capabilities were on show, such as a number of armoured vehicles – including an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank – Hawkei and Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles, artillery, air defence systems, and a variety of individual soldier combat weaponry and protective equipment.

Military careers and capability on show at ADFA open day

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) today welcomed thousands of prospective trainee officers, their families and friends, and members of the local community to its annual open day.

As Australia’s joint military training institution, ADFA opens its doors each year on the last Saturday in August to give the public an opportunity to learn about life and study at the Academy.

The Commandant of ADFA, Brigadier Cheryl Pearce, said the Academy was an excellent pathway for those considering a military career.

IPE18 completes its final port visit

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has completed its final two port visits as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE) 2018, marking the conclusion of a three month journey across the Pacific, working with Pacific Island partners in support of regional prosperity and security.

HMA Ships Adelaide and Toowoomba visited the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara, while HMAS Success visited Rabaul in Papua New Guinea.

Australian Army Phantoms fly into service

The capability of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), including the DJI Phantom 4 and the Black Hornet, were on display today at Randwick Barracks as the Australian Army continues to roll out the technology across the country.
Sydney-based personnel of the 17th Combat Service Support Brigade (17 CSS BDE), today received a DJI Phantom 4 UAS as part of the Army’s plan to issue 350 UAS, with each unit receiving up to three systems.

ADF rescues four seriously injured people in Solomon Islands

The Australian Defence Force’s Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group (IPE18) has assisted the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force in rescuing four seriously injured people after a violent incident occurred in an outlying part of the country.
The incident occurred on Bellona Island, about 200 kilometres south of the Solomon Island’s capital Honiara. It is understood a seven year old girl died as a result of the attack last night (Friday).

ADF successfully completes Exercise RIMPAC 2018

More than 1,600 members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) have successfully completed Exercise RIMPAC 2018, the world’s largest multinational maritime exercise.
Exercise RIMPAC 2018 culminated this week in a major multi-national amphibious landing activity, following four weeks of gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air-defence exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, and mine clearance operations.

Opening of the Accenture Innovation Hub for Defence and National Security

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP has today opened the new Accenture Innovation Hub for Defence and National Security in Canberra.
Minister Pyne said Accenture’s Innovation Hub was a significant investment towards building local ICT capabilities and would provide a dedicated space for Defence and National Security projects.

New award to recognise Defence Industry’s achievements

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today launched the Defence Industry Service Commendation to recognise exceptional achievements within Australia’s defence industry.
Minister Pyne said the Commendation would be awarded to individuals or teams who demonstrate superior achievement or devotion in the application of skills, judgement, innovation or dedication to duty in Australian defence industry for the benefit of Australia’s defence capability.